27-Mar-2014 Düsseldorf / Germany
Advance accolade for sustainable logistics
Henkel has received the “Lean and Green Award” in recognition of the sustainability credentials of its transport and logistics activities within the Laundry & Home Care business unit. This award, conferred for the first time, honors the efforts made by companies in implementing specific measures to improve sustainability with a verifiable reduction in the CO2 emissions arising from their logistics processes.
Since the launch of the “Lean and Green” initiative by the organization GS1 Germany, companies have already prepared individual action plans for their transport and warehousing activities. The objective: to reduce the carbon footprint of their logistics processes by at least 20 percent within five years. Yesterday, at Log 2014, a conference organized by the EHI Retail Insitute, the German brands association “Markenverband,” and GS1 Germany, each participant received their Lean and Green Award.
For Henkel, the award was accepted by Oliver Wittig, Head of Logistics (Germany/Switzerland) within the Laundry & Home Care business unit, who says: “The Lean and Green initiative enables us to pursue sustainable development in a verifiable, specific manner adapted to our individual situation. The target has been set, but we determine what actions to take – an optimal mix.” Successful examples of concrete measures already implemented by Henkel include the introduction of a new central detergents depot in Düsseldorf to reduce transport distances, the upgrading of transportation vehicles to the Euro 6 emissions standard, and optimization of the customer orders structure.
The principle underlying the Lean and Green initiative is to pursue cost reductions through improved environmental compatibility. TÜV Nord, a German technical inspectorate, assesses the action plans put forward by the participating companies for their ability to achieve the stated climate protection targets. Provided they pass through this gate, the companies receive the Lean and Green Award. Henkel is the first company that has been certified. And provided companies succeed in reducing their CO2 emissions by 20 percent within the specified five-year limit, they are awarded the “Lean and Green Star”.