Quebec City – QSL, an enterprise specialized in port terminal operations, stevedoring, marine services, logistics and transportation throughout North America, is proud to have participated in the United Nations Global Compact-Accenture CEO Study on Sustainability. The Quebec City-based company, through its President and CEO Robert Bellisle, shared its perspectives on the imperative of a business model based on sustainability.
The latest UN Global Compact/Accenture Sustainability Study, released on January 17 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, presents the perspectives, and call to action of business leaders from 128 countries and 18 sectors. They state that they see the integration of sustainability into their business models as the foundation for protection against instability. Sustainable business models and strategies are not only a climate imperative, but also the foundation for security, growth and resilience.
Climate change, inflation and price volatility, pandemics, armed conflict, labor shortages. The number of challenges now facing business leaders is growing.
« Integrating sustainability and the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, to which we are a signatory, into our business model enables us in many ways to address the challenges posed by instability,” said Mr. Bellisle. “For example, institutional investors and other stakeholders are now asking for reporting across the entire value chain. This wider reporting footprint is changing how we operate and view our business. Our sustainability commitments position us well in this regard. I am proud to have participated in this new study and to have contributed to charting a course for a more resilient and competitive future in order to achieve the United Nations’ sustainable development goals. »
Over the years, QSL’s commitment has been translated into concrete actions in a number of ways: Green Marine certification for all of its terminals, implementation of complete water treatment systems and extensive network of electric conveyors, local sourcing and production of equipment, adoption of a circular economy philosophy and approach, implementation of telemetry throughout its fleet of equipment, elimination of single-use water bottles, and ongoing implementation of an ISO 14001 (environment) and ISO 45001 (worker health and safety) management system. In addition, in 2021, QSL became the first company in the Canadian marine industry to join the United Nations Global Compact, demonstrating that sustainable development is part of QSL’s DNA and is at the heart of its vision: to become the North American industry leader.
(QSL photo of Robert Bellisle)