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Simplifying the process of sustainability measurement

With a complex supply chain in moving and a broad range of certifications on the market, getting to a definitive measure of sustainability can be problematic. Petr Procházka, Country Representative of Gosselin, Czechia, explains why a single uniform standard would help the sector transition for mandatory reporting.

(this article originally appeared in FIDI Focus)

ISSB, SASB, B Corp Certification, LEED, Well Certification, CDSB, GRI, ISSA, 5000, Ecovadis, TCFD Framework, RC-ISO… There are so many options available to companies who want to evaluate and/or certify their efforts in sustainability.

The idea of certifications and ‘objective’ grading of a firm’s activities is great; however, it becomes confusing to find the best and most relevant one.

Bookers, large RMCs, procurement departments of multinational clients, or state institutions and partner companies seek to demonstrate that they are booking a responsible supply chain activity, so they request sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) data from their moving providers. These requirements vary greatly from one booker to another, even if the underlying legislation is usually not that different.

Moving and relocation is a business with many supply chain levels involving many independent stakeholders. Limited exchange of information and communication can make collecting date difficult. Furthermore, subcontractors and agents are currently flooded with additional, uncoordinated compliance requests, and are not able to handle them properly, with enough detail, if they want to stay competitive in the daily business.

This is why I believe we need one reporting standard and a set of metrics to evaluate the activities of moving companies and supply chains.

A common standard for our industry would allow us to prepare for mandatory sustainability reporting, and would cut costs and save a lot of work

We do not have to go far for a solution – it already exists. The European Union (EU) has created it for us through the EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) which will become compulsory for large companies with more than €40m yearly revenue (or €20m assets and/or 250 full-time employees) as of 1 January 2026. These businesses will have to provide information on their ESG effort as part of their annual report, and the reported data will have to be structured according to the EU Sustainability Reporting Standards.

The agency responsible for the development of this requirement, the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG), was also mandated with preparing sector-specific standards, and we expect one for transportation to be available as of 2025. These reporting standards have a drawback, however: they only set the topics on which a company needs to (publicly) report; they do not provide a solution for directly evaluating quality and compliance.

While we wait for the logistics standard and a set of specific metrics to be made available, it might appear that private certifications are the way forward – but I have another idea. FIDI or the Coalition for Greener Mobility should approach EFRAG and work with large industry players, or other logistics associations, to develop a common standard for our industry. This would allow us to prepare for the upcoming mandatory sustainability reporting, and would cut costs and save a lot of work.

Petr Prochazka

As many large moving companies will have to comply with this new EU legislation, they will also have to report on their supply chains. This means that the budget for sustainability reporting, compliance and related departments will have to be increased, or the attention will shift from private certifications to one common standardized approach.

I am not saying private certifications should be abandoned; they are a good basis for understanding where certified companies can make improvements. But it would be worthwhile if they based their results on the data contained in the very detailed EU sustainability report that many companies will have to prepare anyway. In this way, procurement and request for proposals (RFPs) could be streamlined: if the evaluation is built on the EU sustainability reporting standard, it should be enough for a satisfactory participation in tenders and RFPs.

About Petr

Petr has been the Country Representative for Czechia since 2019 and currently is assisting with ESG topics for Gosselin’s Moving division. He has worked in the moving industry for eight years in various positions and lectures at the Prague University of Economics and Business.

ABOUT GOSSELIN: 

Founded in 1930, Gosselin currently employs more than 975 people who generate total sales of over 450 million Euros. Gosselin’s headquarters is located on the Albert Canal in Deurne where the container terminal connects the Port of Antwerp Bruges and the Port of Rotterdam with the European hinterland. With 56 offices in 34 countries, the company has strong representation in Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Caucasus, Central Asia and China. The Gosselin Group consists of two divisions: Gosselin Moving and Gosselin Logistics.  

Gosselin Moving handles international moves for multinationals, expats, diplomats, military personnel and private individuals.  

Gosselin Logistics provides logistics services to businesses, with activities ranging from forwarding, warehouse storage and container processing to industrial logistics projects for heavy machinery and entire factories.  

 

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