A pioneer of green logistics
Posti’s environmental management is based on environmental management standards, particularly ISO 14001, as well as legal and official requirements and the UN’s Global Compact principles and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Environmental issues are discussed both in the Management Board and the Audit Committee at least once a year as part of more extensive corporate responsibility reporting. The targets for environmental work are determined by the corporate responsibility steering group. The business groups determine more detailed operating programs as part of their management model. Posti’s quality and environmental policy covers all countries of operation.
Employees’ awareness of environmental issues is promoted through training and employee orientation as part of the ISO 14 001 management system. Environmental issues are also regularly discussed in the channels of internal communication. At the end of 2017, certified environmental management systems covered 87 percent (83 percent) of the Group’s employees. The warehouses in Russia also follow an environmental management system pursuant to ISO 14 001.
Posti’s environmental program aims to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions by 30 percent by 2020, in relation to net sales (compared to 2007). By 2017, Posti’s emissions relative to net sales had declined by 17 percent. Absolute carbon-dioxide emissions have been reduced by more than 34,000 metric tons of carbon-dioxide (20 percent) from 2007 to 2017.
To ensure sustainable development, Posti has undertaken to:
- comply with all applicable environmental laws and standards, including ISO 14001;
- reduce the fuel consumption of its vehicles;
- reduce the energy consumption of its facilities;
- improve recycling and reduce landfill waste;
- consider environmental aspects in sourcing, subcontracting and investment decisions;
- engage in open discussion with its stakeholders to minimize its environmental impact;
- ensure sufficient resources for maintaining and continually improving its environmental operations; and
- report its environmental impact annually and provide employees with information and the opportunity to operate in an environmentally efficient manner.
Recycling of work clothing
Posti uses a recycling model to maximize the life cycle of valuable and usable work clothing. Extra, usable work clothing is sent to the warehouse of the work clothing supplier, where the clothing is washed, repaired and labelled as recycled. In the warehouse, recycled work clothing is placed on top of the piles. When ordering new work clothing, recycled clothing is always received first. Work clothing that is unfit for recycling ends up being utilized in energy production or as mixed waste.
Up to 99 percent of waste already recovered
Posti has centralised its waste management services to a single operator in Finland. This ensures energy efficiency and cost-effectiveness. The aim of waste management is to increase the amount of recoverable waste and minimize landfill waste. Posti aims to improve the recovery rate by one percent every year. In 2017, the recovery rate was 99 percent and the recycling rate was 65 percent. Each of Posti’s ISO 14001 certified operating locations has a documented waste management plan. It includes a list of what waste fractions the property collects, related operating models, and illustrations of the placement of waste containers at the property. The volumes of waste per fraction are presented in more detail under Indicators.