Target Zero sets goals to reduce operational emissions, fuel consumption and waste per ton, in addition to finding ways to use renewable energy.

Agility created its Target Zero program to identify and eliminate health, safety, security and environmental (HSSE) risks. Agility workplaces, operating with near-zero HSSE incidents, are increasingly focused on new Target Zero goals that reduce operational emissions, fuel consumption and waste per ton, in addition to finding ways to use renewable energy.

In EcoVadis’s 2018 sustainability ratings, Agility GIL scored in the top 4 percent for environmental issues and top 16 percent for fair business practices.

To improve its EcoVadis rating, the company intends to work even more closely with air and ocean carriers to compile and assess critical environmental impact data from its shipments.

As a logistics provider, Agility operates with the help of carriers and other suppliers, particularly in the movement of freight. Its goal is to hold suppliers to the same high standards as its own operations and employees. Agility gains visibility into supplier operations through a variety of methods, including ongoing monitoring and evaluation of Service-Level Agreements (SLAs), audits and supplier qualification surveys.

Here is a brief look at those practices:

SLA Monitoring

Agility works with customers to build their requirements for sustainable practices into Service-Level Agreements, then to monitor its suppliers’ commitment and performance in meeting those requirements.

Audits

Agility conducts audits and quarterly business reviews of its suppliers. These are managed at the country-level within the jurisdiction where the supplier resides. Audits can reveal gaps where standards aren’t being met, as well as illuminate new opportunities for sustainability practices.

Supplier Qualification Surveys

First conducted in 2010, the Agility supplier qualification survey is a tool to vet suppliers. At its most basic level, the survey determines a supplier’s legitimacy (what is the supplier’s tax ID, revenue and number of employees, for instance). It includes questions about workplace safety, supply chain security and whether the supplier has credentials to handle sensitive or dangerous cargo such as ammunition and hazardous materials.

Additionally, it poses questions to help determine whether the supplier shares Agility’s values and is as committed to sustainable business practices and fair labor as Agility. Suppliers that demonstrate a commitment to sustainable practices and meet Agility’s requirements move to the top of Agility’s preferred vendor list.