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.
Selected examples of our brands’ sustainability activities are presented below. Further information on the organization, management, and measures across the different fields of action is available in the sustainability reports of Scania and MAN.
For TRATON, 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 and logistics industry of the future and thus to make TRATON 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’s sustainable value creation efforts in the machinery sector with a Prime status, a good rating of C+ (scale of A+ to D–), and a very good classification of 1 (out of 10). This puts TRATON in the top 14% of companies in its industry. A total of 269 companies were compared. The fact that TRATON was rated as “very good” in the “Eco-efficiency” category (as of August 19, 2020) deserves a special mention.
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 a close eye on the scarcity of natural resources and the advancing consequences of climate change, both of which are key factors. Companies in the transportation and logistics 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 is an integral component within the entire TRATON GROUP. Due to the decentralized organization of the Group, the brands set their priorities, resources, and methods individually, according to their respective corporate culture and strategy. The main subjects for the TRATON GROUP are determined based on the materiality analyses of the brands. In this context, a TRATON Sustainability Board consisting of representatives from the brands and from TRATON defines the minimum standards for the Group and acts as a platform for promoting communication. Our strong brands Scania, MAN, and Volkswagen Caminhões e Ônibus (VWCO) are in the best position to make the transportation and logistics sector more sustainable with their products and services. For more than ten years, sustainability has been firmly established within the brands of the TRATON GROUP and there are continuing and consistent efforts to drive the issue forward.
The TRATON GROUP is committed to the sustainability goals of the United Nations and in particular the measures for combatting climate change.
Scania’s goal is to drive the transformation to a sustainable transportation system and create a world of mobility that is better for companies, society, and the environment. In order to fulfill its environmental responsibility, to achieve the targets of the Paris Agreement, and to limit global warming, Scania has set itself ambitious targets. These targets have been officially recognized by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and consist of two separate targets: the first target is a 50% reduction in absolute numbers in CO₂ emissions from Scania’s own operations (scope 1 and 2) by 2025, with 2015 as the base year.
Since in general more than 90% of greenhouse gas emissions result from vehicle operation, the second target concerns the use phase of Scania vehicles (scope 3). Scania plans to reduce the emissions that result from the use of Scania vehicles by customers by 20% between 2015 and 2025. This target is an intensity target and is measured as CO₂/km from a well-to-wheel perspective, so that production of the fuel is also included.
MAN already adopted a Group-wide Climate Strategy back in 2011. It entails the binding goal of reducing absolute CO₂ emissions at MAN production sites by 25% by 2020 as against the 2008 baseline. It was possible to reach this goal early in 2018 with a reduction of 26% compared to 2008. In light of increased use of renewable energies and the introduction of new energy supply concepts, MAN adopted a new, revised, and enhanced MAN climate protection strategy in 2020. It aims to cut CO₂ emissions in production by 50% by 2025 as against the 2015 baseline. MAN is also striving to switch to CO₂-neutral production by 2030.
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 had already 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. There is 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.
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 all-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 — German Federal Office of Economics and Export Control) with respect to the total cost of ownership (TCO) to the same extent as its diesel counterparts. As part of the European Transport Award for Sustainability 2020, the MAN eTGE was named Europe’s most sustainable vehicle by the Transport specialist magazine in the “Vans and delivery trucks” category.
Scania is committed to a fossil-free commercial transportation system, and electric vehicles are a critical element of this journey. Scania launched its first all-electric truck on the market in September 2020. With a range of up to 250 kilometers, this electric truck can be operated all day long and be fully charged overnight at its home depot. If a longer range is needed, the battery can be charged quickly and sufficiently during a break or stops that occur naturally underway.
VWCO is working on the next transportation generation. It has laid crucial foundations 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 VWCO the world’s first truck manufacturer to offer an entire support structure 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.
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.