Volvos human centric approach
8:30 PM | August 23 2019

Volvo’s human-centric approach to cars, people and society

How Volvo Cars’ leadership shows its commitment to ethics, quality, the environment, and safer and cleaner mobility.
Omtanke: Sustainability
As a human-centric car company, we are a brand for people who care about other people and the world in which we live.
 
This is at the core of our business and of our approach to sustainability.
 
Our commitment is about re-thinking sustainability, and goes beyond our operations and our cars, and into society. It makes us think again every time we take decisions that affect the world and the lives of people.
 
There is a Swedish word that means “caring” and “consideration”, but also importantly “to think again”.
 
This word is “omtanke” and summarises our way of protecting what’s important to you. 
 
Pioneering responsible business
Volvo Cars is a proud founding member of the UN Global Compact, a voluntary initiative to implement universal sustainability principles.
 
Since 2000, we have endeavoured to observe the Ten Principles of the Global Compact — including the adoption of a precautionary approach to environmental challenges. We are also committed to supporting the Sustainable Development Goals which guide our approach as a business.

Recycled seat material Above: Recycled seat material used in the special XC60 concept.
 
Volvo Cars’ recycled plastics vision
Environmental care is one of Volvo Cars’ core values, and we’re constantly finding new ways to reduce our environmental impact, including making better use of sustainable materials.
 
Volvo Cars has an ambition that at least 25% of all plastics in cars launched after 2025 will be made from recycled material. This is the most progressive statement around the use of recycled plastic by any premium automotive manufacturer.
 
In support of UN Environment’s Clean Seas campaign and to demonstrate the viability of this ambition, Volvo Cars created as specially-built version of our Volvo XC60 T8 plug-in hybrid SUV. The car looks identical to the existing model but more than 170 parts are replaced with parts containing recycled materials – reusing more than 60kg of materials.
 
We will use this vehicle to help shape our future use of recycled plastic.

Volvos Vision 2020
Aiming for zero
Vision 2020 is one of the most ambitious safety visions in the automotive industry. It is rooted in our leadership in safety and the fact that everything we do starts with protecting the people inside and around our cars. Our aim is that no one should be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo by 2020. While we are proud of what we have achieved so far, we are not satisfied yet.
 
To send a strong signal about the dangers of speeding, we will limit the top speed on all our cars to 180km/h from MY21. We are also looking at how smart speed control and geofencing technology could automatically limit speeds around schools and hospitals in the future.
 
We will address intoxication and distraction via in-car cameras that watch over the driver. If a clearly intoxicated or distracted driver does not respond to warning signals and is risking an accident that might result in serious injury or death, the car will intervene by slowing down and parking safely.

Polestar 2
Overseas model shown, not available in Australia. Volvo XC40 R-Design T5 Plug in Hybrid.

Electrification and cleaner mobility
Electric cars are our future. Polestar 2, the first fully electric vehicle based on technology shared between Polestar and Volvo Cars, has been revealed and will be launched overseas in the beginning of 2020.
 
The first fully electric Volvo car, the XC40, is planned to be rolled out overseas in 2020. All our new Volvo cars from 2019 factory production onwards will have an electric motor in either a plug-in hybrid, mild-hybrid or fully-electric configuration, with distribution coming to Australia in future years. And we’re aiming for electric cars to make up 50 per cent of our total sales by 2025.
 
In 2017, we became the first global car company to commit to electrification, a landmark industry-first pledge that was recognised by the United Nations in the UN’s 2017 Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.
 
Volvo Cars commitment to ethics, quality and environment
Volvo Cars is committed to ethics, quality and the environment. Our Quality and Environmental Management Systems cover all our activities, products and services, and we hold ISO 9001 (Quality) and 14001 (Environment) certificates for our major global operations. We work with external stakeholders to ensure we fulfil internal and industry-common standards, and continually strive to do more.

Living seawall
Above: One of the special tiles created by Volvo for a Living Sea Wall in Sydney - designed to promote a thriving marine life.
 
Ethical Leadership
Volvo Cars is proud to have been recognised as a 2019 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute for the third consecutive year. Ethisphere Institute is a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is a welcomed acknowledgement of our comprehensive Compliance and Ethics Programme which aims to ensure that our employees and our business partners act responsibly and ethically. Volvo Cars is committed to fostering a culture of Ethical Leadership.

 

 

Click here to read the rest of our August I Roll stories.