Sustainability

As a leading European logistics service provider, the GLS Group is fully aware of its responsibility towards the environment and society. Since 2009, we have assessed the ecological footprint of the GLS Group, looking at emissions, raw material consumption and waste processing. The method we use is compliant with the ISO 14064-1 standard and the Greenhouse Gas Protocol.

GLS takes a holistic approach to sustainability, focusing on the social, environmental and economic aspects of social responsibility. These components come together in our ThinkResponsible programme, divided into ThinkGreen, ThinkSocial and ThinkQuality.

With our services, we contribute to employment, mobility and the reliable supply of goods. We feel connected to the society and strive for sustainable economic success and a better environment for future generations. You can read more about our ThinkResponsible programme and its initiatives in our sustainability report.

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ThinkGreen

In 2008, GLS launched the sustainability initiative ThinkGreen to coordinate and actively promote the various activities within the GLS Group.

Our environmental management system, which is certified according to the ISO 14001 standard, implements measures conceived within the framework of ThinkGreen. Environmentally conscious ideas and actions are reflected in all areas of the company, from more efficient route planning to making buildings and workplaces more sustainable. The management system helps us to achieve the goals we have set. All European GLS companies have a local environmental representative who is responsible for implementing environmental protection measures.

GLS Netherlands compensates and reduces its entire carbon emissions with national projects and abroad. In order to reduce the carbon emissions of our transport and logistics activities, GLS Netherlands focuses on various environmentally friendly solutions. Unfortunately, not all carbon emissions can be avoided. Therefore GLS Netherlands compensates all its emissions, via the Climate Neutral Group, largely with projects that have a Gold Standard certification. GLS also supports sustainable forest projects in the Netherlands through the Trees For All foundation.

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Reducing and avoiding CO2 emissions

ThinkSocial

The people who work at and for GLS have different ethnic backgrounds, cultures, religions and beliefs. Appreciation, respect and understanding are important principles for the Group when dealing with employees and partners. Intensive communication with all who make the last mile for GLS when picking up and delivering parcels is an essential part of the cooperation.


The development of our employees is a crucial part of the GLS strategy, with which the Group aims to ensure long-term success for the company and its employees.


In addition, management and employees attach importance to helping people in need. Throughout Europe, GLS companies support carefully selected initiatives in their social environment, both through direct sponsorship and by offering free transport services.

ThinkQuality

Our quality standards are not limited to transport services, but are interwoven into all business systems and processes. These high requirements and the increasing complexity have led GLS to develop a quality management system in line with ISO 9001:2015. It enables GLS to guarantee seamless internal processes and stable quality with regard to our services.