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CHEP pallets achieve green milestone

Brambles, which operates the CHEP brand, has achieved its target to source 100 percent of the wood it uses from sustainably managed forests globally

September 14, 2020

Brambles has achieved 100 percent sustainable sourcing for its wood.

MUMBAI, India – Brambles, which operates the CHEP brand, has achieved its target to source 100 percent of the wood it uses from sustainably managed forests globally.

These forests have to be certified by either the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Program for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). These two non-profit organizations only certify forestry operations that follow international best practice in terms of planting new trees to replace those harvested and having a positive impact on the surrounding communities and local wildlife.

This achievement was included on Brambles 2020 Sustainability Goals set in 2015. These goals are based on the company’s Better Business, Better Planet, Better Communities program and were developed to align with key UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

According to Megeshni Archary, country general manager for CHEP India, Middle East & North Africa, the impact of this milestone is consequential on many levels. “By achieving this global goal, not only do we ensure that we take care of the scarce natural resources of the planet and eliminate deforestation in our supply chain, but we also make the world’s supply chains, our suppliers and our customers, more efficient and competitive thanks to a sustainability-focused program.”

“When we started the whole project, we had suppliers using their own technology and processes in different manners. The certification process has basically simplified the entire supply chain. We have crushed the wide-spread mantra ‘sustainability comes at a cost’. I hope this sets a precedent for other companies to follow.”

Even though the company’s ‘share and reuse’ model for wooden pallets saves an estimated 1.7 million trees each year, Brambles knew as a company it could go further. The decision was made to address the company’s materials sourcing policy for the new pallets and repair timber it required each year.

According to The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), forests are the largest terrestrial store of carbon, and deforestation is the third-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions after coal and oil. Certified Forests ensure procedures are in line with a recognized management standard that conserves and increases biomass, ensures land restoration and protects soil and water sources. The programs also have a positive social and economic impact for their local communities in terms of human and workers’ rights.

Archary says, “We can be proud of this achievement, but there is still more we can do. Our focus as a company is to go further than ending deforestation in our materials sourcing. As leaders in sustainability, we want to have a net positive impact in the planet, to start contributing to reforestation and to build regenerative supply chains that make the world’s forest mass grow.”