CNH Industrial is committed to improving employees’ commute to work by encouraging the fruition and integration of available transport systems and by subsidizing eco-friendly mobility solutions. This approach brings benefits not only in terms of lower environmental impact, but also of employee satisfaction and wellbeing owing to lower commute times and costs, risk of accidents, and stress, and to increased opportunities for socializing among colleagues.
The Company takes part in collaborative initiatives for sustainable mobility, exploiting all available synergies with its neighboring plants. These projects are designed in collaboration with both local authorities and public transportation companies. From an organizational viewpoint, there is a mobility manager at every plant, responsible for implementing solutions to improve sustainable mobility with the support of other corporate functions.
SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY IN CHINA
The manner in which the Harbin plant (China) manages the commuting of its employees reflects the Company’s commitment to its people and the environment. The Company’s various plants are strategically located in the city’s development areas, about twenty kilometers from the city center. Harbin is known as the city of ice, owing to a winter that lasts six months with an average temperature of -20°C. It is also for this reason that the Company offers daily shuttle services to its three hundred employees. The service currently covers eight routes connecting the plant to strategic intersections with other means of public transportation, guaranteeing employees maximum comfort and safety. Additionally, even when selecting service providers, the Company remains faithful to continuous improvement and environmental protection by ensuring that national environmental standards are complied with, and that bus models are renewed regularly.
All initiatives related to mobility in Italy are encompassed in the project Easygo - Muoversi con intelligenza (Smart commuting), which is built around:
- collaborations with local public transport companies
- the redevelopment of parking areas for bicycles and motorcycles
- shuttle services in addition to regular public transport.
On the dedicated project website, employees can find comprehensive information on the means and services available to commute efficiently to and from corporate facilities, as well as a section to submit suggestions for service improvement. In 2013, on World Environment Day, Easygo was also extended to the Italian Powertrain plants in Pregnana Milanese and Foggia. Additionally, to tailor services to actual needs, the commuting plan for the district of Turin (Italy) was updated at the end of the year. Other initiatives in 2013 at the plants in Modena and San Matteo (Italy) made use of dedicated sustainable mobility notice boards and of a carpooling web platform to share useful information with all employees at both plants. Furthermore, the mobility manager at the Modena plant encouraged regular meetings with the city’s Agenzia per la Mobilità (Mobility Agency) and Urban Planning representatives to identify ways to improve road access around the two sites.
Meanwhile, the Powertrain plant in Bourbon Lancy (France) carried out an internal survey involving every employee, aimed at mapping commuting habits to and from the plant and at assessing the efficiency of the shuttle buses provided by the Company. The survey laid the groundwork for the upcoming commuting plan (to be developed in 2014), while identifying possible improvement measures.
Still in France, the Trucks and Commercial Vehicle plants in Vénissieux and Saint Priest carried out a study on the local mobility policies, as well as an employee commuting survey focusing on mobility and accessibility. A 60% response rate was achieved, for a total of 226 questionnaires filled out. The study evidenced that 55% of the workforce in Vénissieux (132 employees) and 78% of the workforce in Saint Priest (94 employees) commuted to work exclusively in private cars.
The analysis of responses allowed identifying possible intervention areas and measures, such as:
- a carpooling system
- the provision of Company cars for medium and long-distance commutes, and particularly for business trips to and from the plants in Annonay and Turin
- the enhancement of local public transportation for transfers to and from Lyon
- the redevelopment of dedicated bike lanes and parking areas.
Numerous other initiatives for sustainable mobility are in place at various plants worldwide. In particular, plants often offer shuttle services to enable employees to commute from the workplace to nearby strategic points, as in Annonay (France), Madrid and Valladolid (Spain), Pithampur (India), Harbin (China) and multiple locations in Brazil.
In compliance with its Environmental Guidelines, CNH Industrial is committed to minimizing the environmental impact of its ICT activities, and pursues this goal by using energy-efficient products and solutions. In fact, the Company implements the Green ICT plan precisely to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.
In 2013, approx. 5,300 personal computers and 500 technical workstations were replaced with new equipment featuring more efficient power supply units, optimizing the electricity drawn from the grid and preventing the emission of about 272 metric tons of CO2 compared with 20101. Additionally, approx. 7,700 computer monitors were replaced with new EnergyStar and EPEAT Silver/Gold rated units, which ensure compliance with environmental requirements concerning product energy consumption and efficiency, the use of hazardous substances, recyclability, packaging materials, and low-impact manufacturing methods. CNH Industrial rents its PCs, technical workstations and computer monitors; once they are no longer usable they are returned to the rental company, which handles their subsequent life cycle stages. In forthcoming ICT supply contract tenders, the assessment of suppliers will include sustainability targets and specifications.
Lastly, in 2013, as part of the project to optimize printing systems, the management services contract for multifunction printers was extended until 2018.
Since 2009, a total of 1,030 units have been replaced, with a reduction in annual consumption of more than 1,870 MWh (equivalent to approx. 975 metric tons of CO2 saved). Additional units will be installed in 2013 under the new supply contract, according to a targeted replacement plan.
As regards the Data Center, which includes the computer systems that host applications and IT services, servers continued to be downsized, consolidated and virtualized so as to optimize energy consumption. In particular, approx. 90 physical servers were eliminated and replaced by 163 virtual ones, reducing annual consumption by about 2,950 MWh over 2010 (equivalent to approx. 1,375 metric tons of CO2 saved).