In line with this policy, we use EcoVadis methodology to rate suppliers’ sustainability performance alongside our own. In 2017, we achieved a 60/100 rating. At the end of 2017, more than 1,100 service providers in road flows had signed GEFCO’s Responsible Purchasing Charter, representing over 71% of our purchasing budget. GEFCO also asks suppliers to sign its Responsible Transport Charter.
Going further, GEFCO aims to make a positive contribution in the local communities in which it operates. With more than 300 sites worldwide, the Group aims to boost economic development by offering stable employment at strategically located sites. GEFCO subsidiaries are also encouraged to participate in local community activities, by forming partnerships with schools and universities, helping fund charities, participating in events, and more.
40 olive trees planted by GEFCO Tunisia
GEFCO Tunisia is partner of the Tunisian National Tree Festival, celebrated every year in November. During this event, reforestation and awareness campaigns are organised. GEFCO Tunisia's teams contribute to promoting the ecological and economic role of forests. In 2016, 1.5 million trees were planted including 40 olive trees at GEFCO Tunisia.
GEFCO UK brightened up the play area of a local partner school with a bespoke pirate ship
A team of volunteers from GEFCO UK built and delivered a bespoke pirate ship play area to students at Exhall Grange School in Warwickshire, England, in March 2017. The activity was part of a team-building exercise designed to support the local community.
The project saw students present their creative ideas to the GEFCO team who then brought these to life with support from Creative Play UK and Whiting Landscape.
“We really wanted to do something more meaningful than a run-of-the-mill teambuilding exercise and this project was the perfect opportunity,” said Helen Grover, UK HR Director, GEFCO UK.
GEFCO has a history of cooperating with the school, including at a Christmas fundraising event for local baby hospice Zoë’s Place.
GEFCO Romania worked with partner association Parada to find workers and help young adults get off the streets of Bucharest
GEFCO’s warehouse in Joita, Romania, lacked sufficient workers and found it hard to recruit more. Staff turnover was high, jeopardizing GEFCO’s business activities in the area. At the same time, the streets of nearby Bucharest have a high homeless population, including many children who are forced to sleep rough.
Working with local partner association Parada, GEFCO was able to reach out to the adults living rough in Bucharest and offer them work in our warehouse, providing them with a sustainable means of supporting themselves and their families, and solving our staffing problem.
It was a win-win for everyone—helping others while addressing a pressing business need of our own, by working with a partner organization with a mission we support.