Our reporting methodology
There is no recognized corporate responsibility reporting standard applicable to GEODIS' specific activities. Therefore, we have developed our own procedures based on a method for collecting, analyzing and consolidating environmental and social data. Report sheets specify the various indicators, the bases of calculations and the scopes concerned.
Reporting scope, data collection and consolidation process
We have consolidated Information through each Line of Business’ structures in the areas of Human Resources, Quality, Safety, the Environment and Purchasing.
The figures shown for 2017 have therefore been calculated or estimated using data from three sources: operational sites, Lines of Business and/or Group information systems and suppliers. Data are presented by geographic area and by Line of Business. We have continuously improved the data collecting and consolidation process since our first reporting in 2008. This permits GEODIS to meet regulatory requirements.
The scope of consolidation varies depending on the data presented, and may include only some of the sites or countries concerned. Data are presented for five geographical regions:
- The Americas
The list of countries in each region is set out as below:
- EUROPE: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israël, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slovakia,Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
- AMERICAS: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, USA, Venezuela
- ASIA-PACIFIC: Australia, Bahrain, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
- AFRICA / MIDDLE-EAST: Algeria, Cameroon, Chad, Morocco, Qatar, South Africa, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
Choice of indicators
Reporting data are divided into three categories – Environmental, Social, and Economic – to reflect the Group’s commitments and to measure the effectiveness of the actions taken by the Lines of Business. We have selected our own indicators based on relevance, international benchmarks and the guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (version 4). We also provide a document setting out a formal definition for each indicator to ensure that the same method of calculation is used for all geographic areas and activities.
Limitations of the methodology
Certain factors limit the reliability of the data:
- Different collection and reporting methods across different Lines of Business
- Varying availability for some of the data needed to calculate indicators
Reviewing and verifying the indicators
Environmental data are consolidated and verified by each Line of Business's Quality, Safety and Environment departments, as well as by the Group’s CSR department. Social data are consolidated and verified by the HR departments at Head Office and within each Line of Business.
The consistency of the data is also verified by the Lines of Business and the Group’s CSR department. This verification includes a comparison with data from previous years and systematic analyses of any significant differences.
Outside organizations verified the data from the 2017 GEODIS CSR Report and Reporting.
A few definitions
- The production of non-hazardous waste: the total tonnage of wood (including pallets), cardboard, paper, plastic, including film and polystyrene, metals, green waste and mixed waste (non-recovered);
- The recovery rate of non-hazardous waste: the total tonnage of non-hazardous waste recovered minus the tonnage of mixed non-hazardous waste divided by the total tonnage of non-hazardous waste produced;
- The production of hazardous waste: the total tonnage for eleven categories – absorbents (including soiled rags, saturated sand), batteries from road vehicles or handling machinery, filtration sludge (from sludge traps/oil separators for storm water or the treatment of tank cleaning water), ink cartridges, damaged packaging used for hazardous materials, oil filters and used oil from road vehicles (axles, transmissions, engines), IT/office automation equipment (WEEE), paints and varnishes, batteries and accumulators, neon tubes.
CO2- equivalent ( CO2e)
- Emissions linked to the consumption of fuel, electricity and gas: total emissions, expressed in terms of CO₂ equivalent, linked to fuel, gas and electricity;
- Emission factors used: as set out in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (www.ghgprotocol.org), the EN 1625 standard or the Bilan Carbone. For fuel, the emission factor used is 2.53 kg CO2e/litre. For gas, the emission factor used is 0.205kg/ CO2e/kWh (based on gas with a low heating value). For electricity, the emission factors vary from one country to the next.