Revolutionising the relationship between sustainability and logistics

Grace Reddish

A plan to make a difference.

The global economy relies on logistics to transport goods all across the world and keep supply chains moving. As a result of this, the logistics industry contributes just over a third of global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and is a sector that must innovate to reduce the impact on our planet. 

Every business that relies on logistics and supply chains will need to work with partners who are prepared to evolve, particularly as new legislation is rolled out, such as the EU’s CSRD. Keeping ahead of changes and all the new standards in our sector means we must collaborate with industry experts and what better place to start than our local university.

A few months ago, our partnership with Nottingham Trent University expanded as we were awarded funding for a second Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), all focused on sustainability within the logistics sector. The KTP gives Baxter Freight direct access to lead academics within sustainability and supply chains and also our very own Sustainability Specialist! 

Now, our Sustainable Freight Network has expanded as we’ve welcomed our second KTP, Oumaima!

We thought we’d chat with Oumaima all about her experience, and what changes she’s looking forward to making here at Baxter Freight.

Oumaima Haouid - Sustainability Specialist (KTP)

What first started your interest in sustainability?

O – It was whilst I was at university studying International Relations when a friend of mine brought up the topic of sustainability and how that links to poverty. Before that, I’d never even comprehended the impact that it has, but I decided to research into it more, and was shocked by what I discovered.

Sustainability encompasses environmental, governmental and social issues and effects everyone’s lives. When I left university I worked as a Sustainability Analyst at Moody’s for 2 years, but soon realised that in order to be able to tell the right message, I needed to improve my skillset – that then led me to do a Master’s Degree in Journalism. Now I feel confident in my ability to convey key messaging about sustainability to a range of people.

What attracted you to our KTP role?

O – This job is like nothing I had seen before and checked all my boxes! The fact that every day I have the opportunity to impact the way different companies view sustainability is amazing. Within my role I’m given the task of creating sustainable strategies, which although is a challenge, makes such a difference!

Being able to work so closely with Nottingham Trent University is also such a rare opportunity – I’m able to utilise their databases, literature, and scholars to help shape the work I do.

What are your aims and aspirations whilst working at Baxter Freight?

O – My short-term goal is to learn all the different terms within the world of freight as there are so many! Logistics is a complex industry so I can’t wait to get immersed and understand it clearly. My long-term goals are to make Baxter Freight more credible in our certifications; I’d love for us to be ISO 14001 and ISO 15001 certified, these cover a range of topics like waste management and energy resources. The world of sustainability is ever-growing, so I’m excited to make my impact here!

Start your sustainable journey

As we begin our journey with the KTP we have also started to roll out scope 3 reporting, a key part of reporting carbon emissions in the supply chain and addressing the carbon hotspots. Our team, including Oumaima are here to help you cut through the jargon and explore these services. 

If you would like to know more about this service and our Sustainable Freight Network why not get in touch or sign up for our newsletter today.

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Our levels of experience and reputation have enabled us to innovate quickly within the industry.

Baxter Freight has been operating and excelling in the UK and Europe for over a decade now. Our leadership has been leading the way in the logistics industry for a lot longer.

We have led the way as the UK went through Brexit and established ourselves as experts in working in Europe. 

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