Global-e Sustainability approach and commitment : Global e-commerce done right
Last updated: September 2020
Our sustainability approach is built on our understanding of the role we play in global trade and e-commerce, mostly fashion e-commerce, and our ability to influence from our position in the supply and fulfilment chain.
As we deal daily with manufacturers, retailers and distributors of consumer goods, fashion, shoes etc., along with our close relations with shippers and carrier – we believe in our ability to influence.
We understand the power of our partnered brands and retailer to impact the sustainability of our planet and the environment we all live in. And while we don’t manufacture, we want to influence and contribute where we can.
To that end, we have adopted this policy to ascertain awareness and compliance.
First, our offices and working locations:
It starts from within, by ensuring our staff is aware, and have the tools to carry on with their tasks while protecting the environment. We require them to recognize the importance, and encourage them to recycle, save energy, reuse materials, donate old items and view all waste as a source.
We believe that we can make an impact even by doing the very basic things - we have a strict “turn off” policy at the end of work-day, we avoid paper/plastic cups and we don’t print unless absolutely necessary.
Packaging and waste:
We deliver parcels. We sell products. This is our business, so we can’t avoid it.
But it doesn’t mean we can’t make sure our partner brands and retailers are focused on reducing packaging size, using recyclable and sustainable materials and otherwise being committed to their initiatives and efforts to reduce the overall waste. We support them with technology and know-how enabling them to use smaller packing and save some costs on the way.
We have adopted and participate in regulated schemes to ensure all packages are reported, documented and managed.
In addition to paper packages, in many cases we are required to provide customers with invoices, receipts or other documents pertaining their purchases. With that in mind, we are investing efforts to switch our shipments to “paperless” stream work, and prefer those carriers who offer same in as many lanes as possible. When possible we will prefer sending those documents via emails, and if not – we will require our suppliers and partners to use recycled paper.
Along with packaging, carriage and delivery have the largest impact on the environment. And since we are so heavily involved in that, we required our partner shippers to be committed to our goals.
Optimizing shipping is not only an economic benefit to consumers and partner retailers and brands, but also a way to lower the impact of trucks and airplanes on the environment. By selecting only committed carriers, and by optimizing the shipping method, we strive to make the biggest impact. Precise measures, consolidation of parcels and efficient returns services directly contribute to less carbon emissions.
We promote and support, through technology and business advice, consolidated shipping, ship from stores and ship to stores, use of drop points for deliveries and other such logistics solutions that reduce the use of carbon, fuels and gas.
We know that e-commerce, and fashion in particular, are major players in bringing our world to where it is. But we also know there are ways to change that, and we can play a key role in that effort. We see this as a mission, an opportunity, to help solve it.
- We commit to follow our principles and to bring them to the attention of our partners, suppliers and providers.
- We commit to prefer partners, suppliers and providers who share our approach and actively pursue those goals.
- We commit to invest resources to develop better solutions for optimizing package size, shipping routes and paperless trade.