Ryder System, Inc. (NYSE: R), a leader in supply chain, dedicated transportation, and commercial fleet management solutions, has been honored with a SmartWay® Excellence Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The SmartWay Excellence Award, reserved for the top performing SmartWay Partners, is EPA’s highest recognition for demonstrated leadership in freight supply chain environmental performance and energy efficiency.
“Ryder always strives to do better for our customers, our employees, the environment, and in the communities where we operate. So it is truly an honor to be presented with the SmartWay Excellence Award,” said Steve W. Martin, senior vice president of Ryder’s dedicated transportation solutions business. “Through RyderShare, our real-time tracking, collaboration, and execution platform, we are able to drive more efficient supply chains by reducing out of route miles and truck idling.”
Ryder was one of 12 shipper and logistics companies to receive this distinction, representing the best environmental performers of SmartWay’s nearly 4,000 partners. This year’s awards were announced at a virtual press event hosted by the EPA with its SmartWay Partners, key stakeholders, and media in attendance.
“For 17 years the SmartWay Transport Partnership has worked together with stakeholders in the freight industry to find innovative ways to reduce pollution from goods movement,” said Sarah Dunham, director of EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, “We commend the innovation, drive, and collaborative spirit of our partners whose efforts are helping to meet the challenge of climate change and to create a healthier environment for us all.”
Ryder has been a SmartWay partner since 2006. The company has been honored with SmartWay Excellence Awards in 2013, 2014, and 2017; the SmartWay Affiliate Challenge Award in 2014; and recognized as a SmartWay High Performer in 2020; as well as supporting customers with a series of coordinated measures to effectively reduce their carbon footprint and emissions to SmartWay standards.
Ryder’s focus on being a responsible corporate citizen extends into every aspect of its business. A commitment to sustainability is critical to Ryder’s long-term interests financially, operationally, and ethically. Ryder drives operational advancements around technology-driven innovations, energy efficiency, sustainable services, reduced reliance on natural resources, world-class safety programs, military veteran recruitment initiatives, the hiring of a diverse workforce, and through community involvement and volunteerism of its nearly 40,000 employees.