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Our Corporate Sustainability Initiatives

Discover our commitment to a sustainable future—rewriting supply chains to make the world better for generations to come.

Building stronger, more sustainable supply chains of the future

To make an environmental impact, we must all work together. That is why our environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives focus on making improvements within our company, with our customers and contract carriers, and within the transportation industry as a whole.

Our sustainability goals

We have set a science-aligned target to reduce our carbon intensity 40% by 2025 over our 2018 baseline numbers. To reach this goal, we will:

  • Find energy efficiencies within our facilities
  • Cultivate a sustainable workplace culture through procurement and engagement
  • Invest in renewable energy certificates (RECs)

In 2021, we reduced our Scope 1 and 2 emissions intensity by 36% against a goal of 40% by 2025, putting the company at 90% to completion and on track to meet the goal prior to 2025.

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Our latest ESG report

Read the details of our material ESG issues. Learn about our approach to environmental, social and governance topics, and our progress against various goals. Access more ESG information in our ESG resource hub.

Industry focused sustainability efforts

C.H. Robinson is leading the way forward in logistics and sustainability by addressing customer needs and laying the foundation for the next generation.


SmartWay partner

We have been a long-time partner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay Transport Partnership, which measures and benchmarks freight transportation efficiency.

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Academic research

By working with academic institutions, we help advance the transportation industry’s sustainability efforts as a whole. Our white paper, A Model for Estimating Carbon Emissions from LTL Shipments, is a great example of this collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Emissions IQ | Shipper technology by C.H. Robinson

Customer and supplier sustainability improvements

Efficient supply chains are smart for businesses as well as the environment. As a Smart Freight Centre Accredited Partner, we develop and act on waste reduction plans. From network models to inventory and transportation planning, shippers and carriers can use these plans improve service, lower costs, and reduce their carbon footprint.

Related resources

MIT: State of supply chain sustainability research on an iPad

State of Supply Chain Sustainability 2022 report

Find out how 3,300 supply chain professionals are prioritizing and practicing sustainability at their companies in this new research C.H. Robinson helped sponsor.


Featured partnership with SmartWay

C.H. Robinson has long recognized that sustainability is smart business. It joined SmartWay in 2005 when the partnership was first forming. The partnership with EPA SmartWay supports the company’s commitment to advance sustainability in transportation and logistics.

Smart Freight Centre partners with World Economic Forum and leading companies to develop a book and claim chain of custody system for transportation supply chain emission reduction actions

Smart Freight Centre and World Economic Forum

Along with other leading organizations, C.H. Robinson has supported Smart Freight Centre in partnership with World Economic Forum to develop a framework and accounting guidelines for a book and claim chain of custody system for transportation supply chain emission reduction actions.