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Living ESG

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For over 130 years, Kuehne+Nagel has enhanced the socio-economic benefits of global trade by supporting customers with the management of their supply chains around the world. As a signatory of the UN Global Compact, we strive to be a frontrunner in sustainable logistics. One cornerstone of our Roadmap 2026 is Living ESG. This means Kuehne+Nagel is proactively integrating today's ever-accelerating trends into sustainable logistics.


Kuehne+Nagel is a frontrunner in ESG Priorities and Initiatives

The cornerstone Living ESG further integrates environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects into our overall corporate strategy and into the culture of the entire organisation.

In order to address climate change, we have set ambitious, science-based emission reduction targets for our own operations. We are also supporting customers with their transition to net zero. We are investing in our own fleet of electric trucks and in renewable energy for our offices and warehouses. We will also offer a range of solutions for our customers, including emission measurements and sustainable fuels. In addition, our numerous pilot programmes and initiatives aim to reduce the company’s impact on the environment. These include the installation of solar panels on trucks, the deployment of electric vehicles for airport transfers, and the use of sustainable packaging initiatives to reduce waste and minimize plastic materials in contract logistics operations.

Kuehne+Nagel strives to be the best company to work for and work with. We aim to create a workplace where everyone feels they belong. Diversity and equal opportunities are firmly anchored in the corporate culture at Kuehne+Nagel. The company is driven by respect for the uniqueness of each individual — regardless of gender and gender identity, physical and mental characteristics, religion and worldview, sexual orientation, social or ethnic origin, nationality and age. We believe in the innovative power of diversity in our teams. Guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, we want to double female representation in top leadership by 2030 and increase intern intake by 15% by 2030, compared to a 2021 base year.

We foster a sense of trust with stakeholders. We fulfill our responsibility to be a reliable and successful business partner by committing to the highest levels of ethics and compliance practices.

ESG Rating agencies

Kuehne+Nagel continues to maintain top scores with key ESG rating agencies:

ESG Rating agency Score
Ecovadis 70/100: Gold Medal
MSCI AAA 'Leader'
Sustainalytics 17.8 (Low Risk)


nationalities represented at Kuehne+Nagel. We want to double female representation in top leadership by 2030 and increase intern intake by 15% by 2030.



Leader in providing decarbonisation solutions to our customers globally

As an asset-light provider with the majority of emissions in Scope 3, we focus on supporting customers and carriers with their journey towards decarbonization and strive to offer the best sustainability solutions available. The suite of customer solutions ranges from providing data-driven insights and transparency to supply chain optimization and access to clean technologies. In addition, we offer a clear, structured approach to developing a strategic decarbonization framework with tactical prioritization to support our customers’ sustainability goals.

State-of-the-art emission measurements provide customers with full visibility of their greenhouse gas emissions on a shipment level as well as reporting through emission dashboards and data analytics solutions such as benchmarking with sector peers.

Business case:
Reduction of CO2e emissions for road trucking for port–production transport

Shipments flows | inbound & outbound:

■  Separately managed in- and outbound road transports
    □  500 TEUs inbound
    □  1,500 TEUs outbound
■  Limited availability of empty containers
■  Seasonal inbalance of in- and outbound volumes

Shipments flows | inbound & outbound round trips:

■  Use rail mode for the majority of the transport chain
■  Implement round trips for in- and outbound transportation
■  Situate empty container terminal close to production
■  Seasonal peak covered through trucking


CO2e reduction, as well as transport cost reduction

“With our global network of sustainability experts as well as our strong performance with ESG rating agencies, we are well-placed to respond and adapt to the evolving customer and employee needs.”

Andrea Debbané, Global Head of Sustainability

As transformative clean transport technologies develop, low-carbon fuels are seen as the most important bridging solution available today. They can instantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Sustainable fuels such as next generation biofuels for sea freight, Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) for air freight, and Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) for road logistics can replace conventional fossil fuels with sustainable alternatives derived from renewable sources such as biological waste. Our streamlined process enables customers to replace fossil fuel in all modes of transport by choosing low-carbon alternatives through a Book&Claim model where the volume of sustainable fuel purchased corresponds to the amount of carbon emission reductions, independent of technical limitations such as blending limits. Compared to using the same amount of conventional fuel, direct emission reductions can be up to 94% and up to 100% if additional fuel is purchased to balance remaining emissions through overcompensation.