Dr. Detlef Trefzger
Today more than ever, transformation is steered by consumer behaviour. This is a simple, but strong perception which we have fully taken on: Listening to customers and consumers has become the focus of our attention. This is why at Kuehne+Nagel, we have set ourselves the task to connect people and goods with innovative and sustainable logistics solutions.
Transformation as such has many aspects – just like sustainability. Both are “big words”, and they are closely linked to each other: Not only because they are evolutionary processes, but also due to the fact that they facilitate each other. Having started to implement digital processes and applications early on, today we are ready to take the big task of sustainability to a whole new level and make it a crucial part of our company's identity and culture. Using our digital ecosystem and building on our increasing expertise in artificial intelligence, we have been creating innovative solutions to drive sustainability for us and our customers.
More than a solution, but a comprehensive field of action with an immense impact on all we do, is our “Net Zero Carbon programme” which we launched in the second half of 2019. Taking on the role as an industry leader and pioneer in sustainable logistics, we are pushing decarbonisation in our company, for our customers and finally in favour of our global environment. I am proud to say, that today we can offer smart solutions to visualise, reduce and offset CO2 emissions because already in the past we have started to think and act in an innovative manner.
Sustainability, however, is more than environmental protection. We consider ourselves a sustainable company – in every aspect – and this means above all, that everything we do is based on integrity towards customers, consumers and colleagues – as expressed in our enhanced Code of Conduct. We are convinced that this is the only way to be sustainable, today and tomorrow. Furthermore, for us, data and technology are key. When smartly applied, we can deliver new solutions to contribute to the progress for our customers and for society. With digital platforms, such as SeaExplorer or eTrucknow, we are able to address customers’ needs in a sustainable manner.
This Sustainability Report was written in the midst of a global emergency: the COVID-19 pandemic. More than ever, this situation demonstrates that we have to plan for the unforeseeable. Introducing a corporate wide business continuity plan and acting accordingly has proven to be a clear act of sustainability. We have been able to ensure that goods are flowing, for the well-being of our business partners, the consumers, and last but not least, our colleagues worldwide.
I invite you to join Kuehne+Nagel on this sustainability journey; by reading this report and selecting us as your sustainable logistics partner of choice.
Dr. Detlef Trefzger