Brambles Delivers Important ESG Achievements in the First Year of Its 2025 Sustainability Targets
The global supply chain solutions leader achieved carbon neutrality for its own operations and launches its first pallet made of 100% post-consumer plastic on the path to a regenerative future
Having successfully completed its 2020 sustainability strategy—meeting its key objectives—this time last year, Brambles announced its new 2025 Sustainabilitytargets and ambition to ”Pioneer Regenerative Supply Chains”, based on a ”Planet Positive, Business Positive and Communities Positive” strategy. Just 12 months into the program, Brambles’ Sustainability Review highlights tangible achievements which show great progress toward a net-positive future:
- Brambles is now a carbon-neutral operations business: The company’s net CO2 emissions have been offset across scope 11 and scope 22 by investing in reforestation projects and procurement of renewable electricity. This milestone supports Brambles’ commitment to a 1.5-degree climate future, aligns with the highest level of ambition on the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, and demonstrates early action on its decarbonization pathway3. As part of the Planet Positive targets, Brambles has also maintained 100% sustainable sourcing of timber and has enabled the transformation of more forestry markets to Chain of Custody (CoC) certification;
- Brambles achieved 32% of women in management roles: Workplace Positive targets include rolling out inclusivity, wellbeing-at-work and accessibility initiatives, as well as a commitment to at least 40% of management roles being held by women and doubling the number of women in its plants by 2025;
Brambles is a Top Employer® in 17 countries: Progress toward WorkplacePositive targets was also achieved with Brambles being recognized as a Top Employer® in 17 countries, including the
U.S., and across four regions, illustrating the company’s commitment to its staff and to creating an inclusive and rewarding work environment. Brambles’ ambition is to extend this certification to as many countries as possible and be recognized as Global Top Employer; and
- Brambles continues to deliver to communities when they need it most: Communities Positive is the third pillar of the 2025 sustainability strategy and is essential for Brambles' wider, positive contribution to society. Brambles’ in-kind equipment donations helped provide more than 17,400,000 people with meals via its food rescue partners across the globe in FY21. Finally, around 100,000 people were positively impacted through the company’s circular economy communications, training and advocacy efforts.
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Brambles’ share and reuse model already offers many environmental savings to customers' supply chains in comparison to single-use alternatives. In the last year, Brambles’ solutions have helped its customers achieve the following savings4:
- 2.4 million metric tons of CO2 - equivalent to the CO2 emitted by 454,500 homes1 in one year;
- 3,160 megaliters of water - or approximately 1,240 Olympic sized pools;
- 3.1 million cubic meters of wood;
- 3.2 million trees; and
- 1.4 million metric tons of waste.
Brambles is recognized as a global sustainability leader
Brambles’ sustainability credentials and performance continue to be recognized as world leading. Barron’s Magazine, published by
The Group also achieved an overall A- rating in the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy Assessment Tool, Circulytics, and is notably one of the major private sector partners instrumental in developing the tool and promoting the many business benefits of transitioning from a linear to a circular model.
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Explore Brambles’ 2021 Sustainability Review on brambles.com/sustainabilityreview2021
Explore Brambles’ 2021 Annual Report on: brambles.com/2021annualreport
1 Scope 1 carbon emissions refers to direct emissions generated from the burning of fuel.
2 Scope 2 refers to indirect emissions resulting from the production of electricity that is purchased.
3 Brambles will provide an update on its commitment to a Science-Based Target, which addresses emissions in our supply chain, predominantly third-party transport and subcontractors’ operations and new timber for pallets, in the lead up to the
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