Because our sites are located mostly in urban areas or designated industrial/commercial zones, it is unlikely that our business operations would negatively impact protected areas or endanger protected plant or animal species. Nevertheless, our operations do have an impact on ecosystems – through our greenhouse gas emissions and local air pollutants, the use of natural resources or other operations-related factors. For this reason, our environmental management system accounts for biodiversity impacts when designing measures and initiatives. One such example is our Policy on the Usage of Liquid Biofuels, which considers biodiversity in the countries where biofuels are produced.
Another example is our terms and conditions, which expressly prohibits the use of our network to transport protected, threatened or endangered plant and animal species – a major issue around the world. We are a member of the United for Wildlife task force backed by Prince William, and in 2016 we joined with other logistics companies to sign a Buckingham Palace initiative against the trade in protected species of wildlife. Our joint objective is to shut down transportation channels used for illegal trade of protected animals. In the reporting year we conducted an extensive range of activities in pursuit of this goal. We conducted a communications campaign to raise awareness among our employees and conducted trainings on the topic so that employees are able to recognize suspicious cargo and know which steps to take if they suspect illegal wildlife trafficking. Our employees also take part in workshops on the topic and volunteer their time to international animal-protection initiatives.
In the reporting year we handled the transport of a black rhinoceros from its place of birth in the Czech Republic to its natural habitat in Tanzania. The reintroduction of animals into a nature preserve is part of an ongoing project of the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust, which champions the preservation and propagation of endangered species in their natural habitats.