Transportation Safety & Logistics
Safe transportation of goods is very important for us. We use a uniform process to select logistics service providers for transportation. We also regularly review their performance. In keeping with our understanding of sustainability, that includes evaluating the Responsible Care® performance
of all transportation providers. Our aim is to minimize risk at all stages, from loading through transportation to unloading.
The standards we set for the transportation of dangerous goods are even higher than the national and international regulations. In order to be registered by our logistics procurement unit for transportation, all logistics service providers have to recognize our requirements. These specify that, as well as ensuring safety, the transportation of goods
must be ecologically sustainable, and the provider must meet its social responsibility and comply with all statutory provisions. Further, we have defined minimum requirements for customers who collect goods themselves or use their own logistics service providers.
Regular training of employees to raise awareness of hazardous goods and help them meet statutory requirements in the transportation of such goods is essential and forms an integral part of Evonik’s safety culture.
Securing loads correctly is another important aspect. This covers both the operational process of physically securing
loads and developing a strategy to harmonize and standardize the procedure for securing loads and the equipment required.
Our experts analyze the transportation risks of products with elevated risk potential to identify and evaluate safety and environmental risks and introduce measures to minimize them.
Sustainability in transportation and logistics
The principal ecological impact of the transportation of goods is the use of fossil fuels. We therefore keep a close eye on protecting the climate and the environment in the transportation of goods. In collaboration with Procurement, our operational logistics staff regularly examine ways of reducing the number of road shipments by optimizing capacity and
using multimodal shipment by rail, inland waterway or ocean freight. This also reduces the impact on communities around
our sites, for example, as a result of noise, exhaust fumes and vibrations. Another example of the measures to enhance sustainability is aligning the size of ships used to transport gaseous chemicals to demand.