CHEP, the supply chain solutions company, has been named winner of Coca-Cola Enterprises’ (CCE) 2015 Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Supplier Award for its continuous efforts to develop innovative and sustainable supply chains.
CCE praised CHEP’s sustainability efforts as well as its rise to Gold Level – the highest possible – in the analysis system of EcoVadis, the leading European agency for evaluating supply and service partners. Every year, EcoVadis assesses about 20,000 suppliers from over 100 countries and across 150 business sectors and rates them on 21 criteria related to Environment, Fair Labour Practices, Ethics/Fair Business Practices and Supply Chain.
David Cowell, Vice President, Procurement at CCE, said: “CHEP is leading the way in sustainability and keeps pushing innovation boundaries in modern supply chains. In addition, CCE and CHEP collaborated and jointly developed an efficiency enhancement in the form of an innovative new CHEP dolly, a wheeled conversion of the CHEP quarter-pallet”.
CCE also participates in CHEP’s Collaborative Transportation Programme in which CHEP customers and partners work together to make sure loaded trucks never run empty after a delivery, instead collecting empty pallets from a CHEP partner or quality-inspected pallets from the nearest CHEP plant to be sent to another CHEP customer.
This closed loop process eliminates empty truck movements and reduces transportation costs. In the past 12 months, the Collaborative Transportation Programme has removed three million kilometres of truck haulage from European roads, reducing Carbon Dioxide emissions by 2.946 tonnes – the equivalent of CO2 emissions from the electricity use of 397 homes for one year – while saving cost for CHEP customers.
Michael Pooley, CHEP President for European Pallets Operations, said: “It is an honour to be named Coca-Cola Enterprises’ Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Award winner. A great achievement that we reached due to the continuous sustainable collaborations and initiatives we established and continue to set up across Europe. The award demonstrates what can be achieved by working together. When we are recognised by our customers in this way, we know that we are moving in the right direction”.
CCE is the world’s third-largest independent Coca-Cola bottler, and manufactures, sells and distributes Coca-Cola products across eight countries in Europe: the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Monaco, Norway and Sweden.