I know our long-standing commitment to ESG is a competitive differentiator that helps us better serve our customers, deliver value to our business and stay ahead of what’s next
Staying Ahead of Customer Needs
Long-standing CommitmentA message from our CEO
Since the company’s inception, our forward-looking vision has
us to seek ways that keep us ahead of the evolving supply chain.
Taking the long view, we have built a portfolio of strategically
located assets that meet our customers’ needs and help to solve
their pain points around location, energy and labor. The rise of
e-commerce and demand for shorter delivery times have led
to seek locations closer to end consumers. With increased
interest in automation, we continue to identify and implement
solutions to maximize energy efficiency. As these influences
continue to shape our business strategy, they also continue to
demonstrate the importance of environmental, social and
(ESG) within that strategy.
Our future-focused approach to ESG not only enables us to be resilient in a dynamic world, but also demonstrates leadership across the global business community. This year, we were the top-ranked U.S. company and sixth overall on the 2019 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World list published by Corporate Knights, announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos.
JAMES A. COATS
We are committed to demonstrating alignment on matters such as
climate change, which are important to our customers, employees,
investors and communities. In 2018, we became the first logistics
real estate company with an approved Science Based Target (SBT) to
reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In our innovation center,
Gerard Wealth Labs, we partner with our customers to test
cutting-edge technologies. These new technologies, such as motion
sensors and smart meters, improve the operating efficiency of our
buildings while advancing our progress toward meeting our SBTs.
We are partnering with local workforce development organizations to provide training and job placement to underserved communities, while helping our customers build a talent pipeline in logistics. By bridging our customer needs with community needs through CWI, we generate value, growth and goodwill in communities strategic to our business.
JAMES A. COATS : CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Our Customer-Focused Business Model is Working
- Survey completed in 2017, administered every two years.
- Environmental totals across the portfolio as of December 31, 2018.
- Figures calculated under the Communities section are aggregated from five years of data (2014-2018).