Corporate Environmental Policy
Companies today must understand and play their part in crafting a better environmental future for their business and their industry as a whole. This is the basis of corporate social responsibility and a concept as important to our business as providing excellent customer service and well-developed technological solutions. Integral to this endeavor is the inclusion of our employees, customers, suppliers, and other partners.
As an international third-party logistics provider, we do not own or operate the means of transport (ships, trucks or planes). However, we recognize the significance of environmental concerns all along the supply chain and choose partners with green policies whenever possible. Our success towards this end is a reflection in large part of the influence of our clientele because our supplier selection is driven by the needs and requirements of our customer base. This awareness is necessary to create better solutions for our business and our green initiatives.
A company’s ecological footprint is important. As a full-service logistics firm concerned with the international transportation of goods, Transmodal’s footprint spans the globe. We therefore take seriously the matter of reducing our environmental impact. We actively select service providers such as airlines and steamship lines that maintain a green commitment. Their corporate green policies are reviewed by us and kept on file. This enables us to fulfill a commitment to encourage services that are more environmentally-friendly.
Other green initiatives we have in place include:
Paperless Work Environment
Since 2004, we have implemented changes that move us significantly towards the goal of a paperless work environment. In an effort to reduce the use of paper and courier services, we utilize EDI, scanned document images, and ACH payments whenever possible. Our goal is to become a paperless operation within all our office environments.
Managing waste is a critical aspect of the logistics function. There are several ways in which waste can be generated -- from the paper that enables our customer service team to function to the packaging materials that keep the goods we are transporting secure. Transmodal is committed to improving its management of resources and has active recycling initiatives for paper and plastic. We’ve even made it our policy to substitute ceramic mugs for paper coffee cups in our workspaces. Together, these activities have significantly reduced our volume of waste.
The practice of daylighting is incorporated into the operations of our two main warehouse facilities in China -- Shenzhen and Shanghai. This practice encourages the use of natural light for internal lighting purposes, with the added benefit of reduced fuel consumption. In general, natural light is used all day, and electric lights are only turned on at dusk.
Air Emissions Improvements
The use of energy and the resulting air emissions present a significant environmental impact. We continually support efforts to reduce emissions and have implemented measures of our own, such as the use of electric forklifts in our warehouses. This practice was immediately beneficial in a number of ways; electric forklifts produce no emissions, are quieter to use, do not require fuel to be stored, and generally last longer. We also encourage our employees to use public transportation in all of their daily movements.
At Transmodal, we have begun to put our commitment into action. Other areas in which we have placed emphasis include the following:
Maintaining contracts with US railroad services and routing containers by rail when it is more cost-effective, as this is a greener alternative to truck movements;
Keeping customers aware of environmentally friendly products, services, and practices;
Maintaining a program supporting continual improvement of environmental endeavors;
Ensuring compliance with environmental legislation and regulations, as well as incorporation where possible of relevant environmental guidelines and frameworks;
Monitoring our operations and finding creative, environmentally friendly solutions to solve problems;
Working with our local community to make opportunities to impact significant issues such as health, safety and the environment; and
Working with our global partners to promote sustainable changes, improvements and efficiencies in the industry.
Big Endeavor; Local Action
The environment is more than a buzz word. Every company can make important efforts that take better care of the environment in which we live, work, play, and thrive. Initiatives may be small, large, local, or global. Transmodal is working to build systems that improve environmental quality one step at a time. We believe that proper environmental management is important to current and future business practices.
Transmodal invites our customers, partners and other stakeholders to work with us in creating a more sustainable supply chain and general business environment.