Sustainable transportation and logistics are essential to building a more resilient world economy that provides sustenance, connectivity, and opportunity to all, while protecting nature and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Logistics and transport are the invisible backbone of international commerce—both are increasingly vulnerable to the turbulence of a changing climate, global pandemics, societal unrest, and other disruptions.
The industry is both a vital contributor to global development—the jobs and livelihoods of billions of people, and rising standards of living, depend on it—and a significant source of environmental impacts, ranging from climate change and ecosystems to air quality, noise, land use, and waste.
Carriers and shippers alike have an opportunity to develop sustainable business strategies and through advanced technologies, IT solutions, energy security, and increased efficiency.
By adopting more sustainable business models, companies can improve their environmental and societal performance and create more resilient supply chains that ensure that fuel, foods, medicines, emergency supplies, and other essential goods reach their destinations on time.
In 2020, the global logistics market was worth almost US$8.6 trillion.
The transport and logistics sector contributes around 24 percent of global CO2 emissions.
In aviation, operational improvements, including fuel, weight, and flight path, typically provide fuel efficiency gains around 0.5 percent per year—not enough to meet the climate needs of our planet without system-level change.
How We Can Help
Adding Value to Your Business and Society
BSR works with companies and stakeholders across the entire supply chain—including air, ground, and ocean carriers, logistics management, shippers, and ports —on the full spectrum of sustainability issues.
We support companies with:
Sustainability strategy and integration
Living wage and implementation programs
Human rights and labor issues
Reporting and communications
Collaborations across the transport value chain
Who We Work With
Until there is collaboration and co-investment in pilot projects across the entire freight industry, low- and zero-carbon freight solutions will remain undeveloped at scale.
Collective Solutions for Meaningful Impact
Our cross-sector collaborative initiatives and partnerships ensure that no company is alone in addressing systemic sustainability challenges. Collaboration is a powerful enabler for companies seeking to transform their businesses, while making a meaningful impact.
Depth of Experience and Knowledge
Our team has extensive boardroom and field experience with transport and logistics companies.