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Bolloré joins the VIVE programme in commitment to sustainability in East Africa

Wednesday, 11 August 2021 16:32
Bolloré joins the VIVE programme in commitment to sustainability in East Africa

(BOLLORE) - Building on a 25-year relationship, Bolloré Transport & Logistics and supply chain services company Czarnikow are collaborating to support Bolloré Transport & Logistics’ sustainable development in East Africa, through the VIVE Sustainable Supply Programme.

VIVE is designed to create fully sustainable supply chains in which all actors commit to sustainable improvement.   Through its participation in this programme, Bolloré Transport & Logistics is strengthening its footprint as a player in fully sustainable trade.

Will Rook, Head of VIVE, says; “The VIVE Programme is committed to supporting its participants in reaching their sustainability goals through third party verification and bespoke improvement plans. We are proud to be supporting Bolloré Transport & Logistics via our Chain of Custody Module, developed to provide transparency on goods moving along the supply chain”.

As part of this continuous improvement sustainability programme, led by Czarnikow and Intellync, Bolloré Transport & Logistics in East Africa will benefit from a sustainability audit and a three-year improvement plan. Bolloré Transport & Logistics' Kenyan and Tanzanian subsidiaries will take part in the programme.

Bolloré Transport & Logistics, which provides logistics and value-added warehousing services to various manufacturers in the food and beverage industry, is the only integrated logistics company in the East African region to subscribe to VIVE.

The VIVE programme that the company is joining will reinforce the company's sustainability strategy. In 2018, the logistics division of Bolloré Transport & Logistics launched its CSR strategy "Powering Sustainable Logistics" to address the ESG challenges of its business. This strategy, recognised by extra-financial rating agencies, has enabled the company to integrate measures to improve energy efficiency, develop low-carbon alternatives, and mobilise the company's stakeholders.

VIVE is designed to create fully sustainable supply chains, with every participant in a trade committing sustainable improvement. This goal was reached last year, with the world’s first end to end sustainable sugar trade, facilitated by VIVE. Logistics and warehousing form an essential part of any supply chain, thus empowering Bolloré Transport & Logistics to be part of fully sustainable trades in future. VIVE is a multi-commodity programme, recently expanding to include renewable energy and fruit, creating more opportunities for its participants.

Jason Reynard, CEO of Bollore Transport & Logistics, East Africa Region, says; “As a company, Bolloré Transport & Logistics is dedicated to continuously improve our operations with a view to address the current and future concerns of our clients and stakeholders, as well as emergent global issues in our industry.  The VIVE program is therefore a suitable audit mechanism for our activities in East Africa, to check on our actions and create new benchmarks in our logistics offering to our key clients.”

About Bolloré Transport & Logistics in Kenya

Bolloré Transport & Logistics in Kenya is headquartered in Nairobi with Logistics Centres in Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, and agencies in Malaba, Busia, Lokichoggio, Namanga and Eldoret. The company operates over 125,000SqM of warehousing facilities across the country, and offers 360-degree supply chain logistics services, including value-added inventory management and warehousing solutions. Thanks to this unique network of agencies and the quality of involvement of its 1.000 Kenyan employees, Bolloré Transport & Logistics in Kenya works with its clients to build supply chain and contract logistics solutions for the FMCG, retail, manufacturing, mining, oil, gas, telecommunications, humanitarian aid and energy sectors. www.bollore-transport-logistics.com

About Czarnikow and Intellync

The VIVE Sustainable Supply programme marries over 20 years of sustainability expertise from Intellync with established trade and supply chain prowess from Czarnikow. Intellync is the data and technology division of the AB Agri Group. With a vision is to bridge the gap between people, data and technology in agriculture, it currently works with a range of retailers, food processors and directly with farmers to support agri-food production in a way that benefits everyone along the value chain. Czarnikow is a global supply chain company with over 160 years' experience in the sugar industry. The Company offers a range of services from corporate and trade finance and advisory to supply chain planning and execution for ingredients in the global food and beverage industry. Active in 90 countries, Czarnikow trades 5 million metric tonnes of products  each year.

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