Herna Verhagen, PostNL CEO, says: “I am proud of the high rating in the DJSI because it shows that our ongoing efforts to make our day-to-day operations even more sustainable are bearing fruit. We take our responsibility with regard to sustainability very seriously, and we are making progress in various areas. The rating in the DSJI is an important independent measure that shows that PostNL is performing well."
Environmental and social dimensions
The Dow Jones Sustainability Index rates the performance of businesses across a number of criteria, including environmental and social dimensions. The environmental dimension assesses companies' long-term strategy with regard to their impact on the climate: do they focus on clean vehicles and sustainable buildings, and is there clear reporting about this? The social dimension examines what companies are doing to be a good employer, and what contribution the company makes to society.
Minimal impact on climate
PostNL strives to minimise its impact on the climate, and uses fuel-efficient vehicles and sustainable buildings to achieve this. PostNL has set ambitious long-term targets to further reduce carbon emissions and make a concrete contribution to the agreements set out in the Paris climate agreement. For example, the target for all parcel and mail deliveries in the Benelux to be emission-free in the last mile by 2030. In Belgium, PostNL is investing in the construction of a high-tech sorting and distribution centre. The new sorting centre in Willebroek will be built with a view to a minimal environmental footprint and be BREEAM-certified. No gas will be used and investments are made in sustainable installations (including heating with heat pumps and LED lighting). In addition, a very energy-efficient sorting machine will be used.
An employer for everyone, at the heart of society
PostNL wants to be a company for which and with which people want to work and which is at the heart of society. A lot of attention is being paid to diversity within the business. After all, a good balance within the staffing makes an organisation stronger, more innovative and more attractive to (continue to) work for. Employees are offered opportunities - e.g. training - within the business to work on their personal development.