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Deutsche Post DHL Group has rolled out a new certification for its road transport subcontractors to encourage their sustainability efforts.

Certified subcontractors will be ranked in four categories: 'Pass', 'Good', 'Excellent’ and ‘Outstanding’. This will be based on the sustainability strategies they have in place, measurements of carbon footprint, and data transparency.

The press release suggests that certified companies will be rewarded for their efforts, and while it’s not entirely clear what these rewards would be, DHL described it as “an additional decision point for future transport tenders and assignments”.

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Credit: Deutsche Post DHL Group

The idea is that the certification encourages transparency on the issue for all stakeholders, including customers who may be looking to lower their own carbon footprint.

The Group believes the scheme will help them achieve their target of producing below 29 million tons of greenhouse gases by 2030, and of achieving net zero by 2050.

DHL Freight has already surveyed 600 of its partners in Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain, while DHL Supply Chain has initiated rollout in selected regions.

DHL Express already includes the certification as part of its tendering process.

Source: Deutsche Post DHL Group

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