BICEPS Network

Introduction of BICEPS Rating System to stimulate more sustainable ocean shipping


BICEPSBoosting Initiatives for Collaborative Emission-reduction with the Power of Shippers

BICEPS Network: Leveraging forces for a better world 

The BICEPS Network, a joint initiative of shippers to leverage forces to stimulate more sustainable shipping, introduces the BICEPS Rating System. The shippers will apply the BICEPS Rating System, an online dynamic application that includes five sustainability themes, in their global procurement of ocean freight container transport. The actual sustainability performance of ocean freight carriers will be included as a factor in the selection of ocean carriers for their shipping volumes by the shippers. The rating system has been developed to give full transparency on the actual and relative sustainability performance of shipping lines and allows shippers to include this as a clear differentiator within their selection process. 

The shipping sector has high emissions of sulphur, black carbon and CO2. The sector is working hard towards more sustainable and effective operations. In order to boost the change to more sustainable shipping, 5 multinational companies have founded the BICEPS Network. The BICEPS Network wants to stimulate sustainable performance of ocean freight carriers with the Power of Demand. The actual performance on sustainability of ocean carriers will be now a factor in the selection of service providers by shippers, so there will be a commercial incentive for ocean freight carriers to become more sustainable. In addition, the BICEPS Network focuses on creating momentum for sustainable improvements and on driving more collaboration on sustainability innovations in the shipping sector. 

The BICEPS Network has developed the BICEPS Rating System to establish a common approach to sustainability in the global procurement of ocean freight and selection of ocean freight carriers. All BICEPS Network members will focus jointly on the selected sustainability topics. The rating system has been developed to give full transparency on the actual and relative sustainability performance of the different shipping lines, including both results achieved and ambitions for the future. This BICEPS Rating System allows shippers to include sustainability performance as a clear differentiator within their selection process of shipping lines. The BICEPS Rating System includes 5 sustainability themes: communication and reporting on sustainability, emissions, improvement projects, collaboration projects and long-term ambitions.

DSM, Kim van Neer, Global Category Manager Ocean and Airfreight: “Via the BICEPS Network we hope we can further leverage and boost sustainability initiatives in the shipping industry. Therefore also within our procurement of ocean freight we have fully adopted green tender principle with the BICEPS Rating System, which means we screen all shipping lines based on sustainability and rank them accordingly.” 

The BICEPS Rating System provides the same level of transparency towards the ocean freight carriers on their relative sustainability performance against their peers and aims to stimulate and reward improvements. Therefore, the rating system is an online dynamic application, which makes it easy to use, transparent and involves minimal administrative efforts for ocean freight carriers. By adding their improved sustainability results immediately, carriers will benefit as soon as possible of their improvements in upcoming procurement processes. 

Instead of developing an additional sustainability methodology, the BICEPS Rating System consolidates existing sustainability methodologies and indexes and enriches them by including future ambitions of shipping lines on sustainability. This makes the BICEPS Rating System a great tool for shippers in selecting ocean freight carriers based on sustainability, not only today but also for the future! 

FrieslandCampina, Walter Vermeer, Manager Category Procurement Logistics: “We as members of the BICEPS Network have developed the BICEPS Rating System because we want to boost the speed and adoption rate of proven processes and technologies, to make the impact bigger and faster.” 



Five major companies have joined forces in the BICEPS Network to help make shipping more sustainable. AB InBev, AkzoNobel, DSM, FrieslandCampina and Huntsman will develop a common and concurrent approach to sustainability in their procurement of ocean freight and selection of carriers. A first step is the development of the BICEPS Rating System. The BICEPS Network also will start an active dialogue with the carriers how to come jointly to more sustainable logistics chains. The BICEPS Network will in addition work together with the shipping sector to persuade other sector partners to participate in the realization of sustainable practices and innovations within the whole sector (like incentive schemes by ports, adopting of clean technologies and re-usage or recycling of end-of-life ships). 

The BICEPS Network Foundation governs the BICEPS Network with a board consisting of representatives (supply chain & logistics managers) of the participating companies. The daily management and coordination of the BICEPS Network is realized by Pure Birds.

The BICEPS Network invites shippers to join the Network, use the Rating System in their procurement and share best practices. Next to that, the BICEPS Network will also actively organize dialogues between shippers, carriers and chain partners to stimulate sustainable improvements and adoption of clean technologies and other sustainable innovations. 

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Partcipants of the BICEPS Network

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DSM, Kim van Neer, Global Category Manager Ocean and Airfreight: “At DSM everything we do should make a meaningful contribution to a more sustainable world. Therefore also within our procurement of ocean freight we have fully adopted green tender principle, which means we screen all shipping lines based on sustainability and rank them accordingly. Via the BICEPS network we hope we can further leverage this concept to further boost sustainability initiatives in the shipping industry.”


AB InBev, Gert van den Bossche, Global Director Logistics Sourcing: “This initiative perfectly fits into our Dream to be the Best Beer Company Bringing People Together For A Better World. Our international operations represent a major part of our logistics footprint, and we want to run it in an even more sustainable fashion. By working together with our BICEPS-partners, we set another important step towards secure and greener logistics.” 



Huntsman, Johan Wittekoek, Purchasing Manager Transport and WarehousingShipping is a critical part of our global business. Without it we cannot serve our stakeholders’ interests in receiving raw materials and delivering high quality products to our customers. We at Huntsman manage our operations to protect the environment from any possible impacts and are pleased to collaborate with service providers and industry partners to reduce the undesired impacts of marine logistics."


AkzoNobel, Eric Majoor, Sourcing Manager Logistics EMEA: “Shipping is one of the key focus areas of our global strategy of radical resource efficiency, which we call Planet Possible. We’re working with customers and suppliers all over the world in order to reduce our impact across the whole value chain, while also helping our customers to make a positive influence on society. This partnership therefore represents a valuable step towards improving the sustainability profile of a hugely significant sector within the whole sphere of global logistics.”


FrieslandCampina, Walter Vermeer, Category Procurement Manager Logistics: “FrieslandCampina is consciously working on impact reduction in every step in our grass-to-glass supply chain to enable realization of climate neutral growth. Our participation in the BICEPS-network is our means to also adding greener ocean shipping into our scope.”


Pure Birds, Coen Faber, Partner: “As Pure Birds we initiate these connections of collaborations in supply chains to create more sustainable change and innovations. And in shipping is a need to develop this to realize more impact.






About AB INBEV                                                           

AB InBev has built leading positions in the most important beer profit pools in the world, through a combination of solid organic growth and selected, value-enhancing acquisitions and combinations. Our dream is to be the Best Beer Company Bringing People Together For a Better World. As a top five consumer goods company, we can bring people together in ways that few others can. Together, we are united by a dream to enrich the communities in which we live and work, always striving for a Better World.

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About: AKZO NOBEL                                                   

AkzoNobel is a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals. Calling on centuries of expertise, we supply industries and consumers worldwide with innovative products and sustainable technologies designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as one of the leaders in the area of sustainability, we are committed to making life more liveable and our cities more human.

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About: DSM                                                                                

Our purpose is to create brighter lives for people today and generations to come. We connect our unique competences in Life Sciences and Materials Sciences to create solutions that nourish, protect and improve performance.

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About: FRIESLANDCAMPINA                                              

Every day Royal FrieslandCampina provides millions of consumers all over the world with food that is rich in valuable nutrients. With annual revenue of 11.3 billion euro FrieslandCampina is one of the world’s five largest dairy companies.

FrieslandCampina supplies consumer products such as dairy-based beverages, infant nutrition, cheese and desserts in many European countries, in Asia and in Africa. Products are also supplied to professional customers, including cream and butter products to bakeries and catering companies. FrieslandCampina also supplies ingredients and half-finished products to manufacturers of infant nutrition, the food industry and the pharmaceutical sector around the world.

FrieslandCampina has offices in 32 countries and employs a total of about 22,000 people. FrieslandCampina’s products find their way to more than 100 countries. The Company’s central office is in Amersfoort. FrieslandCampina’s activities are divided into four market-oriented business groups: Consumer Products Europe, Middle East & Africa; Consumer Products Asia; Cheese, Butter & Milkpowder and Ingredients. The Company is fully owned by Zuivelcoöperatie FrieslandCampina U.A, with over 19,000 member dairy farmers in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium is one of the world’s largest dairy cooperatives.

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About: HUNTSMAN                                                      

Huntsman Corporation is a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals with 2014 revenues of approximately $13 billion including the acquisition of Rockwood’s performance additives and TiO2 businesses. Our chemical products number in the thousands and are sold worldwide to manufacturers serving a broad and diverse range of consumer and industrial end markets. We operate more than 100 manufacturing and R&D facilities in more than 30 countries and employ approximately 16,000 associates within our 5 distinct business divisions.

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Pure Birds has a mission to globally inspire and challenge businesses to realize sustainable impact. This means that companies will contribute from their core business in a better world. Pure Birds believes in the strength of the connection and believes that everyone can make a difference. They build demand-driven sustainable innovation networks – to create system change.

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