United Biscuits win two logistics industry awards
United Biscuits were the big winners in this year’s Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport Annual Awards for Excellence. United Biscuits were successful in the categories of Safety and Freight Transport Best Practice – the only organisation to win two awards.
The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport has Her Majesty the Queen as its patron and is a professional body representing the transport and logistics industries. The awards recognise organisations and individuals whose performance has been outstanding and who are leaders in their field.
The judges of the Safety award recognised the tremendous progress made by United Biscuits Logistics since embedding a behavioural safety programme in 2006 and subsequently winning the British Safety Council International Safety Award for 7 consecutive years, The judges also remarked on the excellent safety record and the work the Logistics team had done with external organisations in benchmarking and sharing best practice. In winning this award UB finished ahead of two other finalists Asda and DHL (the world’s largest Logistics organisation.)
In the category of Freight Best Practice the judges gave particular praise to the Logistics team’s ‘Fewer and Friendlier Miles’ campaign launched in 2006 which has driven excellent environmental and efficiency savings for the business. The judges were particularly impressed with UB’s industry leading initiatives such as use of waste vegetable oil as an alternative fuel; introduction of longer trailers; transport collaboration with suppliers, customers and competitors; and driver training and development. In winning this award United Biscuits again finished ahead of DHL and also DB Schenker another global logistics business with operations in more than 130 countries.
United Biscuits were also finalists in a third category Environmental Improvement, another significant achievement given Logistics won this award previously in 2009.
The awards clearly demonstrate that UB is at the forefront of safety, sustainability and best practice for the transport industry.