Sofidel 2021 3SAwards winners’ story: Kuehne+Nagel

Sofidel is proud to champion a sustainable supply chain. Its partner, leading global logistics company Kuehne+Nagel, has made sustainability part of its DNA

“Sustainability is not a destination – it’s a journey for us and our customers,” says Ave Crotti, Customer Solutions Team Manager and Global Sustainability Project Leader at Kuehne+Nagel. Based in Switzerland, Kuehne+Nagel provides freight forwarding and supply chain services in over 100 countries worldwide.

The company is a forerunner of sustainability in the world of logistics.

“We implement the highest levels of ethics and compliance, give back to local communities and minimize the impact of our services on the environment,” Crotti explains. “We take a holistic view of sustainability: we see it as an ethical approach towards business, towards our community and towards our employees.”

As well as improving its own practices, Kuehne+Nagel is taking its customers and supply chain partners on the sustainability journey, and the impact is mutually beneficial.

“A more sustainable supply chain is a more resilient supply chain – this is one of the results we get instantly,” says Crotti. “It allows us and our customers to do good and to be profitable.”

Kuehne+Nagel’s partnership with Sofidel is based on shared values and a joint commitment to do good, Italy Managing Director Ruggero Poli explains: “We have been partners with Sofidel for a long time. We both believe in a better future for our stakeholders and the community we operate in.”

Sustainability for good

“Our decades-long commitment to sustainability is now translated into a science-based roadmap to neutrality by 2030,” says Crotti.

“With our Net-Zero Carbon Program, we not only address our own emissions, but we help our customers develop awareness about the supply chain’s carbon footprint. Our aim is to support them in designing a roadmap to neutrality.”

The program offers unrivalled value to Kuehne+Nagel customers. It provides clear assessment processes, actionable frameworks and real tools to work towards sustainability, including by tracking emissions and producing certified documentation.

“With our Net-Zero Carbon Program, we not only address our own emissions, but we help our customers develop awareness about the supply chain’s carbon footprint”

Kuehne+Nagel’s Ave Crotti

Kuehne+Nagel’s Net-Zero Carbon Program earned the Environmental Responsibility award for Large Enterprises in the ‘Best Sustainability Project’ category at Sofidel’s 3SAwards 2021. The category recognizes the most effective and innovative environmental or social sustainability projects realized by Sofidel’s supplier companies worldwide.

“This award celebrates our daily commitment to connecting people and goods via innovative and sustainable solutions,” says Crotti.

The technical assessment committee praised Kuehne+Nagel’s commitment to developing a structured, all-round carbon neutrality strategic roadmap, with a particular focus on decarbonization objectives and scope 3 targets [indirect emissions that occur within a company’s value chain] in such a sensitive sector as transport. Its effort to integrate the value chain into the reasoning and to provide carbon offsetting activities to neutralize CO2 emissions was judged significant. They also noted the fact that Kuehne+Nagel’s project is not a stand-alone program – sustainability is part of the company’s philosophy.

“The journey to sustainability is part of Kuehne+Nagel’s values and DNA,” Poli explains, “and it’s not only a professional commitment, but a personal one.”

The award has further spotlighted the highly cooperative and productive relationship between Kuehne+Nagel and Sofidel.

“It’s amazing to share the same values and goals with Sofidel,” says Crotti. “We look forward to bringing our joint commitment into further action with real emission-reduction initiatives.”

The second time that Kuehne+Nagel has won in Sofidel’s Suppliers Sustainability Awards (3SAwards), having been recognized in the ‘Best Supplier – Logistics Services’ category in 2017, this accolade is another milestone in a long-term journey, driven by a commitment to create a better future.   

Further details:

For more information, please visit the Kuehne+Nagel website.

Ave Crotti
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