GAC Group launches company-based Enviro Award

Published February 11th, 2009 - 02:00 GMT

GAC Group launches company-based Enviro Award


Leading shipping, logistics and marine services group, GAC, has launched an environmental excellence award focused on the operations of its 79 operating companies around the world.

The award, under that patronage of GAC Group Executive Chairman, Björn Engblom, recognises concrete, measurable achievements by local GAC companies in reducing resource usage, recycling and re-using materials.

Next step
“GAC has been an environmentally-aware organisation for many decades, stemming from our Scandinavian roots,” says GAC Group President, Lars Säfverström.

“But now we are taking the next step to ensure all our companies have a clear incentive to look more closely at what they use and what they produce; to finds ways to reduce our impact on the environment.

“We want to keep this as a locally-based initiative and to avoid using corporate buzzwords like ‘carbon footprint’ and ‘greenhouse gas percentages’.

“The award emphasises clear and simple achievements such as kilos of paper saved, litres of water saved, number of printer cartridges recycled, and so on.”

Prizes
Known as The Chairman’s Award for Environmental Excellence, it will be awarded annually and will offer substantial monetary prizes up to 10,000 US dollars to those GAC companies that contribute most to managing their environmental impact.

Global
The GAC Group is a recognised global shipping agent and marine services provider with a growing global presence in key logistics sectors.

In recent years it has grown significantly both through strategic acquisitions and through the creation of its own operations in target countries.

In 2008, GAC acquired OBC, a major UK shipping agency and also opened new operations in Kazakhstan, Algeria, Mozambique, Czech Republic and Poland.


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