TNT Express, a leading global business-to-business express delivery company, has partnered with the Johannesburg City Parks and the Gauteng Provincial Government in a bid to offset its local carbon emissions. The partnership comes as part of TNT’s “Planet Me’ initiative that aims to reduce CO2 emissions resulting from the company’s operational activities.
To commemorate this first-of-its-kind public/private-partnership, the three entities joined together to plant trees along the Albertina Sisulu highway near Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo Airport. “Our collaboration with the Johannesburg City Parks was born from the need for TNT to plant with a purpose.
This particular location was chosen because it is in the heart of Johannesburg’s industrial district. It is also close to the airport where a large amount of CO2 is emitted on a daily basis,’ says Mary Mashiane, corporate responsibility manager of TNT Express, South Africa.
Mashiane says that as a transport company, TNT acknowledges that it partially contributes to the problem of CO2 being emitted into the earth’s atmosphere.”Through the “Planet Me’ Choose Orange program, we have not only demonstrated our ongoing commitment to caring for the environment but have also implemented various programs to address our environmental impact.
“TNT’s mission states that the company seeks to share responsibility for the world in which it operates, and hence we view the tree planting as a step in the right direction,’ she says. Headquartered in the Netherlands, TNT serves more than 200 countries and employs about 160 000 people. Over 2009, TNT reported â‚¬10.4 billion (R99.2-billion) in revenues and an operating income of â‚¬648 million (R6.18-billion).