At Hermes, economic success and environmental responsibility go hand in hand. Hermes regularly subjects its high environmental standards to independent external evaluations and inspections – evaluations and inspections that confirm the validity of the group’s approach, for example in the form of certifications and awards.
Here we present you with a selection of these certifications and awards that demonstrate that, for Hermes, environmental protection is not mere lip service, but rather a goal that is consistently and rigorously pursued.
The international environmental management standard ISO 14001 sets standards for environmental management that are recognised around the world. Following the principle of “plan - implement - check - optimise”, it emphasises a process of continual improvement of a company’s environmental performance.
For the last 16 years, Hermes has received certification of its systematically developed environmental management system.
Hermes is the only company in the logistics industry that has been certified under the Trust Improvement Program (TIP) since 2003. This programme’s standards far exceed the already stringent requirements of the ISO 14001 environmental management standard. As a result, only the most highly advanced management systems are eligible for TIP certification.
The Luftgütepartnerschaft (“air quality partnership”) jointly launched by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the Hamburg business community honoured Hermes as a 2014 air quality partner. Their reason for doing so: The company’s comprehensive engagement for pollution-free mobility, both in regard to shipping parcels as well as in regard to its employees’ mobility behaviour. In terms of corporate climate and environmental protection, Hermes is one of the leaders in its industry.
Hermes Europe is the winner of the Hanse Globe 2010, the award for sustainable logistics awarded by the Logistics Initiative Hamburg. The company received the coveted award for its “Hermes - WE DO!” sustainability programme, the environmental protection campaign launched in June 2010.
“Many companies entered pioneering projects in the competition” said Dr. Stefan Schaltegger, Professor for Sustainability Management at the Leuphan Universität Lüneburg’s Centre for Sustainability Management and chairman of the Hanse Globe 2010 jury. “The exemplary environmental protection included in Hermes’ WE DO! sustainability programme was especially convincing to us, the jury. All of the company’s different areas are involved. Thus, to date, it has been possible to sink the CO2 emissions per shipment moved by 40 percent from 1994 levels, for example. This is only possible if - like at Hermes - climate and environmental protection are approached in holistic way, are implemented in the fleet and at the logistics centres, and are internalised and rigorously practiced by employees.
Prof. Peer Witten, chairman of the Logistics Initiative Hamburg, added in reference to Hermes’ principle of not doing business at the cost of people and the environment: “Not only thinking long-term, but also acting long-term is an outstanding virtue.”
The Eco Performance Award honours companies that bring economical and ecological considerations in harmony with one another. It was initiated by the DKV Euro Service, Germany’s largest brand-independent provider of fuel billing services. In cooperation with the Institute for Logistics Management at the University of St. Gallen, an independent jury of experts from government, business and science critically examine industry sustainability concepts. Hermes has been a finalist twice: in 2011 and 2014.
“He who blazes a green path will reach gold in the end”, promised Professor Töpfer, chairman of the jury of the Kyocera Environment Prize. That was how the former federal environment minister challenged industry to contribute to the sensible management of resources through intelligent technologies and environmentally friendly concepts. Once a year, this prize, which includes 100,000 Euros in prize money, is awarded to a company that does just that. The prize is awarded by Kyocera together with the German Environmental Aid (DUH), the German Association for Small and Medium-sized Businesses (BVMW), the German Working Group for Environmental Management (B.A.U.M. e.V.), Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO) and the Austrian Chamber of Commerce (WKO). Hermes was a finalist in 2012.
Since 2012, the Bundesvereinigung Logistik (BVL) Germany and Austria have awarded the Nachhaltigkeitspreis Logistik, the Supply Chain Sustainability Award. The yearly award for best practices in sustainability is intended to draw attention to showcase projects in the global supply chain community, thus generating impulses for sustainability initiatives. Hermes took third place in 2014.