• Forwarding & Shipping
  • Warehousing & Distribution
  • Breakbulk Terminals

Corporate Social Responsibility Report 2019


As a global supply chain solutions provider, Broekman Logistics is part of the logistics industry which plays an important role in making the world more accessible, smaller and closely connected. We have a responsibility towards the environment when it comes to preserving and taking care of our people and planet, whilst maintaining good business results.

Our focus on digitisation and corporate social responsibility becomes truly tangible. Providing transparency in all our efforts with the launch of our second CSR report in a row, enables us to take some significant steps in providing sustainable solutions to our key stakeholders. By offering multimodal transport alternatives, we allow our clients to make their supply chain more efficient and our partnerships more sustainable.

We want our customers, suppliers, partners and other stakeholders to know who they are in business with when they cooperate and collaborate with us. That is why, like in 2018, we have assessed all activities that took place in 2019, in the Netherlands and now included the activities in our Belgian warehouses, according to the internationally renowed Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standard Reference Indicators. 

In 2019, we have relocated our Nijmegen warehouse to our state-of-the-art warehouse in Venlo, doubling our warehouse facilities and hereby decreasing the local CO2 footprint with 63% per square metre. A significant achievement for which we thank all our colleagues who worked on this effort!

Raymond Riemen (CEO) & Diederik Günther (CFO)

From left to right:
dr. J.P. van den Akker (Representative Limburg Province), W. Heylen (Owner Heylen Group), R. Riemen (CEO Broekman Logistics), E. Boom (Councillor Economy, Labour Market and Higher Education at Municipality Venlo)

Our approach

We measure and transparently report on our activities by using an integral Triple-P approach; finding the right balance between the best for People, Planet and Profit. This CSR report covers this integral approach regarding our business activities in the Netherlands and Belgium.

To support us in providing transparent and insightful information about our activities, we again believe the GRI Sustainability Reporting Framework to be the best fit framework for measuring our sustainability performance over 2019.

We contribute to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, a benchmark to assess our sustainability performance in our international offices, being socially responsible and respecting human rights, working conditions and the environment in our business operations. During the year of 2019, we have embedded responsible business conduct into our policies and management systems (step 1 out of 6 in the due diligence process) as well as identified and assesssed adverse impacts in operations and business relationships (step 2 out of 6 in the due diligence process). 

Looking ahead to 2021, we are determined to create an even more global view by measuring the sustainability performance of our offices in India, Poland and Czech Republic. We will be doing this by using the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standard Reference Indicators whilst applying the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises. 

The Ocean Cleanup

The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organisation that develops cleanup methods, which use the natural oceanic forces to rapidly and cost-effectively clean up the plastic already in the oceans and rivers. Broekman Logistics Distriport is located in the Botlek, reaches a total surface of 270.000 m2 and has a 630 metres long quay with a draft of 12,65 metres, part of which is situated in our All-Weather Terminal. This proved to be the ideal location for The Ocean Cleanup’s event.

“When The Ocean Cleanup first contacted us through the Port of Rotterdam, we were very honoured”, says Rob van Dijk, Director Operations Breakbulk Terminals. “This organisation is a worldwide phenomenon.” 

Besides being the perfect location, the request also added to Broekman Logistics’ core value to provide sustainable logistics solutions worldwide. “Hosting this event for The Ocean Cleanup also fits our CSR philosophy”, adds Rutger Bonsel, General Manager Marketing. Taking responsibility for our actions, by creating better and more sustainable ways of doing business”, Bonsel says.


Our most valuable resource

Today’s success and position in international markets whilst fulfilling the needs and wants of our customers would not have been achieved without the right people, leadership and culture. Our employees are our most important asset.

People are at the heart of Broekman Logistics

Broekman Logistics employs a number of 686 people in the Netherlands and Belgium. 74% of the total workforce is working in the operational field (Warehousing & Distribution and Breakbulk Terminals). The total number of employees working at Broekman Logistics is higher compared to 2018, due to the fact that this year our office and warehouses in Belgium are also included in the report.



In 2019, 77% of our employees were male and 23% female. Among the executive and managerial positions within Broekman Logistics 83,71% is male and 16,29% is female. This distribution of employed men and women is reflected throughout all divisions. Additionally, 84% of our total workforce has a full-time contract and equality of remuneration applies throughout our organisation.


At Broekman Logistics we believe that a good working environment, both physically and mentally, leads to happy and healthy employees. How we develop and engage with our people has never been more important. We continue developing skills to ensure the professionalism and employability of our employees, to achieve the best results for our business.

total: 686

total: 68
Warehousing & Distribution
total: 372
Forwarding & Shipping
total: 112
Breakbulk Terminals
total: 134

Distribution of Age and Flow of Personnel

The distribution of age in our workforce is represented per division below. Similar to 2018, the largest group of employees is between 30 and 40 years old. New in 2019, is the second largest group of employees being aged between 50 and 60 years old. This is especially represented in the Warehousing & Distribution division. 

In addition, Broekman Logistics employs older people, mainly represented in the Warehousing & Distribution and Breakbulk Terminals divisions. 


Forwarding & Shipping
Warehousing & Distribution
Breakbulk Terminals

Working at Broekman Logistics

Engaging with, as well as developing our people has never been more important. We demonstrate good employment practices, providing health and safety in the workplace, offering competitive remuneration and applying an equal pay policy for men and women as well as natives and immigrants. We work together by means of a Code of Conduct, covering labour rights, human rights, combating bribery, competition, etc.

To develop the skills of our people both operational and corporate, several certified training courses are offered on site: Company Emergency Response (CER), use of work equipment e.g. forklift training, customs related training and toolbox CLP-pictograms. A two-day logistics training for new warehouse employees is provided at our warehouse location in Antwerp, Belgium. The Broekman Academy organises several courses: Customer Relationship Management, Sales, Management skills, Microsoft Excel and Financial Accounting for Non-financials.

Attracting New Talent

Management Development Traineeship

We attract new talent by offering several programs for graduates to enter the labour market: a Management Development Traineeship and a Professional Traineeship. We also offer a Young Potential Program for young professionals.

Since July 2019, Steven Hansen is a Management Development Trainee at Broekman Logistics. He has been working on a project within the Warehousing & Distribution Division, implementing and engaging new customers as well as optimising processes and systems in our warehouses.

“I experience this traineeship as the perfect possibility to gain knowledge of the logistics sector and implement my skills and knowledge in several projects. I get to work in very entrepreneurial projects which include a large variety of business processes – from sales and operations to finance related aspects – and I’ve been challenged to (further) develop all my skills.”

  • Performance & Development Cycle
  • Young Potential Program, Management Development Traineeship, Professional Traineeship
  • Broekman Academy
  • Mandatory trainings on site, e.g. Company Emergency Response (CER), two-day logistics training for new warehouse employees, (heavy) forklift training, customs related training, etc.

5,77% Absenteeism due to illness

70 Interns

16 apprentices


  • Risk assessment and evaluation
  • 1 or 2 safety officers per location
  • 2 health officers
  • Daily toolbox meetings

3 Incidents

Health and Safety in the workplace

Broekman Logistics ensures a good and safe working environment through safety procedures and processes certified according to ISO9001 and SQAS. We try to minimise absence by illness as well as the number of accidents taking place on our terminals and in our warehouses. In 2019, the absenteeism rate was 5,77% and the number of accidents was 3 (decline compared to 2018).

Each operational location organises daily toolbox meetings and has 1 or 2 health and safety officers (SHEQ) responsible for the Risk Inventory & Evaluation (RI&E). Since 2019, Broekman Logistics works with two company physicians who consult, both preventively and curatively, on a weekly basis.  

...with a Personal Touch

Kurt Weyn experiences the acquisition of the VLS-Group as a step in the right direction when considering efficiency and sustainability in our Broekman Logistics Belgium Antwerp warehouse

In 2019, Broekman Logistics took over the warehousing activities of VLS-Group in the Netherlands and Belgium; implementing Broekman Logistics Belgium Antwerp (BLBA). Kurt is the SSHEQ (Safety, Security, Health, Environment and Quality) manager for Broekman Logistics Belgium Antwerp (BLBA) and Broekman Logistics Europoort (BLE). He is responsible for controlling and maintaining the by law required level of safety, security, health and quality within the two operational locations, which are both suitable for the storage and handling of hazardous goods.

Kurt adds: “Environment, in addition, is one of the aspects within my responsibilities that has become more and more important in the last few years. I see and experience that it is of high importance to be involved with and create insight into the environmental aspects, not only for BLBA and BLE, but throughout the whole organisation.”

The acquisition of VLS-Group by Broekman Logistics has created the desire to create even more sustainable long-term relationships with stakeholders of Broekman Logistics Belgium Antwerp. Kurt mentions: “This includes a long-term vision and investments that will, among others, increase efficiency within our processes and better the impact of our activities on the environment.”

...with a Personal Touch

Jeroen Dusseldorp notes that customers value our state-of-the-art Triple A++ warehouse in Venlo

Jeroen joined Broekman back in 2016 as a Management Development Trainee starting in the Forwarding & Shipping division. During the traineeship he gained experience in forwarding, but soon realised that his interest lied within the Warehousing & Distribution division. Starting as a project manager working on operational projects at our warehouse location in Born and Nijmegen, Jeroen is currently responsible for implementing new customers within the W&D division and optimises internal processes and systems. In 2019, Jeroen was involved in the process of relocating our warehouse locations in Nijmegen and Maastricht to our new warehouse in Venlo.

Relocation of warehouses: a real challenge

“I’ve been involved in the relocation of our warehouses and thereby the stored goods of our customers in Nijmegen and Maastricht. During the preparation phase, we set up an operational action plan for every customer in our warehouses, to provide the best way possible of relocating their goods whilst causing minimal interruption of regular business operations. With a few customers, we agreed upon a longer time period to naturally reduce stocks in Nijmegen and Maastricht and ramp up new stock to our new warehouse in Venlo.”

To reduce the COemission of the relocation, Jeroen and his colleagues created a calculation model. “We created this calculation model to determine which combination of goods fitted best together, hereby optimising the capacity of our trailers. This resulted in a reduction of the number of truck rides and thus CO2 emission.”



...with a Personal Touch

In her final year of college, Shannon Houweling researched the opportunities for Broekman to publish an Integrated Report in the near future

Shannon began her final-year internship at Broekman in the Marketing department in February 2020. “I studied International Business & Management Studies at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences”. Key areas of focus during her studies were Corporate Social Responsibility but also Finance, Marketing and Logistics. Since September 2018 she has been working on a part-time basis in the Finance department of Broekman Logistics. “During my third-year internship I worked in the finance department at Broekman and came in contact with someone from the marketing department who gave me the idea to research concepts such as CSR and Integrated Reporting.”

Educational final-year internship

“During my graduation internship I worked together with Sarah Blok, who carried out the 2018 CSR Report. This year I supported her, where I have been given a lot of responsibility during the project and my opinions regarding CSR were very appreciated and valued. My thesis focused on Integrated Reporting (IR), a possible new principle for Broekman when reporting financial and non-financial data. I see IR as a way of reporting in which the value creation process of Broekman Logistics is communicated to stakeholders with emphasis on short-, medium- and long-term developments. I noticed that the concept of IR is relatively new to the organisation, but is definitely open and willing to research this type of reporting. There is an increasing demand from stakeholders to Broekman Logistics regarding the reporting of financial and non-financial data with the emphasis on sustainable initiatives to be carried out in the future.”

Think Global Act Local

As a global business, we recognise the importance and feel the need to take care of the environment in which we operate. We support local initiatives and collaborate with many stakeholders in the local areas of our offices, terminals and warehouses:

  • We contribute to the DeltaPort donation fund;
  • We donate to the Sophia Children’s Hospital as our end-of-year gifts for customers;
  • We actively support local sports events such as the Harbour Run in Rotterdam, Netherlands;
  • Young Broekman organises a bootcamp for our employees;
  • We are actively associated with the World Port Days organised in Rotterdam;
  • We are a business partner of municipal initiatives in the municipality of Sittard-Geleen (Limburg), Netherlands;
  • We support the Local Sailor House in Eemshaven (Groningen), Netherlands;
  • We try to locally purchase the majority of our resources (fuel, cleaning/ catering/ handyman services, recycling of waste)

At Broekman Logistics Belgium Antwerp, we’ve developed a supplier assessment which has been applied to a small number of primary suppliers of this warehouse location. In 2020, the supplier assessment will be applied to all primary stakeholders.


Energy & Climate

As a logistics service provider, our impact on the environment can be divided into, our business operations on the one hand and business operations of our (logistics, personnel or product) suppliers on the other. 

We hold both, and operate under, an environmental- and an energy policy, which are annually evaluated during the ISO9001 and ISO14001 audits. 

In 2019, we initiated a number of energy-saving initiatives to reduce the impact of our activities on the environment:

  • Relocation to warehouse Venlo (Triple A++ energy label), increasing (energy) efficiency and reducing CO₂ emission with 63% per m2
  • Cut down the speed of our heavy-lift reachstackers above 10 tons at Broekman Distriport (BDP), which resulted in a 23,2% CO₂ reduction
  • Control of hours and use regarding the gas-fired heaters at Broekman Logistics Limburg, resulted in 48,8% CO₂ reduction
  • Relocation to new office with LED lightning at Broekman Eemshaven Services (BES)

Significant CO₂ reduction in the Warehousing & Distribution division

Relocation to our Triple A++ warehouse in Venlo

The relocation of our warehouses in Nijmegen and Maastricht to a new state-of-the-art warehouse in Venlo has resulted in a safer and healthier workplace for our employees, more efficient processes and a reduction in CO₂-emission. In fact, our Venlo warehouse is approximately 2.3 times larger (63.578m2) than our Nijmegen and Maastricht warehouses were combined. 

The total amount of CO₂ that is reduced by the relocation of our warehouses to Venlo is 137,1tons, a reduction of 63%. We now emit 16,5kg CO₂ per square metre (m2) compared to 44kg in 2018. 

The warehouse is built to the latest technology and state-of-the-art facilities. This, among others, includes LED lightning, use of a heatpump, insulation, a sprinkler installation, etc. "The relocation of our warehouses allows our clients to make their supply chain more efficient and makes our partnership with our clients more sustainable", adds Raymond Riemen, our CEO.

CO2-footprint per m2
(Y: BLN 27.000m2) (B: BLV 63.578m2)
Total CO₂ CO₂ per m2

Our CO₂ footprint in 2019

Our CO₂ footprint is classified into scope 1 and 2 as determined by the Foundation for Climate Friendly Procurement and Business (SKAO). Compared to 2018, we have created better and more insight into our CO₂ footprint by using more accurate information and expanding our scope of activities, adding several warehouses within Broekman Logistics Limburg (BLL) and Broekman Logistics Belgium Antwerp (BLBA). 

Broekman Logistics' total footprint reduced from 8.245 to 8.040 tons of CO₂ in 2019, a 2% reduction compared to 2018. 


Scope 1 and 2 (tons CO₂)
total: 8.040

CO₂ footprint

A detailed analysis

Considering our total CO₂ footprint, we notice that electricity consumption and operating assets form the main causes of our negative CO₂ impact. Compared to 2018, the consumption of diesel for operational assets has significantly decreased. This result was achieved by reducing the speed of our heavy operational assets at our Broekman Distriport terminal. 


total: 8.040

total: 602
Forwarding & Shipping
total: 197
Warehousing & Distribution
total: 3.593
Breakbulk Terminals
total: 3.648

Significant CO₂ reduction of operational assets

Reducing the speed of heavy operational assets at Broekman Distriport

At Broekman Distriport, a reduction of 23.2% in diesel fuel consumption has been achieved in 2019 compared to 2018, representing a saving of approximately 123.000 litres of diesel. This reduction has taken place due to changes in the maximum speed of heavy operational assets (reachstackers, terminal tractors and heavy forklift trucks) from 19km/h to 15km/h. In 2019, the CO2 emission of all operational assets at BDP was 1321.8 tons, down from 1720.5 tons in 2018. Besides the change of the maximum speed, awareness was raised on the terminal to avoid unnecessary use of the engine and redesign of the operational process reduced the need for internal transport.

Fuel Consumption at BDP
Litres of diesel CO2-emission


Global Reach with a Personal Touch

As a full logistics service provider we take care of everything that comes with global transportation, ranging from raw materials to finished goods. We always aim to shorten value chains and continuously unburden our customers in terms of transportation and the flow of documents. To this means, we apply international recognised standards: ISO 14001 / ISO 9001 / AEO / FONASBA / IATA / ISPS / SQAS and SKAL.

Our services consist of:

  • Forwarding & Shipping: Forwarding providing freight forwarding services including value added services such as organising the flow of documents (customs/VAT) and Shipping represents more than 10 liner services offering worldwide ocean transport;
  • Warehousing & Distribution: carrying out inbound & outbound distribution, import and export as well as value added logistics such as packaging, labelling and assembling of products;
  • Breakbulk Terminals: handling, storage and packaging of breakbulk cargo as well as providing solutions in markets that require complex logistics. For instance, parts of wind turbines.

2019 in a Nutshell

Investing in a sustainable future

In 2019, we celebrated various successes and hosted several events for our customers and suppliers:

Our Stakeholders

Sustainable Collaborations in the Chain

Broekman Logistics collaborates with stakeholders in the marketplace as well as the community to ensure a responsible and more importantly a sustainable business. We have a wide variety of stakeholders ranging from our employees to customers to government institutions. Strong relationships with our suppliers are essential in order to create sustainable value. Engagement is key in relationships with stakeholders and therefore we organise well established and comprehensive processes to stay focused and understand exactly what is needed within the relationship.

Our Customers

Safic-Alcan Necarbo

2019 marks the year where Safic-Alcan Necarbo, celebrated 50 years of partnership. The distributor of raw materials for the coating and plastics industry, and water treatment grew significantly over the past 50 years, and so did the relationship between both parties. According to Stefan Groskamp, Logistics Manager at Safic-Alcan Necarbo, there are multiple benefits to a long-lasting relationship with Broekman Logistics. "We know their employees, and the employees know our products, principals and customers". 

Safic-Alcan Necarbo is one of the customers that made the move from the warehousing location in Nijmegen, to the new state-of-the-art warehouse in Venlo, in 2019. The move towards Venlo allows for the partnership to expand even further, as a result from the new techonologies and improvements at the hypermodern facility. 

Willem-Jan van Amersfoort, Managing Director Warehousing & Distribution concludes: "Our partnership with Safic-Alcan Necarbo is growing stronger every year. Our growth stratetegy being in line with our customers' growth strategy, is one of our key focus points, we strive for sustainable, long-lasting partnerships, of which Safic-Alcan Necarbo is a perfect example".




Our Customers


The initial business challenge for BASF Antwerp was to find a suitable and sustainable partner in the Port of Antwerp, to provide them with the right logistics solution. Broekman Logistics and BASF rely on a long-term relationship as business partners, already operating together for more than 10 years. The relationship shifted into the next gear, when both parties chose to invest in a brand-new state-of-the-art bagging line. For BASF, quality and capacity increase are key focus points for the modernisation of the bagging line which resulted in a significant increase in capacity; from 400 to 800 bags of ammonium sulfate per hour.

Ronald Reypens, Key Account Manager Broekman Logistics says “Our relationships is built on three main pillars; mutual trust, reliability and sustainability. All three combined with the personal touch”. 

Besides the increase in capacity, the machine is equipped with a dust extraction system by suction, in a closed circuit, significantly improving the quality of air and the safety for the workforce. The latter seemlesly connects to both parties' intense focus on safety and compliance. 

"I strongly believe that the most important element is a good collaboration between people" concludes Stefan Ruwisch, from BASF Antwerp. 


Our Suppliers


Broekman Logistics made great efforts in digitising its breakbulk terminals in 2019 using the Mendix App. At the fully digitised Broekman Distriport terminal, every cargo is literally tracked from minute to minute. ‘What Domino’s can do with the pizza tracker, we can do with our cargo.’

Broekman Logistics records the process at the terminal from minute to minute. That is a unique development, explains Rob van Dijk, Director of Operations at Broekman Distriport. “It sounds simple, but digitisation has never been implemented in breakbulk to this degree before. It offers a lot of advantages, and it provides insight into the entire supply chain. We literally follow everything in real time, and that gives clients the option of having real-time insight as well.” 

On a special dashboard, our clients can follow their cargo, into detail in real-time, strengthening mutual trust in the relationship but also adding to transparency which is very important to both us, and our partners.  

Our Suppliers

Leasing companies vehicle fleet

In 2019, Broekman Logistics and their leasing companies cooperated to develop a new lease agreement for its passenger vehicle fleet. Advances in energy-efficient vehicles – hybrid and electric – paved the way for a lease agreement that integrates sustainability within our passenger vehicle fleet. "We can now offer our employees energy-efficient cars due to the new standard", says Marlous van der Mee, General Manager Human Resources.

“We introduced our new lease agreement to encourage and stimulate our employees to make economic and environmental-wise choices and create the possibility to drive electric.”  

The lease agreement makes energy saving vehicles, which consume less fuel, even more attractive to our employees.

Information about this CSR report


Commitment GRI
This CSR report is based on the latest generation guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). These guidelines have been applied at the SRS referenced level. The report was reviewed by the organisation itself. 

Scope of the report
This report concerns the activities of Broekman Logitics in the year 2019, for the Dutch and Belgian sites that were under its control throughout the entire year 2019. During the reporting year, no significant changes took place regarding the structure or ownership of the organisation. Regarding the size, we've relocated our warehouses in Nijmegen and Maastricht to a new logistics campus in Venlo, the Netherlands and added the activities of our warehouse in Antwerp, Belgium to the scope.

It is our intention to present a CSR report on annual frequency and to expand the scope to all global activities.

If you would like to review our CSR report for 2018, it is available here.

For questions about this report contact the project manager of the CSR project group within Broekman Logistics; Chris van der Tuin, Director Group Controlling.

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