ESG - Link

Purpose built, from the ground up.

We believe that good business and doing good must be synonymous. To that end, Link is wholeheartedly committed to leading with its values to advance Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) initiatives inside and outside our organization. And while it gives us an extraordinary opportunity to make a difference, at its heart ESG is simply good business.

A message from our CEO,
Luke J. Petherbridge.

Dear Fellow Stakeholders, 
I am excited to share Link’s inaugural annual report focused on the company’s ESG initiatives. As you will see in the pages that follow, we view ESG as foundational to who we are as a firm, how our teams work together and all that we are building. At Link, we are focused on improving the markets and communities where we conduct business. 

Link's 2020 ESG Report.

We are building ESG into everything we do. To further our commitment to transparency, we are pleased to share Link’s first ESG report.

“We’re not interested in business as usual — we are building Link on disruption and sustainable innovation.”

Sam Stockdale

Vice President, Environmental Sustainability

Environmental

Accelerated efforts toward a sustainable future.
Link leverages our scale to set ambitious environmental goals. As the largest last-mile logistics provider in the U.S., we recognize that our reach extends far beyond our warehouses. We want to use our position, ideas and influence to design solutions, invite dialogue and drive progress in the industry. In addition to prioritizing our own energy efficiency, we invest in innovative partnerships and pursue bold initiatives to facilitate our customers’ transitions into a low-carbon economy, address climate change, invite dialogue and drive progress in the industry.

Carbon neutral operations by 2025.

100%

of operations powered by renewable energy sources by 2024

100%

of new developments to be LEED Certified

100%

LED or high-efficiency lighting by 2025

100%

of properties benchmarked via U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®

300

megawatts of solar energy installed by 2025

Social

Investing in our collective health and well-being.
We promote a culture of care that puts people’s health and well-being at the center of everything we do — across our teams and in the communities where we work and live. These commitments align with who we are and how we do business.

People powered.

Every day our talented people demonstrate their dedication, commitment and resilience to our clients and stakeholders. Link endeavors to empower them by creating a healthy, diverse and equitable environment, and providing the support and resources they need to feel valued and do their best work.

Sustainable Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).

DEI is foundational for the health of our people and organization. We aim to create a diverse culture where every voice is valued and to foster a sense of belonging and connectedness for every employee. To help us achieve this, we formed a grassroots DEI Committee. With their guidance, Link officially launched its DEI Program in 2021 — focusing on recruitment, our culture and community impact. By taking the time to examine DEI through the right lens, we are creating sustainable, impactful DEI initiatives that align with the greater good.

Empowering women to ASCEND.

We created the ASCEND women’s empowerment network in 2021 to support women at Link through mentorship, community and educational events. Link provides ongoing support, inspiration and opportunities to connect, share, learn and lead.

Caring for communities.

One of our core values is giving back to our customers and communities. We believe it is our responsibility to respond to the needs and priorities of our customers and communities at the local level in order to positively impact their quality of life.

Sharing space for social impact.

To support mission-driven groups, Link donates safe and secure short-term warehouse space. We invite charities, nonprofits and philanthropic organizations across the country to utilize our warehouse space to aid in the critical work they do.

Volunteer support.

Through initiatives like CoreGiving Day, we combine our passion and resources to make a difference. We provide eight hours of paid volunteer time for every employee each year and in 2021, 400+ Link team members volunteered to support CoreGiving’s mission to fight childhood hunger.

Governance

Now, not later.
At Link, our governance is rooted in accountability and transparency. In collaboration with Link’s Board of Directors, we create clearly defined goals and commitments that help us maintain the highest level of ethics and integrity, make informed decisions, and appropriately monitor performance and compliance.

Ethics guidelines.

Link customers, suppliers and other stakeholders rely on us to operate with the utmost integrity. The tools we use to help steer our actions and bring our values to life include:
  • Code of ethics and conduct
  • Acquisitions due diligence process
  • Compliance manual
  • Supplier code of conduct

Commitments.

  • Quarterly sustainability committee meetings
  • Annual reporting through GRESB, CDP and TCFD
  • Alignment with GRI

Recognition and partnerships

RE100 logo
GLL Gold Logo
ESP logo

Contact

Sam Stockdale

Vice President, Environmental Sustainability

sstockdale@linklogistics.com
+1 212-297-1036
Keara Fanning

Senior Director, Environmental Sustainability

kfanning@linklogistics.com
+1 312-466-3400
Thulasi Ram Khamma, Ph.D

Director, Energy Data & Analytics

trkhamma@linklogistics.com
+1 212-297-1069