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The responsible shipping approach comprises three objectives, whose actions are described in the following table:
Objectives of the responsible shipping approach Raising awareness and controlling emissions
Since 2014 a steering working group has been tasked with identifying solutions to achieve significant and long-term reductions in air freight, uniting all the professional functions involved and working closely with teams from every category and from all over the world. Transport companies that are committed to sustainable development are also regularly consulted. The specific monitoring of air transport was introduced in 2014, with quarterly reports to the management teams in each zone. In 2020 a tool for overseeing airfreight was implemented Group-wide. This tool requires multiple justifications and approvals prior to the authorization of any shipment by air. Already in 2020, this new tool reduced BIC’s total annual air freight by 51%, for a saving of 8,600 tons of CO 2 . In addition, in 2020, the BIC Group has launched a project to capture all of its downstream transportation flows and thus better track the associated emissions. The first results are expected in early 2021.
Optimizing shipments and routes In shipping, the main leverage points for decreasing emissions are the reduction of the distances traveled, the choice of transportation mode and load optimization. BIC’s logistical teams work on all three points in cooperation with other departments within the Group, such as Production and Sales, and service providers. Selecting responsible carriers Logistical operations are carried out by transport companies chosen by BIC. Therefore, their equipment, methods and
management systems are determining factors in the level of GHG emissions, including the age of the vehicles, training in the techniques of eco-driving, the use of speed governors, tire technology, emission measurement capacities, etc. In conjunction with the Group’s responsible purchasing policy, BIC selects carriers that can reduce the ecological footprint of its shipping operations. For example, in the U.S. and Canada, the Group only works with carriers that have received SmartWay ® certification, a program designed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To encourage its transport service providers to adopt responsible practices, BIC has incorporated the reduction of GHG emissions in its criteria for selecting carriers.
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