Sustainability

Pioneering regenerative supply chains

Our commitment to regeneration includes our planet, business partners and communities: Together, we are leading a regenerative revolution.

CHEP’s business model is inherently sustainable. By using our pooled equipment and sustainability solutions our customers’ supply chains become more efficient in terms of cost and use of natural resources. We help customers become part of the circular economy through share and reuse. The more customers use our platforms, the greater the efficiencies.

CHEP plays a major role in advancing the Brambles Group’s Sustainability strategy and achieving its 2025 Sustainability Goals, which are tied to the Sustainable Development Goals set out by the United Nations.

All of our Sustainability activities are built around becoming Planet Positive, Business Positive and Communities Positive. 

Click here to learn more about sustainability at Brambles. 

Our FY21 Sustainability Highlights

We are a sustainable business and, as part of the Brambles Group, had several great successes in FY21. By implementing the circular economy, at a global scale, we achieved 100% sustainably sourced timber, 96.7% Chain-of-Custody Certification and carbon neutral operations powered by 100% renewable electricity.

Download our Sustainability Highlights 2021 here
CHEP Sustainability Highlights 2021
CHEP Sustainability Highlights 2021

How we can help you become more sustainable?

Our sustainability programme operates on three levels. Scroll down to see how each one reduces your operational costs and environmental impact.

  • Share and Reuse

    We replace single-use packaging with high quality, reusable pallets and containers to eliminate waste, making your business more efficient and sustainable.

  • Collaboration Projects

    We are more than just a pallet company. Through a full analysis of your supply chains we identify areas where we can work together to address your specific logistical challenges to save you time and money. Contact your account manager or reach out to our team by clicking here.

  • Best Practices

    By partnering with CHEP you get access to our world-class supply chain professionals. Organisations from all across the globe have endorsed our supply chain expertise and the sustainability benefits it brings to our customers.

Share and Reuse

Circular Economy

Share and Reuse
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Our Share and Reuse business model

Watch this short video to see how our Share and Reuse business model results in waste reduction.

The APCO Waste Hierarchy and the Circular Economy

The Waste Hierarchy

Our Share and Reuse business model results in waste reduction. In the Waste Hierarchy, this is a superior use of the Earth’s precious resources than waste management by using one-way alternatives. CHEP customers participate in the circular economy, an inherently sustainable model that keeps products and materials in use, designs out waste and pollution, and regenerates natural systems.

Click here to learn more about the circular economy from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Click here to learn more about the waste hierarchy published on page 8 of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) Sustainable Packaging Guidelines (SPGs)

Collaboration Projects in a Zero Waste World

For CHEP, and our customers, we strive for Zero Waste by:

  • Removing physical waste,
  • Eliminating empty transport legs,
  • Cutting out inefficiency and
  • Reducing food waste.

We call this our Zero Waste World program. This is a new working end-to-end collaboration for leading companies committed to creating smarter and more sustainable supply chains.

We work with you, your suppliers, your logistics partners, and others to find opportunities where cooperation can make your business more efficient, effective and sustainable - everyday.

Learn more about Zero Waste World here
Collaboration Projects in a Zero Waste World
Collaboration Projects in a Zero Waste World

Customers in Australia by sharing and reusing our pallets and RPCs have saved:

  • 150,707 litres of water equivalent to 60 olympic swimming pools.
  • 1.24 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent to 828,000 tonnes of CO2 absorbed by trees.
  • 752,506 tonnes of waste equivalent to 107,501 garbage trucks full of waste.
Source: CHEP Australia Sustainability Highlights
Customer savings
Optimising sustainability performance

Best Practices

We produce world-class best practice guidelines to show you how you can make your business more sustainable and cost-effective. Below you can see just some of the organisations that have endorsed CHEP’s sustainability credentials.

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
This index judges companies on over 600 environmental, social and corporate governance factors.

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices. Under its parent company Brambles, CHEP is in the 96th percentile in industry category.

EcoVadis

EcoVadis
Multiple Awards received from EcoVadis

CHEP has received multiple Awards from EcoVadis, which provides Supplier Sustainability Ratings for global supply chains. EcoVadis’ methodology is built on international Corporate Social Responsibility standards and these Awards recognise CHEP in the top 5% of companies assessed.

 

Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO)

Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO)
Outstanding zero waste to landfill target achievement

APCO is a co-regulatory, not-for-profit organisation that partners with government and industry to reduce the harmful impact of packaging on the Australian environment.

As a signatory to APCO, CHEP has been involved in a number of events including hosting and addressing its membership-base on sustainability and supply chain initiatives. CHEP Australia can support members by providing strategies to lower the impact of packaging in your APCO Action Plan and provide data to support your baseline and progress against these plans in your APCO Annual Report.

At the APCO Awards, CHEP Australia was proud to be the recipient of the Outstanding Achievement Award in Industry Leadership and the winner of the Logistics and Warehousing Industry Sector Award. The annual APCO Awards celebrates Australian organisations leading the way in sustainable packaging design and innovation and industry’s commitment to delivering the 2025 National Packaging Targets.

Click here to view CHEP Australia's 2020 Annual Report and Action Plan. 

United Nations

United Nations
The UN Refugee Agency partnered with CHEP because we are a global supply chain leader.

Our Sustainability programme is endorsed by the United Nations (UN) and our 2025 Sustainability Goals are fully aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. CHEP has worked very closely with the United Nations Refugee Agency to improve its supply chains and ensure emergency aid gets to where it’s needed as quickly as possible.

We are also a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact. This is a voluntary corporate citizenship initiative that encourages businesses to align their strategy and operations with ten universally accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Landcare Australia

Landcare Australia
Focused on natural habitat restoration, enhancing biodiversity and building resilience in Australia’s food and farming systems

Landcare plays a leading role in changing Australia’s approach to sustainable agricultural practices, environmental protection, land and water conservation, biodiversity and landscape restoration whilst connecting communities.

The partnership delivers a number of strategic projects that create value for CHEP’s supply chain partners, the environment and regional communities. Landcare Australia’s rigorous project selection criteria ensures the partnership delivers a range of positive outcomes including, natural habitat restoration, enhancing biodiversity and building resilience in Australia’s food and farming systems. These important issues connect CHEP’s supply chain partners to the needs of society and the environment, and support Landcare Australia’s vision for all Australians to actively care for the land and water that sustains us.

Communities Positive

At CHEP we are dedicated to giving back to the communities we operate in. We provide permanent employees three days of Volunteer Leave and make monetary and in-kind donations to various charities and not-for-profit organisations. A lot of our community work is for foodbanks supporting food security for those most in need.

Case Study: Partnering with Foodbank to support communities in need

In 2020, CHEP Australia provided financial, in-kind and volunteer support to help Foodbank Australia support communities impacted by bushfires and COVID-19, the suddenly unemployed, seniors in isolation and families everywhere struggling to make ends meet.

Through our partnership, we enabled over 61.5 million equivalent meals to be sourced and distributed to help fight food hunger in Australia and reached over 3 million people doing it tough across Australia.

Together, these efforts support five United Nations Sustainability Development Goals: 2 Zero Hunger; 12 Responsible Consumption and Production; 17 Partnerships for the Goals; 1 No Poverty; and 10 Reduced Inequalities.

Learn more here
Foodbank
Supporting Communities

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