Sustainability

Volvo Cars Aims

Manufacturing operations to be climate neutral by 2025
At least 25% of the plastic in our cars to be made from recycled materials by 2025
Eliminate single use plastics from our offices, canteens and events by the end of 2019

Volvo Cars is proud to mobilise its workforce in support of the Clean Seas campaign

This initiative extends the company’s own Volvo Cars Beach Clean Up campaign which has been running since the start of the Volvo Ocean Race in October last year. To date, more than 600 employees have undertaken clean ups in Race stopovers on every continent, as well as areas local to Volvo Cars offices and facilities.
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G7 Ocean Partnership Summit

The summit in Halifax, Canada brings together governments, businesses and NGOs, is one of the most important environmental summits in the world. Volvo Cars is the only car maker to be invited to the G7 summit, underlining the company’s position as an industry leader in sustainability.

 Volvo Cars explicitly endorses and supports the G7 Ocean Plastics Charter and presented its own sustainability programme in detail, including its recent Plastics Vision that aims to substantially increase the amount of recycled material used in new Volvo cars.

25 per cent recycled plastics in every new car from 2025

Turn the Tide on Plastic

Our ambition is that from 2025, at least 25 per cent of the plastics used in every newly launched Volvo car will be made from recycled material. Environmental care is one of Volvo’s core values and we will continue to find new ways to bring this into our business. This car and our recycled plastics ambition are further examples of that commitment.

The Volvo Ocean Race Science Programme

As part of our sustainability focus in 2017-18, we used the Volvo Ocean Race around the world to gather critical data on ocean health to contribute to scientific research and ocean health monitoring as part of a landmark Science Programme. This ground breaking programme has provided invaluable data on the health of our oceans, particularly the global extent of the problem of marine plastic pollution.
Preliminary Results

Responsible business

Our Code of Conduct

The Volvo Cars Code of Conduct is our way of ensuring that we conduct business in an ethical and compliant way. The Code applies to all employees, as well as consultants and agency personnel working under the direction of Volvo Cars. We expect all of our business contacts and partners to be governed by the same principles.

Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement

Volvo Car UK Limited has adopted a Slavery and Human Trafficking Statement to explain how we are working to make sure that slavery and human trafficking is not occurring within our supply chains or in any other part of our business.

Core values

At Volvo, everything we do starts with people. So our mission to make people’s lives easier, safer and better is something that comes naturally to us. It’s the Volvo way. Today, we’re still as focused as ever on our three core values: safety, quality and care for the environment. Protecting what’s important. Making people feel special. And taking pride in helping the world become a better place for all.

Our approach to tax

Volvo Cars acts as a responsible global tax citizen. We encourage ethical and transparent business practices and comply with the OECD Transfer Pricing guidelines. We do not employ legal entities solely for purposes of tax planning and we report and disclose our tax positions in accordance with applicable regulations and requirements. Volvo Cars’ Tax Policy is approved by the Volvo Cars Board of Directors.

Ghent Factory, Belgium

Solar Energy Installation

The installation of 15,000 solar panels at our car factory in Ghent, Belgium marks another step towards the vision of having climate-neutral global manufacturing operations by 2025.

Installing solar panels in Ghent ­adds to our broader efforts to minimise our environmental footprint, We have a constant focus across our supply chain on improving energy efficiency, aiming for the lowest possible carbon footprint across our operations, with the highest possible use of renewable sources.

The Ghent factory also uses wind power to supply around 11 per cent of its power consumption, and in 2016 the factory introduced a heating system that reduced carbon emissions by 40 per cent, saving 15,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Since 2008, the electricity supply for all Volvo Cars’ European plants has come from renewable sources.

End of Life Vehicle Reprocessing

Volvo Car UK complies with all its "producer responsibility" obligations in respect of End of Life Vehicle legislation, which was introduced in 2005.  Working with Cartakeback.com Ltd, the UK's leading scrap car recycling service provider, Volvo ensures that owners of Volvo cars have access to a convenient national network of scrap car recycling centres (Authorised Treatment Facilities), when finally scrapping their cars. These scrap car recycling centres depollute and recycle cars to high environmental standards. The service is free of charge to the owner of the scrap car, who is issued with a statutory DVLA Certificate of Destruction, absolving them from any tax liability for the old car.

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