Sustainability | Convoy

Sustainability, quite simply, is the way we do business

Our Sustainability Approach

The heart of our Digital Freight Network is focused on using technology to build the most efficient supply chain possible, lowering costs for shippers, increasing earnings for drivers, all while saving our environment.

Environmental stewardship

Convoy’s most important contribution to driving a positive environmental impact comes from the elimination of carbon emissions as a result of empty miles in freight.

Supporting the communities where we live and work

We also depend on strong relationships with our communities and carriers because without their support, we can’t operate.

Growing and engaging employees

And perhaps most of all, we depend on a constant flow of diverse and talented people who are excited to join our team and build a long-term career at our company.

Ship Responsibly: Convoy’s 2020 Sustainability Report

Sustainability is central to who we are as a company and our focus on reducing the systematic waste in trucking is core to our culture. Our inaugural Ship Responsibly Report summarizes key areas of focus for Convoy, including innovation, internal culture, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and improving the lives of America’s truck drivers.

It's a problem of empty miles

Nearly every product is transported by truck in its journey to the consumer, and both our population and rate of consumption continues to increase. Carbon emissions from trucks means that every mile driven takes a toll on our environment, and this is compounded by the fact that 35% of heavy trucks on the road today are driving empty. We are facing a massive problem of inefficiency– and our environment is paying the price.

Environmental sustainability is at the core of Convoy’s mission of transporting the world with endless capacity and zero waste.

According to the EPA, heavy-duty full truckload freight accounts for more than 205 million metric tons of CO2 emissions per year. Today, 72 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent emissions are the result of empty miles.

Eliminating 72 million metric tons of carbon emissions

Convoy’s technology already is making progress in reducing carbon emissions by enhancing the ability to connect shipments more effectively. Convoy’s automated reload program reduces empty miles from the industry standard of 35% to 19% by bundling shipments into a single job for a driver. If the industry as a whole is able to achieve the same efficiency improvements that Convoy has seen on our bundled shipments, it would reduce CO2 emissions by 47 million metric tons.

The 47 million metric ton reduction in CO2 equivalent emissions is about the same as:

Taking 10.2 million passenger vehicles off the roads for a year

Planting 777 million tree seedlings that grow for 10 years.

1.9 billion trash bags recycled instead of landfilled.

What it means to Ship Responsibly

Shipping responsibly means identifying and choosing to make decisions to improve the sustainability of your transportation across and environmental and social performance.

  • Environmental performance relates to impacts such as GHG emissions, pollution (air, water and soil), resource depletion, waste, ecosystems degradation, and climate disruptions.
  • Social performance relates to factors such as safety, security, employment, labor conditions, affordability, cultural preservation, and health.

Achieving transportation excellence encompasses the ability to manage transportation that is safe, economically efficient, competitive, socially inclusive, accessible, reliable, affordable, fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly, low-carbon, and resilient to external shocks such as disruptions resulting from climate change factors and natural disasters.

Environmental and social performance are essential factors for smart business today.

  • 74% of S&P 500 companies have corporate goals specific to sustainability.
  • 91% of companies take sustainability criteria into account in purchasing decisions.
  • 85% of consumers are more likely to buy from a company with a reputation for sustainability than from a neutral company.
  • A major new sustainability regulation has been introduced every year for the past decade.

Smart shippers are choosing Convoy to achieve their sustainability goals

Today, 74% of S&P 500 companies have corporate environmental impact goals specific to sustainability and carbon reduction. Progress against these goals has historically come from places outside the shipping supply chain, such as investing in renewable energy or reducing excess packaging. Aligned with our mission to reduce waste, Convoy has become a key partner to companies like Waiākea, CHEP, and Anheuser-Busch in achieving their sustainability targets.

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Waiakea is investing in innovation to reduce their carbon footprint

Sustainability in the News

A New Sustainability Program to Support Supplier Diversity

Advancing carrier diversity means creating a carrier network that reflects the diversity of our customers and their consumers. Our carrier program identifies opportunities for Convoy to recognize and promote historically underrepresented and underutilized groups among our network of carriers.

Convoy joins The Climate Pledge

Convoy has joined The Climate Pledge, a commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2040, ten years ahead of the goal set out in the United Nations’ Paris Agreement.

Partnering with global leaders in freight sustainability

Convoy is a proud partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership, which measures and benchmarks freight transportation efficiency.

Convoy Joins Sustainable Brands to Lead the Push for a Sustainable Economy

Convoy is a corporate member of Sustainable Brands®, the premier global community of brand innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide.

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