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

      Project Manager Center of Excellence

       

      WEBSITE

       

      More information? Email procurement@iclei.org  

      IN ACTION

      SPP POLICY AND STRATEGY

      To support bpost’s corporate sustainability goals, since 2019, we have developed a Sustainable Procurement Program. 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.


      ZERO-EMISSION LAST MILE DELIVERY

      In the short term, bpost will expand the EcoZones to all large cities in Belgium to reduce the impact on traffic and the environment. First Mechelen transformed into an EcoZone, and Leuven and Bergen are next on the planning.

      In addition, we will gradually replace our fleet by electric vans. Bpost wants to have 1,200 new electric delivery vehicles in use by the end of 2022 and by 2030 the entire fleet is switched to electric vehicles. Other mobility solutions are also foreseen, like 450 electric scooters and 5600 bikes (including city bikes, e-bikes and trailers).


      GREEN BUILDINGS

      bpost is planning to implement a carbon neutral design for all new buildings. In 2022, bpost will move to a new headquarter in Brussels, the building will be completely carbon neutral.

      Also key to achieving further CO2 reductions in the bpost build environment is the improvement of building insulation. Besides this, we are also installing heat pumps, solar panels and LED lighting in our largest buildings, such as our sorting centers and mail centers. The largest seventy buildings account for 80 percent of our energy consumption. So that is where our focus is.


      SPP KEY AREAS 

      In 2021, we have developed a methodology to include ESG in our tender processes. One important aspect is our connection to other external organisations in order to keep up with trends, identify best practices, innovations and opportunities that can be implemented at bpost. Evenly important is the co-creation with internal stakeholders, raising awareness and aligning with the internal client is key during the tender process.

      In the picture above, we summarise the key areas of focus that are aimed to deliver and implement going forward in 2022.

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      FURTHER INFORMATION

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

      Website

      or email procurement@iclei.org