Mobility management is an important issue for the store chain Colruyt. The company has implemented several measures to improve the environmental, social and economic implications of its activity. They include both measures for commuting employees as for the goods distribution.
The Colruyt Group accounted with more than 160 stores and more than 12000 employees in Belgium in 2003. It has implemented several measures to improve its environmental performance. The environmental policy of Colruyt includes transport and mobility issues, both for the employees as for the goods distribution.
The travel patterns to work of the employees were examined, and each employee was given personal commuting advice. Several measures were taken regarding:
1) Transport modes:
- A carpooling scheme.
- Fostering bicycle use by paying bicycle allowances and offering free bicycles from the station to work to employees arriving by train.
- Fostering motorcycle use by passing the price of the bulk purchase of motorbikes to the employees.
2) Organisation of work:
- Decentralising some departments.
- Allowing part-time employees to work full days, at flexible hours…
In March 2003, 1,713 employees were profiting of these alternatives, preventing 4,865,138 person kilometres and reducing by 905 tons CO2 emissions each year.
1) Minimizing the number of kilometres:
The suppliers deliver the products on the central distribution centres of Colruyt, where every night the information from the shops is sent.>The next day the products are distributed to the shops. The maximum occupancy of the trucks is ensured, reducing to the minimum the mileage in proportion to the volume transported.
Another software programme provides the shortest routes, avoiding residential areas, for the trucks.
On the ride back the trucks collect the waste, bottles and crates from the shops, and goods from suppliers.
5,457,097 km per year are saved by the implementation of these measures, and CO2 emissions reduced by 5,315 tons.
2) Improving safety
The drivers working at Colruyt committed themselves to more responsible behaviour, and they received training courses. Different measures were taken in order to limit the speed, avoid noise, drive economically….
Colruyt is a company that acknowledges the environmental and social impact of its activity, and is committed to provide the means to improve its environmental performance and social implications without endangering its economic interests. Mobility management is an important issue in this concern and Colruyt’s policy is to sensitize and to provide alternatives, while acknowledging that the choice of the means of transport resides on the employee.
Regarding goods transport Colruyt’s efforts to minimise the negative impact of its activity include the full trailers and security for the company’s drivers and other road users.