In 2018, the Group has said that it continued improving its sustainable development performance while applying innovative approaches to find ever more effective and environmentally friendly solutions.
A strengthened CSR framework
Since signing the United Nations Global Compact in 2009, GEFCO has promoted the development of environmentally friendly technologies and ensured the protection of human and labour rights in the fight against corruption. Its ethical code guarantees that all employees comply with these guidelines, while an Ethics Committee ensures that they are properly monitored and implemented on a daily basis.
Stéphane Milhet, Executive Vice President Human Resources and CSR at GEFCO: “As an organisation, GEFCO’s choices and actions have a profound impact on our partners, our employees, and on the environment. We can help shape territories, strengthen local economies, and make a positive difference throughout the world”.
Optimised, cleaner and increasingly connected transport
For the second consecutive year, GEFCO achieved a 2% avoidance of carbon emissions relating to transport thanks to specific actions undertaken in 2018. This figure is in line with the objectives set and made possible by optimising transport flows, improving the vehicle fleet and promoting multimodal solutions that offer concrete alternatives to road transport. Innovation is also a key driver with new technologies. Other innovative solutions are also being studied, such as the electrification of vehicles and connected transport. In Spain and Czech Republic, GEFCO has started implementing services using double-trailer trucks with lengths between 25 and 30 metres, which increase loading capacity and productivity, limiting the number of trucks on the road and CO2 emissions.
With 300 sites around the world, GEFCO ensures that impact on the environment and neighbours is minimised with ambitious targets for reducing energy consumption and landfill use while increasing recycling and energy recovery. In 2018, 69% of the Group's waste was recovered or recycled and 59 of its business lines had achieved ISO 14001 certification.
A CSR performance certified by EcoVadis and CDP
In 2018, GEFCO was certified Gold by EcoVadis. This certification reflects an advanced level of performance in the four areas monitored by EcoVadis: environmental impact management, HR practices, ethics and professional conduct and purchasing policy. In 2018, GEFCO scored two more points than in 2016, reaching a score of 64 out of 100. The Group is once again among the top 5% of companies in terms of CSR, out of the 30,000 evaluated by EcoVadis worldwide.
GEFCO also obtained a “B” on the CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) questionnaire on climate change. CDP manages the global information disclosure system that enables companies, cities, states and regions to measure and manage their environmental impacts. The organisation gives ratings from A to D. With this rating, GEFCO ranks above the sector average.
A partnership CSR approach
GEFCO works daily with its partners, customers and stakeholders to achieve the highest standards of responsibility, true to its “Partners, unlimited” culture. At the end of 2018, 1,478 road transport providers had signed the GEFCO's Responsible Purchasing Charter (RPC), representing 76% of regular route spending.
Innovation, a shared value
In 2018, the Group launched the GEFCO Innovation Factory, empowering every employee to invent and explore innovative ideas, with the potential of developing them into solutions to support business growth. At the same time, GEFCO has partnered with Techstars, a global start-up accelerator which gives the Group access to a unique innovation ecosystem and a number of innovative and sustainable solution opportunities.