ThinkSocial - taking social responsibility
For the people of today and tomorrow
GLS General Logistics Systems Hungary Ltd. uses 100% electricity from renewable energy sources. The company uses 2,000 GWh of green electricity, thus protecting the environment. In the spirit of sustainability and in order to reduce its ecological footprint, GLS considers it important to join the effort to increase the share of renewable energy sources. In addition to selective waste collection, this technology helps us to minimise our negative impact on our environment. In practice, this means that GLS uses renewable energy, which means less environmental impact. In everyday use, this means that the green electricity is delivered to the company via our existing electricity grid, without any extra investment.
GLS is building a sustainable future in Nyíregyháza
GLS is committed to the environment and reducing emissions, thus the fleet was expanded with the electric vehicles in Nyíregyháza.
Emission-free urban logistics
New urban depot for a “greener” city: GLS Hungary uses bicycles, electric tricycles and electric vans for parcel deliveries in downtown Budapest.
In 2015, GLS opened a new depot together with the Hajtás Pajtás bicycle courier company. Bicycle couriers leave from here to downtown Budapest, thus parcels are delivered to individuals and companies without any pollutants being emitted.
Three ways leading to our goal
Parcels of various sizes are delivered with cargo bikes (50-100 kg) and electric powered tricycles (100-250 kg). The great advantage of bikes is that they can travel more flexibly on busy downtown roads than traditional trucks and couriers can access areas blocked to car traffic.
Larger and heavier shipments are delivered with a Nissan zero-emission electric truck. At present, the use of an electric car in Hungarian parcel logistics is unprecedented. The car is 100% environmentally friendly and can cover up to 170 km with a single charge.
Think global, act locally
Sustainability is one of the key principles of the GLS Group, and therefore it is constantly reducing consumption and emissions. GLS also uses cargo bikes and electric tricycles in Italy and Belgium.
GLS continuously monitors and records its achievements in environment protection. Since 2008/2009, the company has been conducting eco-footprint calculations for all member companies of the Group, as part of which it collects data on carbon emissions, the use of natural resources and waste management. GLS publishes emissions data in its current environmental report. The method used to calculate the emissions corresponds to that described in the ISO 14064-1 standard and it has also been laid down in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol. GLS calculates its carbon footprint based on the results of the eco-footprint calculation.
The Tree of Loyalty 2019
The business site in Alsónémedi is expanding and becoming ever more pleasing to the eye. Besides the construction works, the annual tree planting campaign was also organised. In March, another 29 trees were planted with the help of invited customers. Copper plates were placed at the foot of the trees indicating the name of the planting partner. The company has organised the planting of nearly 300 trees over the past 10 years.
The GLS Quality team joined forces with the D30 depot to renovate the courtyard of the Csicsergő Kindergarten in Sülysáp in their spare time. The concrete wall of the kindergarten was painted in bright colours and a jumping-school decorated with charming patterns was set up in the courtyard for the children. Colleagues were not alarmed by the sudden rain, they quickly covered the half-finished works and waited for the sun to shine again, then finished painting the colourful motifs to the children's delight.
The GLS Sales team did volunteer work at the Napsugár Kindergarten in Délegyháza. Four children's restrooms were painted and cleaned after the painting work was finished. They also painted the posts and beams on the terraces. They disinfected and washed the toys that children play with in the courtyard and the sandpit, and assembled the tables in the new group rooms and the toy storage boxes. Enthusiastic colleagues painted animal figures and nursery signs in the courtyard and the stairs.
GLS, love on 'four wheels' campaign
Due to the result of coronavirus epidemic, many families have found themselves in a difficult social situation. GLS, as a company committed to social responsibility, has launched a so-called “GLS, love on four wheels” campaign together with the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service, which has been joined by several well-known Hungarians / influencers in the media.
During the campaign, GLS will support 100 families selected by the Maltese Charity Service with durable food worth a total of HUF 5 million. The followers of the “influencers” also have the opportunity to join the action by offering a durable food package that can be delivered at Maltese collection points, as well as transferring various monetary donations to a bank account number opened by the Maltese Charity Service for the campaign.
Thanks to this campaign, with the help of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta, 130 families received a package of non-perishable foodstuffs enough to last for several months.
You can find more information at Press releases.
Smiley Hobgoblin PontVelem
GLS Hungary helped deliver more than 8,000 parcels last year as part of the SegítsVelem (HelpWithMe) Christmas gift collection campaign, and the company is pleased to continue this contribution this year together with the PontVelem Smart Programme and the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta. Elementary school students collect and gift wrap their old books and toys that are still in a good condition, which GLS couriers deliver to the regional centres of the Charity Service of the Order of Malta. People who work there hand over the surprise Christmas gifts to children in need
In May 2019, GLS donated a defibrillator life-saving equipment to the Municipality of Alsónémedi in the name of social responsibility.
Charity Baking Fair
Each year, GLS employees organize Charity Baking Fairs on several occasions during the pre-Christmas period, during which colleagues prepare their own delicacies. Colleagues can consume the cookies on offer, they place their donations in money boxes and the proceeds go to help the work of the Food Bank, thus supporting the needy.