Economic, ecological and social sustainability is an integral part of Kuehne + Nagel’s business activities. For the Group, operating sustainably means actively contributing to protecting the environment through the considerate use of natural resources and acting in accordance with public concerns. 


For a number of years now, Kuehne + Nagel has been implementing its 2020 environment strategy, a global effort to improve its environmental performance and support customers in achieving their own targets. Kuehne + Nagel is the first logistics provider to give its customers insights into their CO2 footprint. Since May 2017 all seafreight invoices disclose the associated carbon dioxide emissions. This allows Kuehne + Nagel customers to improve the analysis, reporting and management of CO2 emissions caused by their transport chain and thus achieve long-term reduction of the environmental impact. Together with its business partner Hapag-Lloyd, one of the largest liner shipping companies in the world, Kuehne + Nagel has committed to making a considerable reduction in CO2 emissions in their common container transport activities. By 2020, pollution emissions per container moved should be reduced by approximately 17 per cent. In offices and warehouses, the Kuehne + Nagel Group is committed to sustainable energy supplies: About 580,000 sqm of space around the world is fitted with photovoltaic panels for renewable electricity generation.

“As a globally operating company, Kuehne + Nagel is aware of its responsibility for society and the environment. We have set ourselves ambitious sustainability targets which we have continuously met in recent years.”

Dr. Detlef Trefzger, CEO

At Kuehne + Nagel, quality is a key differentiator. This applies to all products and areas of activity. Compliance with quality standards is regularly evaluated through internal and external audits. In 2017, the Bureau Veritas agency again audited the Kuehne + Nagel Group and recertified it against the ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 standards. The supplier management system allows the evaluation of suppliers and business partners in view of compliance with national and international quality standards. This continuous optimisation process delivered a significant increase in customer satisfaction in 2017, confirmed by surveys in all regions. 


With the “No harm to people” initiative, Kuehne + Nagel aims to achieve the highest level of health and safety for all parties involved in operations: employees, customers and suppliers. A comprehensive health and safety management system supported by global, regional and national expert teams contributes to further raise awareness of health and safety topics through training and action programmes.


Compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements as well as the internal Code of Conduct is a matter of course at Kuehne + Nagel; all business activities worldwide are based upon the highest ethical and legal standards. Kuehne + Nagel considers integrity to be a key element of its business behaviour. Therefore, in 2017, the KN Ethics and Compliance Programme was enhanced: Regional Compliance Officers now support compliance with the global Code of Conduct and relevant training for managers and employees. 


At an early stage, Kuehne + Nagel identified the need for a certified end-to-end solution for warehousing and transport of lithium batteries, which have to be handled as dangerous goods. In 2017, the company launched KN BatteryChain, a new product which covers the entire lithium battery supply chain from manufacture of the cells to battery assembly and automotive production as well as disposal and recycling of used lithium batteries. The high quality of Kuehne + Nagel’s industry-specific products and services is confirmed by more than 300 customer audits performed in the pharma and healtcare, aerospace and high-tech industries.

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