Logistics firm Packfleet’s all-electric van fleet has been B Corp certified.
The certification, issued by B Lab, is awarded to businesses that meet high social and environmental standards. To achieve the certification, Packfleet scored 80 or above in a rigorous B Impact Assessment.
The company already powers its fleet of all-electric vans with 100% renewable energy. It uses smart proprietary routing software, known as Pathfinder, which enables couriers to pick up recyclable packaging from customers on their routes. The vans are wrapped in an aquamarine blue, reducing fading and therefore the need to renew the wrap; they will soon sport the B Corp logo. A tree is planted for every parcel delivered.
Packfleet employs drivers as staff and offers them private health insurance, customer-service-based bonuses, free lunches and regular staff social events. According to the company, rather than relying on the gig economy, the fully employed drivers are paid 30% more than the industry average and receive benefits including enhanced paid parental leave.
Tristan Thomas, CEO and co-founder of Packfleet, commented, “To be B Corp certified is a big deal for us and it’s so important to recognize and thank the customers and merchants that made it possible. We set out with a mission to make sure every single Packfleet delivery improves our planet and we’re achieving that. To be recognized alongside other B Corp companies laser-focused on being better is fantastic. It’s proof that we’re one of the greenest delivery companies out there. But it’s not just the deliveries – B Corp certification also recognizes the work we do to make sure our people get the benefits and support they need to thrive at work and outside of it. We refuse to take advantage of gig economy workers to deliver parcels – there’s a better way to do deliveries, and that’s exactly what we’re doing. B Corp is just the start for us: we have our eyes set on expanding carbon-neutral deliveries beyond the M25 and helping form a truly circular delivery system fit for the future.”
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