Our Sustainability Journey

Nurturing a green legacy

We are dedicated to manufacturing lightweight, lower carbon footprint trailers that have a lower tare and can transport more. As we journey towards sustainability, GLT stands not only as a manufacturer of top-quality trailers but as a beacon of responsible business practices, committed to leaving a positive impact on the planet, our people, and the economy.

Impact on the planet​

Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond the workshop, reaching into the very fabric of our operations. We recognise the profound impact manufacturing can have on our planet, and we're dedicated to mitigating that impact at every turn. Our sustainability objectives serve as a compass, guiding us towards a future where environmental responsibility is ingrained in our DNA.

Benchmarking environmental impact

We meticulously benchmark our energy and water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste generation. This data-driven approach enables us to identify areas for improvement and implement effective strategies to reduce our environmental footprint.

Lean manufacturing and waste reduction

Applying Lean Manufacturing principles to parts of our workshop, we minimise waste and optimise efficiency. Our CNC machines, strategically programmed and scheduled, produce minimal scrap metal offcuts, all of which are diligently sent for recycling.

Lifecycle thinking and circular economy

Embracing lifecycle thinking, we seek value in reducing economic, environmental, and social impacts. Our commitment to a circular economy involves investigating opportunities for beneficial use of by-products or waste streams, incorporating ecodesign into product development, and exploring sustainable market avenues.

Impact on people​

Sustainability at GLT isn't just about environmental impact; it's about fostering a workplace culture that uplifts and supports our team.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion

Taking affirmative action, we provide employment opportunities to increase equality, diversity, and inclusion within the company. A pay gap audit is underway, with a commitment to reducing gender pay disparities. Social KPIs guide us in enhancing diversity and inclusion within our workplace.

Employee wellbeing and work-life balance

Our dedication to staff goes beyond the workshop floor. We support our team to take advantage of paid social benefits, provide facilities to improve work-life balance, and offer diverse training opportunities such as Certificate IV in Competitive Systems and Practices (Lean Manufacturing).

Engagement and support

Regular pulse checks, staff engagement surveys, breakfast BBQs, and quarterly Values Meetings create an inclusive environment where every team member's voice is heard. Our Employee Assistance Program ensures comprehensive support.

Impact on economy

Sustainability isn't just a commitment to the environment and people, it's also a catalyst for economic growth and innovation.

Investing in innovation

Through partnerships with institutions including UNSW (Institute of Industrial Decarbonisation) we plan to engage in lifecycle assessment/design projects to reduce carbon emissions related to our trailers. Innovation is not just a goal; it's a journey we're actively pursuing.

Resource efficiency

From the use of mostly inverter welders and LED lights to the installation of a new wastewater treatment plant, we're investing in resource-efficient technologies that benefit both our bottom line and the environment.

Recycling and responsible consumption

From wood pallets and metal to cardboard, our commitment to recycling extends throughout our operations. Trialling alternative solutions, such as beeswax instead of canola oil spray for lubricating cutting blades, reflects our dedication to reducing waste.