Inherently Sustainable Operating Model
Brambles’ operating model follows the principles of the circular and sharing economies, which create more efficient supply chains by reducing operating costs and demand on natural resources. By promoting the reuse of assets among multiple parties in the supply chain, Brambles offers customers a more efficient and sustainable alternative to the use of disposable products or managing their own proprietary platforms.
Network Advantage and Supply Chain Expertise
Brambles’ operating model is underpinned by its superior network advantage and industry-leading supply chain expertise, which have been developed over 70 years of managing customers’ supply chains.
With leading positions in over 60 countries, Brambles’ network advantage comprises the superior scale and density of its service centre network and the strength of its customer relationships in every market in which it operates.
Brambles’ sustainability framework organises the Group’s sustainability activities and goals under three broad programs: Better Business; Better Planet; and Better Communities.
The Group’s 2020 goals are incorporated into this framework and address the material sustainability aspects of Brambles’ value chain. These goals are also aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular: SDG 12 Responsible Consumption and Production, which aligns with Brambles’ sustainable business model. Further details of Brambles’ sustainability framework and 2020 goals are located on Brambles’ website.
In FY17, Brambles’ Sustainability Risk Committee conducted a review of the economic, environmental and social sustainability risks to which the Group is subject. This review identified material sourcing and safety as the Group’s material sustainability risks. Details of the Group’s FY17 safety performance and material sourcing are detailed on pages 8 and 9 respectively. A full review of Brambles’ sustainability risks and performance will be included in the 2017 Sustainability Review scheduled for publication in September 2017.