We have a holistic approach to sustainability
People and the environment we all live in build the focus of our responsibility. We take this responsibility towards employees, the society and the environment very seriously. Therefore, we actively engage in fairness, education and a minimal impact on the environment.
By achieving these goals, we also contribute to the mobility and reliable availability of goods, which, in turn, constitute the backbone of the economy. Our goal is to attain sustainable commercial success whilst protecting the environment for future generations.
Social commitment to carbon-neutral shipping: our responsibility
As a parcel service operating worldwide, GLS is aware of its responsibility – towards the environment and society. This is why we actively support people and environmental protection through various initiatives and campaigns.
For us, sustainability means, among other things, continually moving towards carbon-neutral shipping. But we are also committed to our customers, employees and partners. We also see ourselves as responsible for society and for people in need.
Vehicles for climate-neutral shipping
Our long-term goal: carbon-neutral shipping of parcels. By gradually switching over to environmentally friendly vehicle models, we are reducing the greenhouse emissions of our fleet. GLS Austria increasingly relies on electric vehicles for delivery: In cities such as Salzburg, Linz and Graz eBikes or eScooters are already in use – for sustainable and efficient delivery.
Efficient transport planning
In order to keep transport routes as short as possible, we consistently optimise route planning by using modern, IT-supported planning instruments. For better fuel efficiency – and therefore more environmentally-friendly shipping.
Whether constructing new buildings, or replacing and expanding old ones, environmental aspects are always one of our top priorities. Measures such as the use of rainwater, recyclable building materials, heat pumps and photovoltaics help protect the environment in a sustainable manner.
Environmentally friendly in everyday life
And it’s not just the carbon emissions associated with shipments and construction work that GLS is turning its attention to. By converting to digital processes in many areas, we avoid unnecessary waste - for example, for invoices, consignment notes and acknowledgements of receipt. And instead of long business trips, we often opt for more environmentally friendly video conferencing solutions.
Children’s cancer aid: Cheering up sick children
Every year our GLS Austria Advent calendar provides a welcome change at the children's cancer ward at the Linz General Hospital. Last year, our sales manager Eberhard Thiele presented the advent calendars to the little patients once again. GLS Austria regularly surprises children with small gifts, both at Christmas and at Easter.
Help in need
Support for women in emergency situations: In recent years, GLS Austria has supplied the residents of the Miriam House with two new sofas, a high-quality barbecue as well as cinema vouchers, shower gel and summer packets. For many years the House Miriam has offered women in emergency situations a place to stay, thereby supporting Caritas.
Support for homeless young people
The “Klagenfurt Emergency Youth Shelter” (Juno) makes an important contribution for homeless young people, offering them safe food and accommodation. GLS Austria is helping out – and presenting the residents with sports bags packed with bath towels, drinking bottles and thermos mugs.
We officially test quality and sustainability according to internationally recognised standards. Our Europe-wide quality and environmental management system is certified by DQS according to DIN ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015.