"We are creating e-charging stations in our properties worldwide for the electric mobility of our employees," informs Felix Wenzel, Managing Partner of a. hartrodt. This is a further step on the path to sustainable business, which the medium-sized freight forwarder has been pursuing consistently and purposefully for years. Wenzel mentions Australia as an example: "In 2019, we installed a photovoltaic system with 228 solar panels on our warehouse roof in Sydney. Since then, our branch has been largely powered by solar electricity."
Drinking water dispensers and metal bottles
"In the organizations, we have to find local solutions," Wenzel emphasizes. All over the world, he encourages all managing directors at a. hartrodt to "deal with this". For example, drinking water dispensers or filter systems have been purchased in the offices in Italy, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and the USA, among others. While employees in Italy received metal bottles, employees in the USA are encouraged to use their own drinking vessels.
Saving paper and electricity in the office
"We're just setting up complete paperless processes," Wenzel reports. After years of working in Australia and Asia, he notes in Europe: "I've never seen so much paper as here." But things are moving forward: In the Czech Republic and Romania, the number of printers has been cut by two thirds. In addition to reducing particulate matter in the office, this also saves on electricity consumption. This has been reduced in the USA since air conditioning systems were switched off at night and on weekends. In New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, a. hartrodt now largely archives documents only electronically on the CargoWise One supply chain platform.
For a. hartrodt, climate protection is more than mere lip service. The family-owned company has more than 8,000 trees planted every year through a tree sponsorship program and is committed to the careful use of natural resources as a Hamburg Environmental Partner. a. hartrodt has also been able to improve its carbon footprint at the other end of the world: In South Africa, diesel generators were replaced by battery-powered inverters.