DHL won the Product Excellence award at the 4th Annual Global CSR Awards 2012, Asia’s most prestigious recognition awards programme for corporate social responsibility. The award recognises the company for its efforts in minimising the environmental impact of shipping goods around the world with its GOGREEN service.
Starting in 2006, DHL was the first logistics company to introduce a carbon neutral shipping service – the GOGREEN Carbon Neutral service. Today, the service covers letters, parcels and express deliveries, and recently, freight shipments. This service calculates CO2 emissions produced during the shipping process, which DHL then offsets through investments in external climate protection projects in India, China, Brazil, Nicaragua and Turkey.
In 2010, DHL sent 1.7 billion GOGREEN shipments across all business units and in the process offset around 82,000 tonnes of CO2 for its customers. In the same year, the Express division in Asia Pacific achieved double-digit improvements with CO2 efficiency up 14.1 per cent compared to 2009.
In 2010, DHL Global Forwarding launched three environmentally friendly products, enabling its customers to obtain a new Carbon Footprint Report, which offers a detailed overview of the CO2 emissions generated by their shipments per trade lane. Customers can also order a Carbon Offsetting of their shipments where the generated CO2 emissions are offset via certified external climate protection projects. To provide customers with clear and transparent analyses of emissions associated with their shipments, DHL Global Forwarding also offers customers the GOGREEN Carbon Dashboard, an easily accessed IT platform.
The GOGREEN services offered by the DHL Express and DHL Global Forwarding, Freight divisions form part of the overall environmental protection program of Deutsche Post DHL. Customers of DHL GOGREEN services receive a statement for their CO2 neutral shipments, which they can use in their own value-added chain. The emissions calculations and offsetting for the GOGREEN service are reviewed annually by the independent Societe Generale de Surveillance, in line with the principles of the ISO 14064 standard.
The Global CSR Awards are organised by The Pinnacle Group International to recognise and honour companies for their outstanding, innovative and world-class products, services, projects and programmes implemented in 2011-2012.