Future historians will agree that 2021 was pivotal – it’s the year we felt the sustained impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. And after two years of disruption to systems that run society, it has taken a toll on all of us.
The events of the past two years have shown us that health, global economics, social systems, and the very world we live in are simultaneously fragile and resilient. With this backdrop, industrial transformation and collaboration have never been more urgent. Many companies are making bold commitments to net-zero, diversity and inclusion, and responsible technology to accelerate the necessary changes in response to the climate emergency, inequality, and nature loss.
Change is our only constant. Whether in business or life, changing the way we do things is a must to keep up with our fast-moving world. We stay resolute in our commitment to building a more sustainable supply chain.
ConGlobal’s transformation journey as a company is interconnected with our sustainability journey. I believe the most significant impact we can make is by working with our customers to develop sustainable innovations that address the world’s challenges.
Our team’s health, safety, and well-being will always be our top priority. I am proud to see ConGlobal employees taking steps, both big and small, to deliver on our mission of taking care. Their collaboration and commitments transform how we deliver results for our customers, communities, and stakeholders. Together we are making a meaningful change that is good for business, society, and the planet.
Within the pages of this report, you will find a comprehensive and transparent description of our responsibilities, actions, and achievements. At ConGlobal, we view sustainability as an extension of our business strategy, culture, and mission. We are committed to providing distinct value for those we are privileged to serve.
Brant Ring, CEO
OUR JOURNEY TO DECARBONIZATION
Climate change is one of our most significant environmental and social issues. Facing this challenge requires ambition, action, accountability, and care. This is in our daily mission—and we are set for the task.
ConGlobal VISION & MISSON
Be the go-to experts in terminal operations. | Take care of each other, our customers, and our business.
SAFETY + SUSTAINABILITY = ZERO HARM
We believe our actions are an essential part of maintaining a positive safety culture, and they fuel our Zero Harm philosophy:
Take personal responsibility – this shared sentiment means everyone is accountable for promoting a safe and healthy workplace for ourselves and others affected by our activities.
Proactively identify and manage risks – we are proactive in making every work environment safe, healthy, and secure, not only for ourselves but also for our teammates, clients, contractors, and the community. Before all work tasks, we conduct risk assessments, report hazards when observed, and action solutions to prevent harm and protect health.
Communicate openly – communication is the cornerstone of safe behavior. We foster a team culture where incidents, hazards, and near misses are reported and managed in a receptive and supportive environment. Building safety moments into all meetings are an integral part of our working day.
TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER, OUR CUSTOMERS, AND OUR BUSINESS.
Our mission statement helps cut through the noise and points employees at the heart of our company’s passion for terminal operation expertise.
Our approach to Zero Harm enables us to work safely and responsibly in complex industrial environments. We firmly believe we can work every move, every shift, every day with Zero Harm to our people, the environment, and the communities where we operate.
Zero Environment Incidents
Zero Damage Incidents
OUR APPROACH TO SUSTAINABILITY
The transition to a low carbon economy is accelerating due to recent and strengthened commitments from governments, companies, investors, and the public. This shift has grown the awareness of the need for meaningful change across all businesses and has made us realize the need to work collaboratively to expand our impact.
Committing to a Greener Future
The last year brought extraordinary challenges. It has also been a time to recommit to our values, priorities, and the difference we want to make in the world.
We are committed to being sustainability leaders and reducing our carbon footprint to combat the urgent climate crisis. As we build on the positive momentum of our actions, we’re building out initiatives to become carbon-neutral across our operations.
Protecting People and the Planet from Emissions
As one of the largest transportation support companies in the United States, ConGlobal has an essential responsibility to build a more sustainable supply chain.
The transportation and logistics industry is a leading source of CO2 emissions, and we are committed to doing our part to create a more sustainable world.
Designing Strategies for Sustainable Development
At ConGlobal, we have been working collaboratively to develop sustainability initiatives to decrease our carbon footprint by identifying where we can begin to decarbonize our operations.
As our company evolves, we will continue to advance our sustainable development policy to guide us toward a greener future.
OUR PLEDGE TO SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
Our sustainability strategy is grounded in our purpose to provide our customers with terminal operations expertise while making essential innovations that support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
As a leader in multimodal operations, we embrace the accelerated pace of learning, change, and expectations worldwide and within our communities and workforce. Conversations about sustainability are quickly evolving, and we are listening and responding, internally and externally, to increase the speed and scale of our actions and impact.
Our pledge to sustainable environmental management includes:
- Monitoring and reducing the use of resources
- Research renewable energy sources and place preference on them rather than non-renewable
- Minimize waste and reuse materials where feasible
- Actively seek out and purchase from local vendors
- Promote a business culture that recognizes the importance of developing and maintaining the environmental values of projects and local communities
- Provide relevant training
FROM PLEDGES TO PROGRESS
Over the past year, we have seen the effects of climate change in yet another unprecedented fire season, along with devasting storms, deep freezes, and disastrous flooding, all while facing the continued spread of a global pandemic.
A JOURNEY TO NET-ZERO IS A COMPLEX ONE
We’ve identified concrete first steps, which include measuring, disclosing, and setting targets for emissions, accelerating our search for low-carbon opportunities, and innovative technology targeted at reducing dwell and redundant dwell equipment moves.
Choosing energy providers with an emphasis on those that source as much energy as possible from renewable sources. Researching where we can implement own solar panel systems at our depot locations.
In 2021, we recycled 5,724 gallons of Hydraulic Fluid and 987 tons of scrap metal. We’re looking for ways to improve recycling programs at depot locations and increase our repurposed waste.
In 2021, the Stockton intermodal site we operate became one of the first of its kind to become 100% electric in hostler operations. We’re continuing to search for more opportunities to make the switch to electric vehicles at other locations. We’ve specified 15 EVs for a site in San Bernardino.
We train our depot personnel not to enter nature areas around the facility and how to remove any wildlife that comes on property safely. Locations with surrounding green areas installed hummingbird feeders, bird houses, and planted trees to support the surrounding habitats.
We ensure that our partners and suppliers are engaged in sustainability; when possible, we select local vendors.
We monitor our emissions by tracking fuel consumption at every location—active maintenance protocols phase out older diesel engines for the more environmentally friendly tier 4 engines.
Our primary exposure is soil/water contamination from equipment leaking fuel, oil, or hydraulic fluid. We reduce this exposure with maintenance repair practices to ensure equipment is not leaking and storing all harmful liquids in secondary containment. Containment/cleanup supplies are available at all operations if needed.
We track our water consumption at our depot locations and are searching for ways to reduce this by water reclamation and reducing unnecessary usage.
We are developing climate-related risk assessments and disclosures to improve accessibility and meet evolving reporting guidelines and rising stakeholder expectations.
We understand the importance and urgency of mapping climate-related risks to relevant enterprise risks and developing line-of-sight goals for business units and critical functions.
We leverage third-party tools like Tomorrow.io’s weather and climate security platform and Samsara’s fleet tracking telematics to identify, assess, characterize, and manage climate-related risks.
SUSTAINABILITY BENCHMARKING & DOCUMENTATION
Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmarking (GRESB) is a global agency that assesses the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) performance of assets.
More than 100 institutional investors use GRESB data to engage with investment managers on their sustainability performance for real estate and infrastructure investments.
2021 Sustainability Report
2021 ESG Objectives
2022 GRESB Assessment