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Rhenus insists on Sustainability

Protecting the environment is not just a Rhenus marketing strategy – rather it is the result of the logistics services provider’s enterprising way of doing business. Rhenus insists on using efficient processes, the shortest routes and handling resources carefully in all its business areas. This enables Rhenus to lower costs, satisfy its customers’ requirements and play its part in protecting the environment, all at the same time.

Almost every type of transportation or logistics activity without exception requires energy – whether it is a truck route, forklift truck operations or a crane working at a port – and therefore causes emissions. So Rhenus is continually working to find better solutions: avoiding empty runs, fully exploiting existing facilities, linking modes of transportation in an intelligent manner and using environmentally-friendly means of transportation. 

You can discover more here about how Rhenus is playing its part in protecting the environment, about the sustainable logistics concepts that we have already introduced and how Rhenus is supporting its customers in keeping their products’ carbon footprint as small as possible.

Contract Logistics

Rhenus places great importance on sustainability when building new logistics centres. All the new buildings are certified according to the German Sustainable Building Council’s standards. This means that energy efficiency levels are significantly increased even before the start of operating business. Efficient processes, short distances and the latest technology then reduce energy consumption during business operations. Rhenus also uses other energy-efficient equipment – for example, solar panels (for instance, in Basel, Zaragoza and Weil am Rhein), daylight control systems, electric fork-lift trucks and towing tractors or lightweight trucks. Rhenus took delivery of the first hybrid truck in Germany in the Mercedes Benz innovation fleet in 2011. Rhenus Office Systems is using this vehicle.

Port Logistics

Transporting goods by water is the most environmentally-friendly means of shipping items. And this fact can be measured at Rhenus thanks to the pioneer work performed by Contargo with regard to calculating emissions for inland waterway traffic. Rhenus provides comprehensive low-emission transportation services as the leading provider of inland waterway services and with its dense network of ports (maritime and inland waterway) along Europe’s waterways. By deliberating shifting traffic to the waterways, e.g. by using the “Greenliner” at the port of Hamburg, Rhenus skilfully reduces journey times, increases the throughput and eases the pressure on the environment at the same time.

Freight Logistics

The Rhenus network is subject to a process involving continual adjustments and optimisation. This enables the company to achieve the maximum load factors, reduce the number of empty trips and prevent truck delivery runs. Flows of goods are sent to major conurbations in consolidated form, traffic movements are prevented and this protects the environment and the population. At the same time, Rhenus is certifying more and more business centres in line with DIN EN ISO 14001. An internal environmental benchmark enables best practices to be shared among business centres.

Environmental Guidelines

Like every company, we bear responsibility for the environment. For this reason we obtain certification according to DIN EN ISO 14001: the TÜV Nord screens our environmental policy and the environmental management system annually.

Environmental protection is a leadership task. Managers must set an example. Moreover, we expect of our employees ecosensitive action. 

Our environmental policy:

1. Compliance with environmental regulation
We observe all existing environmental regulations and provisions.

2. Information to the public
By providing objective information we awaken public and customer confidence.

3. The best available technology
We want to avoid environmental damage in all operational situations. As far as it is economically justifiable, we deploy the best available technology.

4. Employee training
The environmental awareness of employees is advanced at all levels by training.

5. Continuous improvement of environmental protection
Our target is continuous improvement of environmental protection throughout the group.

6. Incident precautions
We take precautions so as to avoid incidents.

7. Contract partners
Firms active at our branch locations are informed about our environmental policy and included in our activities.

8. Sparing use of resources
We use energy selectively and sparingly. Through technical and organisational measures we minimise the amount of waste material, trash, environmentally pollutive emissions and liquid waste.

RHENUS SE & CO KG (GROUP) is in the top 7% of companies assessed by EcoVadis in their sector.

For the fourth time already, the Rhenus Group has performed an assessment of the rating platform EcoVadis and successfully performed.

Already in 2015, the Rhenus Group immediately achieved silver status with its involvement in the four assessment areas Environment, Labor and Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement.

Due to the introduction of further measures, the silver status has been steadily expanded towards gold.

With a score of 59, the Rhenus Group ranks among the top 30 performers of any EcoVadis rated supplier.

Particularly noteworthy was the performance in the category "Other transport services", to which the Rhenus Group belongs. In the respective categories, the Rhenus Group is always in the first third: Environment (Top 4%), Labor and Human Rights (Top 19%) and Sustainable Procurement (Top 18%).

The evaluation by EcoVadis is becoming increasingly important. EcoVadis' Silver rating gives our customers and partners an official endorsement of our sustainability and social responsibility performance.

CEO Michael Brockhaus: "The good result of the Rhenus Group confirms our successful endeavor to live up to all aspects of life in our service. This EcoVadis rating is only possible if all branches follow the Rhenus Guidelines, which are characterized by trust, fairness and transparency."

EcoVadis is an independent agency for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) evaluation. The CSR valuation technology considers 190 purchasing categories, 150 countries and 21 CSR indicators. The methodology is based on international CSR standards, including the Global Reporting Initiative, United Nations Global Compact and ISO 26000. Approximately 50,000 suppliers are now being evaluated.

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59439 Holzwickede
Germany
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