Our approach.

At Qube, through the adoption and promotion of sound environmental, social, governance (ESG) practices, we aim to be the company of choice in creating value for workers, shareholders, business partners, customers, suppliers and the communities in which we operate.

We do this by:

  • Managing day-to-day operations in a manner that seeks to prevent or otherwise minimise any harmful impact on the environment.
  • Complying with all applicable environmental legislation, regulation and licensing conditions.
  • Continually assessing environment, social and community impact risks and opportunities through implementing and maintaining SHEMS that is based on risk management principles and conform with or exceed AS/NZS ISO 14001.
  • Promoting leadership in environmental protection through employee training and support for third-party educational and training initiatives.
  • Communicating proactively, promptly and transparently with all stakeholders, the community, media and government on environmental issues.
  • Developing and implementing initiatives to build and foster Qube’s reputation as a responsible corporate citizen. This includes:
    • Incorporating environmental and energy conservation considerations into our business decision-making processes.
    • Implementing and promoting new environmentally sustainable technologies and practices that focus on the efficient use of resources and energy.
  • Respecting the communities in and through which we operate, including their values and cultural heritage, and taking them into account when carrying out our operations.
  • Developing business, community and political relationships with like-minded partners to foster a culture of environmentally sustainable growth and development.

Proactively managing psychosocial risks and hazards.

Psychosocial hazards and risks are triggered by the design, management, environment, plant or interactions at work, that may increase the risk of work-related stress, which can then lead to psychological or physical harm.

This is an area of increasing regulatory and legislative focus and Qube understands the role a supportive workplace plays in achieving positive health outcomes for employees and our responsibility to proactively manage psychosocial risks and hazards.

We focus both on what we do within our own business, underpinned by our Thrive program, and what we can do within the industries in which we operate, including as a founding member of Healthy Heads in Trucks and Sheds (HHTS).

In FY23, we engaged the services of a leading expert in workplace mental health to assist us in developing a roadmap to address psychosocial risks across the business, tailored to our unique operating environment.

The roadmap and approach consist of:

  1. C-suite education and engagement
  2. Executive sponsorship (Safety, Health and Sustainability Executive Committee)
  3. Risk assessment and system enhancement
  4. Resourcing
  5. Consultation
  6. Psychosocial Risk Education.

People.

We believe we all deserve to be our best. Whoever we are, wherever we’re from or whatever we believe in, we all matter. A diverse team is a better team.

We also believe in nurturing a workplace where our wellbeing and mental health is as important as our physical safety. A workplace where all of us can achieve our full potential. Good wellbeing supports who we are, as individuals, and as a team. Good wellbeing sets us up for success.

We are determined to attract the industry’s best talent and to provide career pathways and development opportunities for our people.

We are always looking for ways to strengthen our employee value proposition, to attract and retain the best talent and to actively address diversity and inclusion in our workplaces.

Employee experience and culture.

Our wellbeing program, Thrive, focuses on our three core values of Integrity, Reliability and Inclusion and our priority focus areas of Safety, Wellbeing, Planet, Opportunity and Performance.

We established a Culture Reference Group (CRG), comprised of representatives from across the Group at different levels and with a mix of operational, administrative and corporate support roles.

The CRG works to embed our Thrive program across the business and help generate employee engagement and enthusiasm.

The CRG helps bring real-life stories of what these values look like in action at Qube, helping to ensure our communication materials are authentic and resonate with the target audience.

The CRG will also provide feedback on what’s working, and what’s not working and suggestions on what we could do better.

The Thrive Awards (AKA “The Qubies”)

As we seek to bring our values to life and celebrate these behaviours in action, in 2023 we launched our inaugural Qube Thrive Awards – “The Qubies”.

The Qubies are open to people from all roles, all sites and all levels in our business recognising, celebrating and rewarding the teammates who live and breathe our values.

The awards celebration also includes the Qube Innovation Award, to recognise an individual or team whose ideas or ingenuity has led to an innovation that unlocks value for Qube and our customers.

The JA Scholarship honours the memory of long-standing Qube employee, John Allen, who passed away in December 2022. This award recognises an outstanding employee who displays the kind of entrepreneurial and innovative thinking that saw JA become a true leader in our industry.

The Qubies are held annually and are open to everyone who has worked at Qube for one year or longer.

Qube Cadet program.

The cadet program is a 12-month structured opportunity where cadets undertake two rotations within the business and gain experience across the Qube Group.

It is embedded in our strategic talent and capability development strategy.

In FY23, eight cadets from New South Wales and one cadet from Western Australia worked through their Certificate III in Supply Chain Operations, demonstrating the value of the program in bringing young people and new entrants into our industry.

Across Qube, other cadets continued their employment and, in many cases, moved into permanent careers within the business.

We are now exploring opportunities to expand the cadetship program across the business.

Related content.

Read our news and stories about the wellbeing of our people.

no posts found

Planet.

At Qube, we believe we all have a responsibility to take care of the planet that sustains us all.
Our industry is facing big challenges, from how we power ourselves, to the footprint we leave.
We have already set ourselves an ambitious decarbonisation plan, with an aspirational goal to reduce our Scope 1 Emissions intensity to zero by 2050. We’re in it for the long haul.
It’s something we need to achieve – for us, and those who come after us.

Our environment.

Consistent with our commitment to taking care of the planet that sustains us all, we aim to protect the environment in which we work and to minimise our operational impacts

As part of our Health, Safety, and Sustainability management system, we have implemented environmental standards, practices and procedures to identify and manage our material environmental risks.

We conduct regular audits to review our environmental compliance with applicable legislation and standards.

All of our major Qube Ports and Bulk facilities are now compliant with ISO14001 environmental standards and work is underway to achieve certifications for the remainder of our Ports, Bulk and Logistics sites.

Waste.

We recognise the importance of responsible waste management in minimising our environmental impact.

We are committed to implementing effective waste management practices throughout our operations and in our supply chain.

We currently have a range of initiatives in place to improve data collection as to the quantity and type of waste generated across our operations and to implement effective strategies for waste reduction, recycling, education and awareness.

We expect that improved data collection will also enable some consolidation of waste management services and allow for more meaningful engagement with our suppliers to promote sustainable waste management practices throughout the supply chain.

We currently collect operational waste data for four different waste streams to measure the effectiveness of waste minimisation initiatives, monitor trends, provide visibility and identify further improvement opportunities.

Building resilience in a changing global environment.

Extreme weather and unpredictable economic and geopolitical shocks may significantly challenge Qube’s future prosperity. Managing these risks involves costs; but they also unlock opportunities to adapt and create value for our customers.

We understand the critical role that climate change plays in shaping the future of our industry.

As an organisation committed to strengthening our sustainability, we recognise the importance of disclosing climate-related risks and opportunities to our stakeholders.

We embrace the recommendation of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and we are taking steps to manage our climate-related risks across the governance, risk management and strategy and create value and build resilience of our supply chain.

Metrics and targets.

We have set a target to reduce our Scope 1 emissions intensity by 50 per cent by 2030 (compared to FY18 baseline) and have an aspirational goal to reduce our Scope 1 Emissions intensity to zero by 2050.

For our Scope 2 we have a goal to power our facilities by 100 per cent renewable electricity by 2030.

We are committed to reducing our emissions for our Scope 1 and 2, however our progress will be dependent on the emergence of technologies and availability of alternative energy supplies and at commercial pricing.

Read more


We address our Scope 1 direct emissions from owned or controlled assets, primarily from fuel in our vehicles (trucks and locomotives) by:

  1. Transitioning 95 per cent of our fleet to Euro 5,6 standards by 2027.
  2. Converting 50 per cent of our Light vehicle fleet to hybrid or electric by 2027 and 70 per cent by 2030.
  3. Continuing to electrify our small mobile assets (cranes, forklifts, container handlers etc). We have currently transitioned 61 of our small yellow assets to battery operated.
  4. Identifying opportunities to trial alternative fuels such as bio-fuel, hydrogen and electrification of fleet where it’s commercially viable.
  5. Improve productivity and efficiency by encouraging modal shift and through innovations to carry more load such as container double stacking, trailer combinations and route optimisation.

We address our Scope 2 indirect emissions from purchased electricity across our premises by:

  1. Continuing to rollout rooftop solar on our facilities. Currently 15 sites are being evaluated.
  2. Continuing to rollout LED upgrade initiatives. A majority of Qube owned sites now have LEDs.
  3. Evaluating renewable Power Purchasing Agreement (PPA) opportunities on both east and west coasts.

Related content.

Read our news and stories about sustainability at Qube.

no posts found

Resources.

15/12/23
2023 Modern Slavery Statement
pdf
01/11/23
Safety Health and Sustainability Policy
pdf
24/08/23
Qube Holdings – Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
pdf
24/08/23
Sustainability Report – 2023
pdf
18/03/21
Human Rights Policy
pdf