Use of capital

PostNL makes use of valuable assets as input for the business model, while the model also generates valuable outputs for the company and our stakeholders. The capital categories are aligned with the International Integrated Reporting Framework of the IIRC1 . The capitals are interrelated and business activities often require the use of a mix of capitals. We aim to use our capitals effectively by maximising their potential value and minimising their negative impacts as part of our continuous drive to improve.

Relationship capital

We have deep roots in society, and through our operations connect with millions of stakeholders on a daily basis. The relations we have with our stakeholders, especially our customers and our investors, our employees, governments and trade unions, influence our ability to create value over time. We strive to build strong relationships through the way we do business and interact with our stakeholders.

Technological and produced capital

The assets that drive digitalisation, the use of data, automation and robotisation are our technological capital, and they play an increasingly important role in our business. This includes both the process and information-related technologies that we use to improve the value of our business activities. Produced capital are those goods and assets that enable us to carry out our role as a logistics and postal service provider, such as vehicles, buildings and machinery. We select these goods and assets based on our specific needs and available sustainable options.

Human and intellectual capital

PostNL is a people company. We need our people to execute our strategy and contribute to the delivery of our services. This includes our own employees and people working for us through our partners. By operating and developing an inclusive organisation, we aim to help our people to grow, while providing fair compensation, and a safe and healthy work environment.

The collective knowledge and experience of PostNL, built over the course of more than two centuries, is one of our greatest assets, our intellectual capital. As a logistics expert we have created state-of-the-art networks, smart processes and created management systems that have enabled us to become a front runner in our rapidly changing markets. These are created to help PostNL deliver high-quality services, optimise our operations and develop new value-added operations.

Natural capital

Natural capital is the energy we use to provide our services. We use solar energy to generate electricity and natural gas to operate our buildings and our vehicles, many of which now run on biogas or electricity. Those that run on diesel or gasoline produce greenhouse gases (GHG) and air polluting emissions that impact air quality and contribute to climate change.

Financial capital

Shareholders and other relevant players in financial markets, such as bondholders and banks, provide PostNL with funds used to invest in our assets and operations. We use this financial capital to operate and grow our business, and our success has a direct impact on these investors.

  1. International Integrated Reporting Council