Leadership Stories


As a global logistics service provider, GEODIS’ 7 Golden Rules and 7 Leadership Principles* include being a good citizen. One of its key environmental objectives* is to monitor and reduce the environmental impact of its activities and contribute to the fight against climate change.


This is put into practice through its Oxygen project that covers GHG measurement, reduction actions, partnerships with major subcontractors and solutions for clients. About 217,000 tonnes of GHG emissions were generated in 2017 from GEODIS’ own operations and electricity use, while emissions from subcontractors were about 4,500,000 tonnes. Most emissions are generated by Air and Ocean Freight transport.

“Building on existing expertise and best practices such as the ones in place at GEODIS, the Smart Freight Centre helps accelerate the transition to a low-carbon world by ensuring that, in any region of the world, the industry and particularly shippers can make decision knowing the environmental impact of their supply chains”.

Cécile Bray
Climate and Carbon Accounting Expert, GEODIS


  • Adopted the GLEC Framework* and has embedded the methodology in its in-house GHG emissions calculation tools covering all transport modes that is integrated in its Transport Management System (TMS). Adoption was made easier as the GLEC Framework builds on what GEODIS was already using: the European standard EN 16258*, the French Decree 2017_639, the external EcoTransIT* World tool, and Clean Cargo. The EC-funded LEARN project helped to test the GLEC Framework for its express, rail-road, air and sea services and warehouses.
  • Set a target* to a 30% reduction in its GHG emissions by 2030 from 2017


  • Shifts freight from road to rail and barges, for example for transportation of goods between China and Europe, Spain and Germany, reducing emissions by more than 20,000 tonnes of GHG annually. The company invests in natural gas and electric vehicles and had 47 directly operated in 2017
  • Integrates climate solutions in its offering to clients*, for example the use of natural gas and electric vehicles* for delivery of their goods, with a payback period of within five years. For Rail-Road, GEODIS is offering 3 alternative means of production: combined railway, piggybacking and Fercam. GEODIS also provides its clients with a calculation of the carbon footprint of their received services, along with other KPIs


  • Participates actively in various initiatives, including green freight programs (SmartWay* in the US, Canada and Mexico, Clean Cargo), technology innovation platforms in Europe (ALICE*, Movin’On Open Lab),
  • Advocates for stronger policy on sustainable logistics in Europe for example through its 10 year collaboration with ADEME in France, by supporting the campaign to set ambitious CO2 standards for trucks* and through a study by ECF and Cambridge Econometrics* to highlight the economic and environmental benefits of alternative powertrains for long-distance trucking in Europe.

GEODIS is an international logistics company headquartered in France and comprises five Lines of Business: Supply Chan Optimization, Freight Forwarding, Contract Logistics, Distribution & Express and Road Transport.

Source of reference:
* GEODIS - A strategy driven by Business Excellence
* GEODIS' corporate social responsibility policy - A Golden Rule: Be a Good Citizen
* Smart Freight Centre - What is the GLEC Framework
* European standard EN 16258
* EcoTransIT World
* GEODIS' target - Environment: a Low-carbon Transport and Logistics Solution Pioneer
* GEODIS' global offer for climate solutions
* Alternative energies: when GEODIS runs on natural gas
* EPA SmartWay program
* ALICE - Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe
* Juncker under unprecedented pressure to deliver strong truck CO2 targets
* ECF and Cambridge Econometrics study: Trucking into a Greener Future