We are convinced that our Company’s success must be built on responsible and sustainable conduct. In order to achieve this, we strike a balance between three aspects: People, Planet, and Performance. What does that mean? It goes without saying that we aim to generate profitable growth. However, we also pursue other aims that cannot be jeopardized as a result: this includes the welfare of our employees and society as a whole and a sustainable and carbon-neutral approach to protecting our planet. We are on our way to creating a Global Champion of the transportation industry and to actively driving the transformation of the entire sector forward. In order to achieve this goal, we consistently act in a sustainable manner and fulfill our responsibility as a company. Below, we have presented a selection of examples for you from the TRATON GROUP. You can find more examples on our brands’ websites.
For the TRATON GROUP, being fit for the future means understanding and managing global challenges. We have to identify where opportunities and risks for both sustainable development and for our business success present themselves and focus our actions accordingly. Our goal is to actively shape the transportation industry of the future and make the TRATON GROUP a Global Champion. In order to achieve this goal, we have to consistently act in a sustainable manner and fulfill our responsibility as a company. That applies to both our processes and our products. In doing so, we are laying the foundation for strengthening our market position in the long term.
Renowned environmental rating agency ISS ESG has rewarded TRATON with “Prime” status and a good “C+” rating with a decile rank of 1 (out of 10) for its sustainable value creation efforts in the machinery sector. This puts TRATON in the top 14% of this industry. The fact that TRATON was rated as “very good” in the “Eco-efficiency” category is particularly worthy of mention (as of August 19, 2020).
We are working hard to continuously improve the entire value chain with regard to both economic and ecological factors and to generate the maximum benefit for our customers and for society as a whole across the entire life cycle. As part of this process, we are keeping an eye on the scarcity of natural resources and the advancing consequences of climate change, both of which are key factors. Companies in the transportation sector are faced with the challenge of lowering their CO₂ emissions and developing innovative strategies for zero-emission and resource-efficient products. The TRATON GROUP is doing just that across many levels.
Sustainability as well as protecting and respecting the environment are key strategic issues in the TRATON GROUP. To ensure compliance with the requirements of the Paris climate agreement, the institutions of the European Union resolved a CO₂ regime for heavy-duty trucks weighing more than 16 tons for the first time in the first half of 2019. Truck manufacturers have to reduce the CO₂ emissions of their new vehicle fleets in the EU by 15% by 2025, with a reduction target of 30% by 2030. The reference period for all reduction targets is the period from July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2020. The TRATON GROUP is fully committed to further reducing greenhouse gas emissions caused by commercial vehicles.
Our strong brands MAN, Scania, and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus are in the best position to make the transportation industry more sustainable with their products and services. Sustainability and corporate responsibility have been a firmly established component of the TRATON GROUP brands for over ten years. We will be continuing our ongoing efforts to drive both of these issues forward. The brands take over the operational management and organization of the activities depending on where they are positioned. We are searching for and finding autonomous answers to the upcoming challenges as part of our journey to become a Global Champion of the transportation industry.
In a quest to turn low-pollutant urban mobility with as close to zero local emissions as possible into reality, MAN continues to drive the electrification of its commercial vehicles forward. The fully electric MAN eTGE van meets all the main requirements faced by intercity delivery operations of the future in terms of local emissions and the level of noise produced. This vehicle complies with the funding criteria of the Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle (BAFA — Federal Office of Economics and Export Control) with respect to the total cost of ownership to the same extent as its diesel counterparts. As part of the European Transport Sustainability Award 2020, the MAN eTGE was named Europe’s most sustainable vehicle by the Transport specialist magazine in the “Vans and delivery trucks” category.
At the start of 2019, Scania took part in a pilot study to test zero-noise overnight delivery in six McDonald’s restaurants in Stockholm. As part of this pilot project, a Scania hybrid truck operated by logistics provider HAVI was used, capable of traveling up to ten kilometers in the innercity area in electric mode without producing any noise. By operating on empty roads at night, these trucks make deliveries more efficient while reducing traffic jams and lowering emissions during rush hour. Trucks under the Euro 6 emission standard all run on renewable hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) outside of the city. This means that they produce 90% less CO₂ emissions than their diesel counterparts.
Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus is working to pave the way for the next transportation generation and has set the course for this by establishing a pioneering e-Consortium at its development and production complex in Resende, Brazil. This business model brings new partner companies on board that also work offsite at the customers’ premises. The e-Consortium encompasses all aspects of manufacturing and operating electric trucks: it covers the vehicles’ entire life cycle, from developing components locally all the way to setting up the infrastructure required for production. This also includes battery disposal at the end of their useful life. This concept makes Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus the world’s first vehicle manufacturer to offer an entire support concept comprising products and services for its electric trucks.
More information about sustainability can be found on our brands’ websites.
At TRATON, we believe in being open, working together, and in individual strengths each of us can bring to the team. Within this framework, taking over social responsibility is part of how we see ourselves as a company. We also promote the voluntary commitment of our employees. Our employees are also working on transportation and mobility solutions that overcome social challenges.
Social and ecological responsibility is an integral part of MAN's corporate culture. Many employees are involved in charitable projects on a voluntary basis, also in cooperation with the Munich Child Protection League (Kinderschutzbund München), SOS Children's Villages, and the Bavarian nature conservation association (Bund Naturschutz in Bayern). The voluntary hours worked by employees have been increasing for years. Last year, a total of 167 employees were involved in 27 projects with 2,890 hours worked. As there are plenty of possible projects and organizations, orientation is often difficult. That is why MAN has created the "Helfen macht Freude" (Helping is fun) program. The aim is to provide a platform for employees in order to enable them to take over social responsibility. A totally different kind of initiative with a huge social impact, but also an additional focus on cultural change, new business models, and digital innovation: that’s the MAN Impact Accelerator. As part of the MAN Impact Accelerator, MAN works with young companies from across the globe. These social business startups specialize in the fields of mobility, transport, and logistics and receive targeted support from mentors in developing a sustainable business model. To help them along the way, MAN has joined forced with Yunus Social Business, an initiative founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus. The participants are supported by more than 100 experts, both from MAN and from other companies. This means they are reaping the benefits of their mentors’ knowledge and experiences, a wide network of experts, and access to different innovation ecosystems. In return, however, the mentors get to know new business models and develop the required skills and the right mindset for customer-centric innovation by working closely together with the founders – all thanks to the program.
Two campaigns aim to reduce the gender gap in Ghana’s transportation industry: “Women moving the city” and “Women moving trucks.” As part of these campaigns, nearly 100 women have trained to become bus or truck drivers in the country’s capital, Accra. Scania West Africa is playing a leading role here. Scania is working with the Greater Accra Passenger Transport Executive (GAPTE) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ, German development agency) to boost the number of female drivers in the city’s public transportation system. Scania already has a big presence in Accra. The Bus Rapid Transit System has been in operation for several years, and the city is ready to take on female drivers. The initiative will not just be an opportunity to start a new career but will also be a challenge to existing drivers to improve their performance.
The attractiveness and innovative strength of an organization is largely dependent on how well it recognizes the individuality of its employees. That is why the TRATON GROUP has embedded the core principles of pluralism and inclusion in its corporate culture. So what exactly does that mean? Diversity, first and foremost, means recognizing the personal characteristics within a group or a team. TRATON takes a broader approach to diversity, something referred to as “pluralism”: in addition to age and gender, this also includes experience, personal influences, cultural background, and many other aspects. “Inclusion” refers to a psychologically safe environment in a team where all employees can realize their potential and creativity. Pluralism & inclusion is a holistic process and an established component of TRATON’s corporate culture. The diversity and individuality of TRATON employees is a valuable asset that must be protected and facilitated. Since 2019, the Company has also been a member of the German Diversity Charter (Charta der Vielfalt) – an initiative promoting the recognition and inclusion of and the appreciation for diversity in the working world.