Logistics specialist LPR, a division of Euro Pool Group, is celebrating after becoming the first pallet pooling company to obtain CSR Gold status by EcoVadis, Europe’s leading provider of supplier sustainability ratings.
LPR was awarded the prestigious ranking in recognition of its sector-leading environmental and corporate social responsibility policies. This development means that LPR moves up from the Silver rating it achieved in 2013 and 2014, to the highest recognition ever assigned by EcoVadis to a company within the pallet pooling sector.
To obtain this rating, LPR was required to score highly (more than 62/100) in an audit that analysed four key themes: the environment, social issues, business ethics and sustainable procurement. Out of these four themes, which all saw continued improvement, LPR was judged to have made the most progress in its environmental practices.
Among the steps taken by LPR to achieve this rating, the organisation reduced the distance travelled from its transport hub by more than 170,000 miles, while simultaneously recording a 7% increase in the number of pallets per order. LPR worked closely with its wide portfolio of clients, including Nestlé and Coca-Cola, to reduce the mileage undertaken by its trucks, without compromising the efficient service for which it is known.
Adrian Fleming, regional director for LPR UK and Ireland, said: “Being the first pallet pooling company to receive a Gold rating from EcoVadis is a fantastic testament to the CSR practices of LPR.
“Such success has been achieved through a collaborative working approach between LPR Europe and UK. For example, one particularly impressive result saw LPR France achieve a 56% reduction in its electricity usage by moving its headquarters to a low-energy consumption building in Balma, France.
“By gaining Gold accreditation, LPR is able to set the standards of industry best practice for the entire pallet pooling sector and lead the drive towards a more sustainable future.”
The EcoVadis Gold rating is the latest in a series of successes for LPR UK. The company has recently announced a number of new business wins with high profile blue chip FMCG manufacturers, including Kellogg’s and ARYZTA, and also opened a new depot in Dublin earlier this year to meet increased demand.