Environment Champions at Kuehne + Nagel

Part I | Toulouse, France

Green Light for E-Trucks

In May this year, Kuehne + Nagel introduced a 100 per cent electric car fleet replacing combustion vehicles for deliveries within the different production sites of one of its main customers in Toulouse, France. Pierre, QSHE Manager on-site, explains why he chose to promote environmental protection by becoming an Environment Champion for the company and what drives his commitment to the use of clean energy.

Pierre Albert, QSHE Manager at Kuehne + Nagel Toulouse

“I am proud to be part of the global Environment Champion team. In this way, I can help my company to meet its green objectives and also provide better environment for my children. As an Environment Champion it is my job to promote Kuehne + Nagel’s values like preservation of the environment or sustainable development at my workplace and within my business area which is characterised by constant evolution and a very high level of industrial standard. Implementing a new idea, therefore, has to be carefully analysed and proven capable since customer satisfaction is the overall target. The Green Truck project is a tangible way to reduce Kuehne + Nagel’s carbon footprint and at the same time it even contributes to meet the environmental objectives of our customer. The e-vehicles cover more than 500 km per day with zero CO2 emission and zero fossil energy consumption with the same service reliability level. This is only a first step and there is still a long way to go, but it is a perfect proof that one can combine on-time deliveries, customer satisfaction and environmental conservation.”

Since 2009, Kuehne + Nagel has been building up a worldwide network of Environment Champions - employees who next to their jobs volunteer to raise awareness of environmental issues, provide guidance to their colleagues and influence site activities to reduce CO2 emissions. In our miniseries we will show you Kuehne + Nagel’s “green faces” encouraging globally the use of environmental friendly solutions

Kuehne + Nagel honoured with Adam Smith Award 2016

The Adam Smith Awards are considered the highest global awards for achievements in corporate treasury. Kuehne + Nagel was awarded overall winner in the category “Best SWIFT Solution”.

In late 2014, Kuehne + Nagel launched its project to replace the existing ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) with an in-house developed tool that would work as a global interface. Before the implementation of the new ERP, all banking connectivity was handled locally and every country was in charge of its own connections.

According to Benedikt Z., Cash Manager at Kuehne + Nagel Management AG and initiator of the project, the vision was to connect with all of the company’s banks worldwide through one channel, in one format and with one security module following one security policy. The new ERP platform and the new SWIFT solution has gone live in more than 50 countries. The global roll-out of the tool will be finished by summer 2017.

Benedikt says: “We are very happy and proud to say that our vision came true. There is no difference in channel, format, security module and security policy if an in-coming or outgoing payment is made in New Zealand, South Korea, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Romania, Estonia, Switzerland, Belgium, Norway, Ireland, Canada, Chile or all the other countries worldwide which are already implemented.”

  • Kuehne + Nagel's Finance team receives the Adam Smith Award for Best SWIFT Solution
  • The 2016 Best SWIFT Solution winners