2017 October 22 15:45
Philips Lighting and Maersk Line were awarded the “Business to Business Partnership of the Year” at the Responsible Business Awards 2017, Maersk Line said in its press release.
Maersk Line has won a responsible business award for its Carbon Pact partnership with Philips Lighting, which was praised as a “scalable solution addressing the significant challenge with carbon emissions in the supply chain”.
On October 16, the collaboration received recognition at the annual Responsible Business Awards ceremony in London, taking home the award for “Business to Business Partnership of the Year” within the category of “Supply Chain Sustainability”.
The Carbon Pact is a partnership in which Maersk Line is helping Philips Lighting realise its ambition of making the planet more sustainable.
For Philips Lighting, being sustainable is not just about selling low-carbon technology. It is about changing the way business is done entirely. Last year the company introduced strict targets for its operations and has publicly committed to become carbon neutral by 2020.
The Carbon Pact supports this ambition, as Maersk Line expects to reduce carbon emissions related to containers shipped for Philips Lighting by 20% before 2020.
“The Carbon Pact commits both companies to be transparent around carbon emissions,” says Kaisa Helena Tikk, Global Sustainability Advisor in Transport & Logistics.
“We discuss customers’ sustainability challenges and identify actions to jointly work on, as well as look at trading patterns and developments in our fleet to suggest how to reduce carbon footprint five years from now.”
Since the Pact was signed in 2016, Philips Lighting has saved around 1,200 metric tonnes of CO2 compared to the industry average by shipping with Maersk Line.
The 8th annual Responsible Business Awards is organised by Ethical Corporation. Philips Lighting and Maersk Line won the ‘Business to Business Partnership of the Year’ category with their Carbon Pact. Among other companies shortlisted for this award in 2017 are ING Bank, Timberland, United Airlines and Ford Motor Company Fund.