Leader in parcel logistics operating throughout Europe, the GLS Group is aware of its responsibilities towards people, the environment and society.

GLS views sustainability in its entirety, taking an interest in the ecological and social, but also economic aspects of social responsibility.

Its objective is to guarantee its customers a logistics service of optimal quality and to ensure its employees a stable position within a solid company. The two go hand in hand for GLS. Through this service, GLS also contributes to the mobility of goods and their availability, which constitute the backbone of the economy.
For subsequent generations, the company intends to achieve sustainable economic success in connection with protecting the environment. GLS is also committed to the society in which it operates.

GLS Group Environmental Standard
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Climate Protect

GLS works with respect for the environment and opts for responsible use of materials and a reduction in emission values.

Climate Protect - environmental protection

Responsibility for our environment

The protection of our environment is a fundamental principle of GLS, which its employees apply on a daily basis throughout Europe. GLS launched in 2008 its sustainable development initiative Climate Protect in order to coordinate and actively promote the various activities carried out within the GLS Group.

Objectives of the initiative:

  • Promote responsible use of resources
  • Reduce emissions
  • Optimize waste elimination

A desire to think and act in an eco responsible manner marks all sectors of the company from transport planning to workstations including buildings.

Environmental managers are present in all GLS subsidiaries. They oversee the implementation of environmental measures taken at Group level.

Environmental management: ISO 14001 certified

GLS’s environmental management system contributes to implementing the actions defined under the Climate Protect initiative and achieving the objectives set. The environmental management system obtained its first ISO 14001 certification in 2011 in the following countries: Germany, Austria, Belgium and the Netherlands. All GLS subsidiaries now have this label.

Ecological footprint

GLS regularly documents and monitors progress made in protecting the environment. Since 2008/2009, the calculation of its ecological footprint provides information on emissions, resource consumption and waste disposal across the Group. In its recent sustainability report, GLS publishes the figures for the evolution of its emissions. The method used to calculate the emissions complies with ISO 14064-1 and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. GLS calculates its carbon dioxide emissions per parcel on the basis of its ecological footprint assessment.