Vanderlande has published its FY2023 Sustainability Report, which outlines company’s performance, overall approach and specific activities in this increasingly important area of corporate life.
Zero carbon footprint
We have committed to achieving a net-zero carbon footprint by 2040 – ten years ahead of the Paris Agreement.
Building a circular economy is about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation by “doing more and better with less”.
Doing good business
Our plans for doing good business include the introduction of a code of conduct for suppliers that has a significant focus on sustainability. Our goal is to achieve a 100% commitment to the new code from our key suppliers.
Fulfilling experience is about fostering a 100% “people first” environment to protect the wellbeing of people inside and outside the company.
We are accelerating our efforts to shape a sustainable future. Together.
We are meeting the moment and increasing our positive impact for the sake of the planet. Innovative and fast-growing companies such as ours must:
- work to reduce CO2 emissions
- respect the natural capacity of our planet
- and collaborate with customers and suppliers to implement sustainable solutions and services.
We must also create fair and safe environments. More broadly, how companies operate in harmony with sustainable development is crucial to guarantee the well-being of future generations.
We will commit to setting science-based targets in 2023. The SBTi provides companies with a pathway to reducing emissions in line with the Paris greement’s objectives. More than 5,000 organisations have joined the initiative to date.
We have developed a training programme to teach our employees how to apply circular design principles. During FY2023, ten groups of employees – drawn from across all departments and business units – undertook the training, including product managers, service managers, supply chain coordinators, architects, and electrical and mechanical engineers.
This is structured in the form of workshops, and sessions will take place in The Netherlands, USA, India, Spain and Germany. The programme has been co-developed with external experts, and is being delivered by a specialised third party and in-house trainers to ensure a proper follow-up and knowledge building.
Remanufacturing concerns the recovery and regeneration of as many components as possible at, or near, the end of their initial technical life – rather than simply replacing used or worn-out items with new ones. This is an attractive option, because it aligns with our sustainability ambitions, as well as with those of an increasing number of customers and suppliers.
We’re in a strong position to make a positive contribution in this area of circularity. In FY2023, we started an innovation project to investigate the feasibility of supplying remanufactured parts for our solutions. One of our aims is to cooperate with our customers to capture the value from what we all used to consider as waste, and use this more sustainable alternative (as opposed to buying new), without compromising on quality or lifetime.
Through a pilot, a multi-disciplinary team explored the remanufacturing potential of twin divert switches for our high-capacity POSISORTER systems. The initial results show that this process is feasible, as it has been successfully demonstrated via a proof of concept within the factory at our Veghel campus. We have organised the necessary logistics, tools and processes to prepare for the remanufacturing of a first batch of switches.
No one should be harmed in our operations or supply chain. To honour this commitment, we have set global standards that apply to all our offices and manufacturing sites. We have defined minimum HSE standards across our operations to ensure that there is a consistent approach.
Our standards reflect best practices in the field of HSE and are shared across our business. They are designed to be used in conjunction with local health and safety legislation – and if this provides a higher level of protection than our global standard, then the local regulations prevail. The global standards are reviewed regularly to ensure that they meet our requirements, current guidance and best practice.
In FY2023, Vanderlande introduced corporate HSE standards on:
- document development and control
- incident management
- HSE plannning, hazard identification and risk assessment
- machinery product safety
- working at height
- lock out, tag out
- hot work
- and electrical energisation.
In FY2024, we will continue to develop new HSE standards in areas such as personal protective equipment, contractor safety and mobile equipment.
Our key sustainability documents
Download and read our sustainability documents that we would like to share with you. The first document is the full sustainability report, the second is our supplier code of conduct. Find them all below:
Latest news about sustainability
Vanderlande teams up with value chain partners in regional circularity programme
Vanderlande recently took part in an initiative overseen by the Province of Noord Brabant to help local manufacturing companies cut waste and develop sustainable solutions. The Circular Value Center’s (CVC) Fast Forward programme explores ways in which circularity can be realised through collaboration in the value chain.
Celebrating the production of one million sustainable ACP trays
Vanderlande is proud to announce the production of its one millionth automated case picking (ACP) tray made entirely from recycled plastic. This achievement not only reflects the company’s ongoing commitment to environmental responsibility, but also acknowledges the dedicated efforts of its team, and the collaborative partnership with its suppliers.