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CSR Reports and Methodology

GEODIS has been drawing up a report for all of its stakeholders since 2009. This report initially was a Sustainable Development Report from 2009 to 2012. It then evolved to a CSR Report from 2013 to 2018. In 2019, the Group publishes its first Activity and CSR Report.




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 2020 have therefore been calculated or estimated using data from three sources: operational sites, Regions/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 collection 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.

The countries in which GEODIS is directly present are listed below by geographical area:

  • EUROPE: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israël, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
  • AMERICAS: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, USA
  • ASIA-PACIFIC: Australia, Bangladesh, China, French Polynesia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
  • AFRICA/MIDDLE-EAST: Algeria, Bahreïn, 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 Regions and 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 Region and Line of Business' 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 and Region.

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 have been verifiing the data from GEODIS CSR Report and Reporting since 2017. The audit firm, EY, has carried out an independent review of reporting processes on a selection of GEODIS’ key CSR indicators for 2020. Click on the link to download their signed moderate insurance report which has been issued in French. Click on the link to download the English translation of this moderate insurance report.


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;
  • Production of hazardous waste: Total tonnage according to 12 categories – absorbent (including soiled rags, wet sand), batteries for road vehicles or handling machinery, filtration sludge (from sludge/stormwater separators or internal tankers, tanks and drums for washing water treatment operations), ink cartridges, damaged dangerous goods packages, oil filters and used oil from road vehicles, (axles, gearboxes and engines), computer/office equipment (WEEE), paints and varnishes, batteries and accumulators, fluorescent tubes, acid waste from surface chemical treatment, packaging wastes containing hazardous residues..


CO2 equivalent (CO2e)

  • • Emissions linked to the consumption of fuel, electricity and gas: total emissions, expressed in CO2 equivalent, linked to fuel, gas and electricity;
  • Emission factors used: as set out in the Greenhouse Gas Protocol (, the EN 16258 standard or the Bilan Carbone©. For fuel, the emission factor used is 2.51 kg CO2e/liter for France and 2.53 kg CO2e/liter for other countries. For gas, the emission factor used is 0.187 kg of CO2e/kWh for France and 0.205kg of CO2e/kWh for the other countries (based on gas with a low heating value). For electricity, the emission factors are the electricity production mix from the International Energy Agency (2013) and for France, the 2018 production mix (ADEME)


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