Global CSR strategy – Our commitment to the community

Global CSR Community

Geodis’ global CSR strategy is organised around the Group’s four stakeholders:
employees, customers, partners, and the community.


Geodis has a global CSR strategy to pursue its development in harmony with its environment, wherever the Group is present. For this reason, the Group has set up strong and ambitious targets to improve the environmental performance, the carbon efficiency of its activities and to support societal initiatives reflecting its values of solidarity and commitment.

Carbon Efficiency

Restated ambitions in carbon efficiency
Freight transport generates 10% of global emissions of CO2, the main greenhouse gas responsible for global warming*. Geodis has made it a strategic priority to cut greenhouse gas emissions. In 2011, Geodis conducted the first global, exhaustive assessment of its carbon footprint as part of the Oxygen project. In terms of method, this project is based on the most effective standards and tools:

  • Bilan Carbone® (carbon assessment) developed by ADEME, the French Environment and Energy Management Agency
  • The GHG (Greenhouse Gas) Protocol
  • EcoTransIT World, a tool designed to calculate the environmental impact of freight transport.

The calculation covers 98% of revenue (base year 2010) and includes all parameters (vehicle types, fuel consumption, load factor, pre- and post-shipment, vehicles off the road) and all levels of scope, including scope 3 of the GHG Protocol (indirect emissions linked in particular to transport subcontracting). Following this measurement phase, Geodis made a commitment to improve its carbon efficiency by 20% by 2020.
*Global Freight and Climate Change Report, Centre d’Analyse Stratégique, 2010.

Integrating the carbon calculation in our information systems

Following on from Oxygen, Geodis initiated the Blue 2 project to integrate and deploy the EcoTransit IT World tool in the IT solutions used by all Group business functions.

The EcoTransIT World tool measures emissions of greenhouse gases and atmospheric pollutants for all means of transport and all geographical areas. It is aligned with European standard EN 16 258, published in early 2013, which sets out a method for calculating greenhouse gas emissions in the in the transport sector, common to all European countries. The EcoTransIT World method is complementary and coherent with the method developed for the Oxygen project. Consequently, Geodis is able to ensure that all transport flow segments are covered by a proven method of calculation.

With the deployment of calculation tools in the Group’s IT systems through Blue 2, Geodis is implementing a global, harmonized response that will enable it to measure and manage its carbon footprint. The Group will also be able to supply customers with reporting data on the emissions generated by their freight flows, as required by French legislation from October 2013.

Concrete initiatives and incentives for subcontractors

To improve its carbon efficiency, Geodis is continuing its efforts of recent years with:

  • Initiatives targeting its own means of transport (speed limits, on-board IT systems, training in eco-driving, equipment to cut fuel consumption, etc.)
  • Premises (optimized energy consumption and business travel, better waste management, etc.)

The Group’s carbon footprint is highly dependent on the activity of its sub-contractors. Geodis encourages them to pursue their own emission-cutting programs, and is aiming to include their carbon performance in its selection process.

Taking action with the transport sector and with customers
Cutting greenhouse gas emissions requires a collective effort by all players, both carriers and customers. For this reason, the Group is involved in various sectorial initiatives around the world to improve the environmental performance of transport.

For example, Geodis is part of Green Freight Europe, a collaborative platform bringing together carriers and shipping customers. Geodis SCO is involved in the SmartWay program set up by the Environmental Protection Agency in the US, and in Transporte Limpio in Mexico, a government program for the certification of carriers actively seeking to cut their CO2 emissions.

Reducing environmental impacts

  • Reducing local pollution and vehicle fuel consumption

To limit the local pollutant emissions that impact air quality and human health (carbon monoxide CO, nitrogen oxides NOx, particulates, etc.), Geodis continued to renew its fleet in 2012 in line with the Euro 5 standard. Between end of 2011 and end of 2012, the percentage of the fleet meeting the Euro 5 standard rose from almost 48% to 63%, out of 5,286 owned vehicles.

At the same time, the Group is testing the use of vehicles with “clean” drivetrains (electric, hybrid, natural gas, etc.), as part of the urban logistics concept, Distripolis.

Geodis is also continuing efforts to reduce the fuel consumption of its vehicles. Geodis BM has limited engine power since 2006 (82 kph instead of the regulatory 90 kph) for average fuel savings of 1.2 litres/100 km per year. It is also adopting low consumption tires.

Pursuing the same objective, Geodis BM and Geodis Calberson are training all drivers in rational driving techniques. With the on-board IT tools fitted on trucks, any drivers deviating from this safer, more economical style of driving, receive additional training to help them acquire the necessary knowledge and put them into practice for the long term.

  • Sites committed to protecting the environment

As part of a process of continuous improvement, Geodis sites (logistics warehouses, groupage platforms, sales offices, head office, etc.) use an environmental management system based on the ISO 14001 standard. A growing number of sites have already received certification.

This certification requires the sites to implement a structured process to improve their environmental performance. As the Group rents most of its buildings, these initiatives seek primarily to improve infrastructure with the purchase of more efficient equipment and campaigns to raise employee awareness of everyday eco-friendly practices. At the same time, the Group is putting in place measures to cut energy and water consumption, and to optimize business travel and home-work journeys.

Geodis is also deploying a triple QSE certification approach:

  • Quality (ISO 9001)
  • Safety (OHSAS 18001)
  • Environment (ISO 14001)

Significant involvement in the community

  • The Geodis Foundation: committed to preventing exclusion

The Geodis Foundation is an important part of the Group’s social commitment, reflecting its efforts to fight all forms of exclusion. Set up in 2007 under the aegis of Fondation de France, it seeks to encourage entrepreneurship and initiative by disabled people in France.

Every year, the Foundation awards the Guy Crescent prizes to disabled people or to associations working with the disabled. These prizes target initiatives that seek to improve the lives of disabled people or improve projects to create or develop a professional activity.

  • Local initiatives

In all the countries where the Group is present, its employees, sites and business functions are actively involved in charitable and philanthropic initiatives:

  • Support for sick children or cancer sufferers
  • Assistance for disaster victims
  • Action for disabled people

This involvement can take different forms:

  • Donations
  • Sponsoring
  • Financial or logistics support or the shipment of equipment

In France, Geodis supported the initiative “Don de couettes” (duvet donation) to provide charities with duvets used by French rail operator SNCF in its night trains, with more than 80,000 duvets distributed overall.

  • Supporting the sporting world

Geodis shares common values with the sporting world: a sense of solidarity and an ability to push back the limits. For this reason, sport is one of the main fields in which the Group seeks to express its societal commitment, promote diversity and prevent all forms of exclusion. For example, Geodis supports the charitable initiatives of Variétés Club de France, and the association “Remise en jeu” (Back in the game), which supports the social reintegration of homeless people.

It also hoisted the colours of Mira Europe, an association helping young blind people, on its yacht, the Class 40 Geodis.

Reflecting this commitment and global CSR strategy, Geodis supported the ten athletes of Geodis Team, set up in 2011, in the run-up to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. Made up of able-bodied and disabled sportsmen and women from a wide range of backgrounds, the team shared a determination to push back the limits. Supported by Group employees, they came back from London with six medals, of which two gold.