Our responsibility

GLS takes its responsibilities towards employees, society and the environment extremely seriously and actively campaigns for fairness, education and a minimal impact on the environment.

In terms of environmental protection, the areas of focus are energy efficiency, the increased use of renewable energies and a reduction in pollution.
GLS systematically shortens its transport journeys on the basis of optimised route planning. More and more low-emission vehicles are in operation. GLS also factors ecological aspects into new buildings, such as by using heat pumps and rainwater.

In particular, care is taken to ensure a spirit of partnership with all employees and transport partners.
GLS regularly supports social organisations through donations and free transport services.

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ThinkGreen

GLS is committed to environmental protection. This includes responsible handling of resources and the reduction of emissions.

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ThinkSocial

GLS takes responsibility – for employees and partners, as well as for people who need support.

Our vision and values

Committed to a focus on quality

Reliability
Delivering your parcel on time

Top shipping quality means that customers can rely on their service provider. Therefore, reliability is one of the key values for GLS – and employees work hard to uphold it every single day.
The entire GLS system is geared towards reliable shipping: site structure, network, information technology and the coordination/monitoring of processes.
The result: GLS delivers more than 90 per cent of all parcels within the defined standard delivery times across Europe.

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Security
Delivering your parcel safely

Targeted security precautions are paramount in terms of getting goods safely to their recipients. GLS has implemented uniform safety standards across Europe and takes systematic preventive measures.
As a result, the damage and loss rate at the GLS Group has been consistently low at 0.01 per cent for several years.
State-of-the-art alarm systems keep shipping goods safe, whereas GLS monitors parcels via CCTV at hubs and larger depots. Each and every step of the process is supervised. GLS scans parcels at all key interfaces and analyses the data.

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Transparency
Keeping an eye on your parcel at all times

At GLS, the IT-assisted monitoring of each and every parcel is a cornerstone of high service quality. That’s why parcels are individually labelled and scanned at all key interfaces. This data is transparent across the Group, ensuring seamless parcel flows across borders.
For many senders, it is important that they can track their consignments. They often also want to share shipping status information with the recipients of their goods.
GLS makes the relevant status data available online, from collection to delivery. In many countries, this information can be retrieved pretty much in real time thanks to cutting-edge IT solutions and mobile data transmission from delivery vehicles.

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Flexibility
Finding the right solution for you

Modern parcel shipping is a highly industrialised and standardised process. This is the only way to achieve top quality at a reasonable price. Nevertheless, GLS attaches considerable importance to service flexibility, which it achieves through a clear portfolio structure. The Group has established uniform basic products across Europe. On request, these can be combined with a variety of services, such as those specially designed for returns handling or e-commerce.
Many of the products and services are available all over Europe. They are then complemented by services tailored to the requirements of specific countries and that are only available in the countries concerned.

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Sustainability
Taking responsibility

GLS takes its responsibilities towards employees, society and the environment extremely seriously and actively campaigns for fairness, education and a minimal impact on the environment. In terms of environmental protection, the areas of focus are energy efficiency, the increased use of renewable energies and a reduction in pollution. GLS systematically shortens its transport journeys on the basis of optimised route planning. More and more low-emission vehicles are in operation. GLS also factors ecological aspects into new builds, such as by using heat pumps and rainwater. An environmental management system, certified in accordance with ISO 14001, is already in place at the majority of GLS companies. In particular, care is taken to ensure a spirit of partnership with all employees and transport contractors. GLS regularly supports social organisations through donations and free transport services.

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Sustainable Development Goals

At its 2015 General Assembly, the United Nations set 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These are designed to ensure sustainable development encompassing economic, social and environmental aspects.
169 individual targets form a framework to guide the actions of nation states, enterprises and individuals.

With its sustainability work, the GLS Group is also helping to make the SDGs reality.

UN Sustainable development goal 7: affordable and clean energy
Affordable and clean energy

In October 2019, GLS Germany switched completely to sustainable energy from renewable sources and no longer uses energy from fossil fuels.

UN Sustainable development goal 8: decent work and economic growth
Decent work and economic growth

GLS is committed to the training and professional development of its employees, but also to their health and social security as well as to respect for cultural diversity.

UN Sustainable development goal 10: reduced inequalities
Reduced inequalities

GLS supports selected projects and organisations by contributing a broad array of resources. We also provide free parcel delivery for charities and social organisations.

UN Sustainable development goal 11: sustainable cities and communities
Sustainable cities and communities

The combination of electric cargo trikes and micro depots has proved its mettle at GLS and will be rolled out further in a bid to achieve low-emission urban logistics.

UN Sustainable development goal 12: responsible consumption and production
Responsible consumption and production

The GLS Supplier Code of Conduct addresses key issues such as rules and regulations on environmental matters, bribery and corruption.

UN Sustainable development goal 13: climate action
Climate action

As part of the ThinkGreen initiative, the GLS Group has been supporting the responsible handling of resources and promoting the reduction of emissions since 2008.

SDG goal 15 Life on land
Life on land

Within the framework of the GLS KlimaProtect programme, GLS Germany offsets all emissions from parcel shipping and business activities. The compensation is carried out together with PRIMAKLIMA e.V. in a project in Indonesia for the protection of peat bog forests.

Dr Anne Wiese
 
Dr Anne Wiese

Manager Corporate Responsibility GLS Group

Timo Weber
 
Timo Weber

Environmental Specialist GLS Group

Sustainability Reports

Based on its internal life-cycle assessment, GLS reports in detail on its current goals, activities and progress in economic, social, environmental and corporate matters.

Certifications

Transparency across the board – GLS meets internationally recognised standards and publishes environmental data.

Compliance

GLS has implemented a Group-wide programme designed to systematically identify and structurally avoid compliance risks. This will safeguard the GLS Group, its employees and the spirit of trust with business partners in the future.