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The group has been committed to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact since 2005. Between 2005 and 2012, the group joined the learning platform in order to attain GC Active level, which it achieved in 2013. This means that the group must comply with the communication and monitoring obligations laid down by the United Nations Global Compact, notably including a statement by the chief executive of the company outlining continued support for the Global Compact, a description of the practical steps taken by the company and a measurement of the outcomes.
In 2007, the group committed to an ecological approach by producing an environmental charter, which was certified in June 2008 by the independent certification body Bureau Veritas. The charter has since been audited annually by this body, and recertified every three years. It was updated in 2014, and the next three-year recertification will take place in 2015. This charter outlines the group’s objectives in eight fields: water, energy, air emissions, biodiversity, waste management, environmental awareness and responsibility, risk prevention and management, and applicable environmental principles and regulations.
Since 2009, each of the group’s European operational subsidiaries has obtained ISO 14001 certification (environmental management system). The certification is audited annually by Bureau Veritas, and revalidated every three years. This certification specifies a series of specific requirements for implementing an environmental management system to ensure that environmental impacts within the context of the group’s activities are contained. In particular, in the framework of the ISO 14001 certifications, the compliance of the group’s sites with regard to pollution was verified and validated. Finally, training and awareness initiatives for those involved in the ISO 14001 approach are in place across the group’s European subsidiaries.
Furthermore, someone has been appointed from each of the group’s operational subsidiaries to handle and monitor environmental matters and environmental assessment and certification procedures.
In recent years, Europcar has made constant progress in reducing the environmental impact of its own activities, and has encouraged its franchisees to follow its example. At the same time, the group has refined and increased the monitoring of its key environmental indicators in order to have more accurate and detailed data on hand.
Europcar’s environmental charter has been certified by Bureau Veritas for the past five years. By the end of 2013, Europcar’s seven European subsidiaries had all obtained ISO 14001 certification. Programmes to raise awareness and provide training in environmental matters are also in place across all these subsidiaries.
The group has also taken measures to protect and encourage biodiversity, particularly through its 2013 partnership agreement with WeForest, with which it is involved in a reforestation programme.
Through this programme, the group gives its customers the opportunity to offset their CO2 emissions when they rent a Europcar vehicle. The funds collected are intended to pay for sustainable energy projects. WeForest is an international non-profit making organisation committed to combating climate change. Its work involves permaculture-based sustainable reforestation projects throughout the world. Incorporating a carbon emissions offsetting programme of this kind at the vehicle reservation stage actively involves Europcar customers in the group’s environmental approach.