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At Luís Simões we want to go beyond...
to where the future lies!
This is the motto that guides us and gives us strength to go about our ambition to become an Iberian reference in terms of quality of service in the transportation and logistics sector. It is a Group 100% family-based, held by the Luís Simões family, that encompasses 10 companies and a variety of services, with the core business being the transportation and logistics sector with 95% of turnover.
The governance model is generally based upon the Board of Directors (BoD), composed of 7 directors, six of whom are members of the LS family, and of the Executive Commissions (EC) which are created by business unit and corporate unit.
LS SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY
MAIN SECTORS OF ACTIVITY
Health & Personal Care
Paper, Pulp & Packaging
TYPES OF SERVICE
Guadalajara – Puerta Centro - Ciudad del Transporte
The year of 2019 marks a milestone in the history of Luís Simões with the opening of the state-of-the-art Logistics Operations Centre located in the Puerta Centro Polygon, in Guadalajara. The investment, ambition and commitment of LS with the Spanish market is therefore reinforced. It is a centre designed with sustainability parameters, in a location of strategic importance to the logistics and industrial sector in Spain, composed of 3 buildings.
The Guadalajara Centre – Puerta Centro of Madrid reflects the manner in which LS lives sustainability at the value chain, integrating the clients’ needs with the suppliers’ technical capacity into a partnership format that is one of our trademarks.
“Maximum storage, sustainability and high-end technology capacity.”SENTENCES FROM THIS PROJECT WORTH HIGHLIGHTING:
“Stakeholder engagement”SENTENCES FROM THIS PROJECT WORTH HIGHLIGHTING:
“Planning and Team Work were the watchwords of this project!”SENTENCES FROM THIS PROJECT WORTH HIGHLIGHTING:
Sustainability is achieved by attaining efficiency and productivity, designing the warehouse with Sustainable construction (LEED), achieving energy efficiency at equipment level and hiring and prior formation of workers.
THE SUSTAINABILITY OF THIS PROJECT IS BUILT ON DAY-BY-DAY WITH THE TEAMS, AND ITS ADVANTAGES ARE DIFFERENTIATING FACTORS:
QUALITY OF SERVICE
Quality is one of the main priorities and differentiating factors of Luís Simões, with the permanent follow-up of this policy’s implementation being a part of the group strategy, assessing the levels of service provided and customer satisfaction, as well as results of the internal and external audits, always with a focus on an ongoing improvement in the moment of serving the client.
Based on its values and strategy, LS has the main operations centres certified by the Quality (ISO 9001) and Environment (ISO 14001) standards, among other more specific standards, in accordance with the clients’ requirements. The year of 2019 saw the performance of 61 audits, of which 54% were internal audits, 30% audits by clients and 16% external audits from certifying entities.
CURRENT PORTFOLIO OF LUÍS SIMÕES CERTIFICATIONS
In the context of supply chain, the Transportation subcontracting area is the most important link in our value chain.
We ensure the necessary conditions so that the Carriers we work with fulfil the principles defined in the Letter of Commitment to the Subcontracting of Transportation Services, thus safeguarding the quality of service, the sharing of vision and the ethic management of LS, as well as Luís Simões’ integrity towards its clients.
At Luís Simões, innovation is regarded as an essential condition for survival. Only investigating and developing new processes and new services will we be able to anticipate the clients’ needs and gain a competitive edge.
Energy efficiency is one of the strategic pillars of sustainability at Luís Simões. Since 2007 the group has been developing its sustainability strategy, assuming an unquestionable commitment in finding efficient solutions that reduce the direct impact of its operations on the Environment and contribute to the reduction of emissions – Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13.
Such strategy saw the implementation of the project of inventory and recognition of the Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GEE) of all companies of the Luís Simões group (direct and indirect sources – scopes 1 and 2), with external checking and considering the year of 2017, in order to achieve the management of emissions in a more environmental-conscious manner. A plan of initiatives is identified on an annual basis with a view to the reduction of Tonnes of CO2 , costs savings, reduction of diesel and electric power consumption at the logistics warehouses.
Currently, LS has a fleet with an average age of 2.5 years, much lower than the average of the sector, and with 98% of its vehicles equipped with Euro V and Euro VI engines (in 2008 only 33% were equipped with Euro V engines), more efficient in all regards.
Combinando la inversión en renovación periódica de la flota a la formación en conducción ecológica, desde el año base de referencia (2007), ya se ha alcanzado una reducción del 21,9 % de las emisiones GEI y el 19 % del consumo específico (gep/vk – gramos equivalentes petróleo/vehículo por kilómetro realizado).
LOGISTICS - FOCUS ON THE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AT WAREHOUSES
The Cabanillas LOC and the Guadalajara LOC were built based on criteria related to sustainability and reduction of the impact on natural resources, which granted them a LEED Sustainable Building International Certification (USGBC)..
ACTIONS WORTH HIGHLIGHTING IN THE LS PATH TOWARD CARBON NEUTRALITY:
– An investment of 1.5 million euro in the purchase of 3 new industrial cooling chambers with lesser environmental impact and without greenhouse gas emission.
– Thermal and photovoltaic solar energy production for self-consumption at the Cabanillas and Guadalajara centres, having achieved in 2019 a total production of 156,690 khw.
– Change of 1200 lamps to LED technology, achieving on average a consumption reduction of 45% per lamp (Carregado, Gaia and Leixões).
The human side of the companies is the most competitive and differentiating aspect!
Luís Simões, in its 70-year journey, already has a family of 2370 workers spread over the many companies of the group, of which 64% are in Portugal and 36% in Spain, registering a growth of 12% compared to the previous year. In terms of type of labour contract, 64% of the workers belong to the structure of the company.
In 2019, of all the LS workers, 70% were men and 30% were women. However, the full number of women has been increasing, with an increase of 22% in the number of women against 2017 and of 9% against 2018. At the Board of Directors the percentage of 43% of women remains. LS does not engage in gender discrimination in its hiring procedures, wherefore the difference in the more operational tasks such as heavy-duty vehicles drivers and warehouse operators is merely related to cultural issues and the reality of the labour market.
(64% PT 36% ES)
(67% PT 33% ES
(63% PT 37% ES
ONLY 3 EMPLOYEES AT
PART-TIME (2 PT & 1 ES)
42 EMPLOYEES WITH REDUCED
WORKING HOURS (ONLY IN SPAIN)
(40% PT, 60% ES
28 | 64
MATERNITY | PATERNITY
(75% PT, 25% ES) | (52% PT, 48% ES)
IMPACT OF LUÍS SIMÕES ON SOCIETY
25th anniversary of the internal magazine “SOMOS LS”, celebrated with an activity of trash collection on the beach.
This year, 110 workers of LS were blood donors.
Transport smiles to those who need it most
Reta donates a refrigerated trailer to the Alenquer
Volunteer Fire fighters
In 2019 there were 42 visits to the company, with 904
visitors in total
LS leaves its doors open to Society and we enjoy
List of Associations in which Luís Simões Group is involved:
ACAP | Associação do Comércio Automóvel de Portugal; ACEGE | Associação Cristã de Empresários e Gestores; ACICA | Associação Comercial e Industrial do Concelho de Alenquer; ADL | Asociación para el Desarrollo de la Logistica; AECOC | Asociación Española de Codificación Comercial; AERCE | Asociación Española de Profesionales de Compras, Contratación y Aprovisionamientos; AESE | Associação de Estudos Superiores de Empresa ANECRA | Associação Nacional das Empresas do Comércio e da Reparação Automóvel; ANTRAM | Associação Nacional de Transportadores; APLOG | Associação Portuguesa de Logística; APOL | Associação Portuguesa dos Operadores Logísticos; APQ | Associação Portuguesa da Qualidade; APROSE | Associação Nacional de Agentes e Corretores de Seguros; ARAC | Associação dos Industriais de Aluguer de Automóveis s/ Condutor; ASTIC | Asociación de Transportes Internacionales por Carretera; CCILE | Câmara Comércio e Indústria Luso-Espanhola; CEL | Centro Espanhol de Logística; CHP | Cámara Hispano Portuguesa; COTEC | Associação Empresarial para a Inovação; EFS | Associação das Empresas Familiares; Fundación I.C.I.L.; Fundación San Telmo; GS1 | Portugal; ITS Portugal | ASSOCIAÇÃO PARA O DESENVOLVIMENTO DA MOBILIDADE E TRANSPORTES SUSTENTÁVEIS; UNO | Organización Empresarial de Logistica y Transportes
SAFETY AT WORK AND ON
The daily safety and health of LS workers on the road and in the logistics warehouses is of the utmost importance to LS. In 2019 192 accidents at work (AW) were registered, 10% more than in the previous year. However, since the number of workers increased by 12%, the percentage of accidents at work against the full number of workers remains.
With thousands of kilometres run on the road, LS underwrites the European Road Safety Charter in Portugal and Spain, being one of the first Transport of Goods and Logistics organisations in the Iberian Peninsula. This commitment is followed up by the index “% of Drivers with 365 or + days without accidents”, with a positive performance and evolution – a result of 92% in relation to the basic goal of 60%.
In 2019, IRU (Road Transport International Union, an organisation that examines on an annual basis the drivers’ professional career and grants a recognition to those who have shown a good performance in the fulfilment of an array of strict criteria) granted 915 accolades within the European Union, 39 of which in the Iberian Peninsula (25 in Spain and 14 in Portugal). Seven, in particular, were granted to drivers of Luís Simões.
In 2019 Luís Simões reached a record consolidated turnover of 245 million euro,
which represents a growth of 0.5% against 2018.
LSLI Portugal and LSLI Spain, that encompass the Transportation and Logistics businesses (except Espaçotrans), registered positive developments, however distinct in terms of profitability.
At Reta, the turnover in 2019 decreased 25% against 2018, due to the contraction of the market and the financial difficulties that affected some clients.
Espaçotrans, expert in customs logistics, registered in 2019 a sales growth of 5.0% and achieved EBIT of 673.5 thousand euro, with an excellent profitability of 15.7%.
Diagonal registered in 2019 a volume of commissions of 1.6 million euro, and EBITDA of 260 thousand euro, which constitute clearly positive indicators which are much higher than those of 2018, in large part due to the reorganisation carried out during the previous year.