Our Approach to Sustainability

Mainfreight’s 100-year vision, established in its earliest days, has been a guiding principle in our commitment to sustainability. All decisions are made on the basis that we will be here for another 100 years, and are aligned with the key concepts of sustainability; investing in our people and communities, reducing the environmental impact of our activities, supporting our customer, supplier and stakeholder relationships, and developing our growth strategies.

Our People

  • Team Health and Wellness programs
  • Ensuring living wages for entry level roles
  • Team leadership development with our own Outward Bound and Main Divide programs
  • Tertiary scholarships for family of Mainfreight team members

Our Community

Our Place

  • Major solar installations on sites across New Zealand, Australia and Europe totalling over 5,500 kWp
  • Modern fleet (all <10 years old) predominantly Euro 5 and 6 vehicles
  • Major infrastructure investment in rail capacity with rail sided sites across our network.
  • Rain water capture and storage at all major sites
  • Grey water recycling at all major sites for truck wash, sprinkler systems etc
  • Repurposing waste like pallets (into furniture or stowage aids)
  • Waste exchange agreements to redirect waste from landfill for shrink-wrap and polystyrene
  • Hungry bins, on site composting and branch gardens
  • Small vehicle fleet (team cars) moving towards hybrid and electric along with onsite charging stations
  • High proportion of electric forklifts and material handling equipment
  • Progressing trials and explorations of electric truck opportunities across all regions

Our Economy

  • Youth work skills training programme 
  • Increasing rail capability and capacity to reduce road congestion and heavy traffic
  • Developing our own inland container port to reduce inner-city congestion at Port of Auckland

Some of our operational programs and initiatives around sustainability include:

  • Preparing our Annual Report with Reference to the GRI Standards. You can download our report from our Reports Library 
  • Verifying our GHG Emissions Inventory to ISO 14064-1: 2018 by Toitu Envirocare. You can see our  previous emissions reports in our Reports Library  
  • Mainfreight are a Smart Freight Centre Member. We support and follow their framework to measuring supply chain emissions
  • We continue to develop our GHG emissions reporting tools for customers. We can provide an accurate inventory of their supply chain emissions, from local deliveries through to international shipments
  • Mainfreight have our own domestic emission factors in New Zealand, peer reviewed by Toitu Envirocare
Mainfreight Sustainability Report 2024

Mainfreight Sustainability Report 2024

Annual Report 2024

Annual Report 2024

Mainfreight is pleased to provide our 2024 Annual Report for your interest

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all


Our Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Our Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We welcome the opportunity to present our global emissions inventories. With this disclosure to ISO 14064-1 :2018, Mainfreight intends to demonstrate best practice in emissions reporting and reinforce its commitment to better understanding and, ultimately, improving our operational carbon emissions performance. Our inventories are independently verified by Toitū Envirocare and follow the six categories structure of the new standard rather than the closely aligned Scopes 1-3. A significant feature of this carbon disclosure is the inclusion of emissions on the basis of operational control (not financial control). It is our belief that if we can exercise reasonable influence over an emissions source then we must include it. As a result we incorporate emissions from vehicles operated by owner drivers and agents, rail providers, shipping lines and airlines that support our service offering to customers. For full details and wider explanation of our emissions inventories, please refer to our Greenhouse Gas Inventory Reports in the below:
Mainfreight Sustainability Policy

Mainfreight Sustainability Policy

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