BPOST

OVERVIEW

SPP AT BPOST

bpost is Belgium’s leading postal operator and a parcel and e-commerce logistics provider with approximately 36,000 employees in the Benelux, North America and Asia. They deliver mail and parcels to millions of doorsteps and provide logistic services to businesses and consumers, while reducing the impact on the environment and the communities.

Societal responsibility has always been a priority for bpost; that is, the conviction that the growth of the company can and should be combined with positive impact on society. In 2015, it endorsed the objectives of the Paris climate agreement. In 2016, the postal company signed the Belgian Charter for Sustainable Development. In 2017 bpost engaged to Science based target initiative and in 2020 bpost became a member of Belgian Alliance for Climate Action.

Today it is the true ambition of bpost group to be one of the greenest logistics players in the countries we operate and be an employer of choice with a positive impact on society.


SPP HIGHLIGHTS

    As one of Belgium’s leading companies, bpost wishes to play a pioneer role in combatting climate change and has set itself the goal of reducing CO₂ emissions from its activities by 55% by 2030 and reaching net-zero emissions by 2040 (compared to 2019, SBTi pathway 1.5°C trajectory). Next, bpost is also engaging to reduce emissions in the supply chain with 14% (compared to 2019, 2°C trajectory). We want to engage and collaborate with our suppliers to further develop and use environmentally and climate-friendly products, processes and technologies to reduce the impact.

    Within procurement role, we support these ambitions by developing and executing suitable purchasing strategies that respond to social and environmental issues upstream in the supply chain. In our processes we strive to include ESG elements that meet bpost ambitions.

      36,000

      Employees

      4,155m

      Turnover

      2019

      Date joined

      CONTACT

      Lies De Meyer

      Procurement – F&A

       

      WEBSITE

       

      More information? Email procurement@iclei.org  

      IN ACTION

      SPP POLICY AND STRATEGY

      To support bpost’s corporate sustainability goals, we have developed a Sustainable Procurement Program since 2019. The program reflects, on a half-yearly basis, the strategic & operational actions within Procurement. Meaning we report on what is achieved and where we are headed at in the short term. Next to the actions, we communicate on the tools and processes and what is done and planned in terms of training the procurement team to develop their knowledge and expertise in sustainability.

      Other objectives of the Sustainable Procurement Program are:

      • To improve bpost’s performance and continuously improve performance of our suppliers.
      • To endorse sustainability principles throughout the supply chain.
      • To ensure sustainable procurement practices are adopted and maintained.
      • To communicate to our most important stakeholders.
      • To monitor and demonstrate onward progression.


      GREEN FLEETS

      bpost runs Belgium’s biggest electric fleet and broadens it with the Colibus, a first for the Belgian parcel market. Colibus is a full-electric vehicle, specially designed for the parcel market to replace average-sized diesel vans in urban areas. This vehicle is able to carry more than 100 parcels.

      The new Colibus is not only clearly more environmentally friendly than the existing vans. It is also safer and more ergonomic in use, as the driver can either exit through the door on the left (as in a traditional vehicle) or through a door towards the cargo space and then through a door on the right, closer to the ground. This is an improvement in ergonomic terms, as drivers no longer need to turn while exiting, which reduces the physical stresses on their body.


      GREEN BUILDINGS

      bpost has built an eco-friendly distribution centre in the City of Mons (Belgium). The optimally insulated building is equipped with solar panels and distribution of letters and parcels in Mons will be done by electric vehicles. These innovations enable bpost to achieve significantly better energy performances at the Mons distribution centre, with electricity consumption cut by 18% and gas consumption by 55% compared with average consumption at the other distribution centres.

      SPP SECTORS

      Key sectors for bpost's sustainable procurement are:

      • Public works projects
      • Energy
      • Last Mile Delivery
      • Fleet
      • Events
      • Textile products

      Furthermore, a new Toolbox of sustainable procurement will support the integration of environmental aspects in every category.

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      FURTHER INFORMATION

      For further information on the activities of bpost visit their website:

      Website

      or email procurement@iclei.org