To mark Sustainable Development week - which in France will be from 1 to 7 April - 2012, Renault Trucks will be taking a look back at the initiatives it has undertaken for promoting the well-being of its employees, for reducing the impact of its businesses and its products on the environment and for developing a road haulage system which is responsible and beneficial to society as a whole.
Staff well-being and corporate policy diversity
Sustainable development also involves taking into account the well-being of those who are primarily concerned: members of the workforce. On this issue, the commitment given by Renault Trucks goes well beyond regulatory requirements.
With its drive to promote well-being in the work-place dating back to 2005, Renault Trucks is one of the first French companies to have set up a Stress Watchdog which, for the fourth time since it was established, has carried out a survey among staff. The results were sent to the divisions of the company where specific measures needed to be introduced. Between 2010 and 2011, the stress prevention policy has allowed around one thousand junior and senior managers and union representatives alike to receive training. Furthermore, in 2011, Renault Trucks earned the Volvo Group world award for Health, Safety and Well-being in the Work-place, in recognition of the work it has done on preventing stress in France.
As far as equal opportunities for male and female staff are concerned, a three-year company agreement has been signed for promoting equal opportunities in the work-place between men and women in four areas: recruitment, training, career development, and the balance between career and family responsibilities. This agreement goes to the heart of Renault Trucks’ policy on diversity. Within the terms of the agreement, initiatives will be taken to ensure a better male/female ratio in the job categories where one of the genders is either under or overrepresented, a professional network of female managers will be created and an automatic interview prior to maternity, parental or adoption leave will be introduced.
In 2011, women accounted for 33 % of the total number of people recruited (excluding temporary staff) and 28% of senior managers. Since 2007, the proportion of female staff has grown from 17.4 % to 20 % and is continuing to rise at a rate of 1 % per year. In 2011 the proportion of women in senior manager positions remained unchanged at 22 %.
Renault Trucks is also leading the way in terms of providing employment opportunities for disabled people. With the signing in 2010 of a 7th company agreement with the trade unions, the company has taken its initiatives in respect of equal opportunities, training, career development and job protection for those with disabilities to a new level. Renault Trucks has launched a special training scheme designed for managers which will run until 2012. In 2011 alone, more than 200 people benefitted from the scheme. In addition, 2011 saw the introduction of a considerable number of awareness initiatives. Amongst other things, these involved every manager talking about the subject of disability during departmental meetings; then came an interactive game to teach staff about disabilities as well as a brochure giving information on the rights of disabled employees which was sent to every member of staff. A film featuring first-hand accounts from a number of disabled employees was also made for staff to watch, theme-based workshops were opened to coincide with National Disability Week in France and the year also saw some original partnerships with the “grandes écoles” elite universities and colleges to promote better access for disabled students to higher education.
Finally, since 2004, Renault Trucks has been a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact which commits companies to the fight against corruption and to the defence of Human rights, of standards in the work-place and of the environment.
Making the environment a core issue at the production plants
In 2011, Renault Trucks carried out a thorough appraisal of greenhouse gas emissions from its plant at Blainville-sur-Orne in Normandy (which manufactures truck cabs and assembles medium duty range vehicles). In so doing, the company has anticipated future regulations and has even gone beyond what they will require. On the one hand, this appraisal has made it possible to identify the main causes of CO2 emissions at the plant, but also to see where savings have been made as a result of the investments in the production facilities over the last few years. For example, the total refurbishment of the cab painting workshop in 2010 has made it possible to achieve a reduction in emissions from this facility of approximately the equivalent of 6,500 tonnes of CO2 per year. Similarly, the new presswork unit which was put into service at the Lyon plant has been designed to reduce the consumption of resources such as oils (with, in particular, a system for detecting oil leakages), for the use of efficient energy saving equipment, for providing optimal lighting and for the waste sorting area as well as for limiting noise levels in the workshops.
The company has also acquired a computer system to allow it to carry out regulatory monitoring and keep a constant watch on the compliance of each one if its plants in respect of environmental regulations. It allows the action plans associated with the compliance targets set by the plant management teams to be carried out exactly as they should be. Among them, the Lyon site has set up an on-line training course, “Reception Quality Safety Environment” which has been included in the company’s training catalogue.
Throughout 2011, Renault Trucks has undertaken many initiatives at its production plants aimed at improving its energy efficiency: such as setting up a network of Energy correspondents, weekend security patrols at the workshops at Blainville-sur-Orne (Calvados), thermo graphic surveying of the roofing structures at Bourg-en-Bresse (Ain), as well as comprehensive energy analyses at certain facilities.
For a sustainable goods transport system
In 2011, and following several years of tests, Renault Trucks began full-scale production of its all-electric trucks with the Renault Maxity Electrique (3.5/4.5 tonnes), its hybrid vehicles (Diesel-electric) with the Renault Premium Distribution Hybrys Tech (19/26 tonnes) and has continued bringing its compressed natural gas vehicles (CNG) to market with the Renault Premium Distribution CNG. Several major retailers, working with leading transport companies, have started using these vehicles and have been contributing to the ongoing research and development work. A case in point is an experimental vehicle and the world’s largest 100% electrically driven goods vehicle, the 16 tonne Renault Midlum which was delivered in September 2011 to the French group, Carrefour.
Renault Trucks has continued to work very hard at promoting its fuel saving products and services and at reducing carbon dioxide emissions. There are several parts to its Optifuel Solutions: Optifuel Technology with state-of-the-art vehicles and technologies; Optifleet, a fleet management software program; Optifuel Programme which is a training course focussing on economic driving incorporating Optifuel Training and a software program for measuring and analysing fuel consumption Optifuel Infomax. This solutions package actually won an award in Germany as part of the first European Awards for sustainable development for transport. Furthermore, the company has started selling optimal fuel saving models such as the Renault Premium Optifuel 2011 tractor, with features including Optiroll, a controllable free wheel system connected to the speed regulator which makes maximum use of the vehicle’s inertia to reduce its fuel consumption. In 2011, a further 7,000 truck drivers and European fleet managers received training in how to drive economically and thus save up to 15 % in fuel. More than 14,000 people have been trained since 2007. Finally, Renault Trucks has also launched NavTruck, the first special heavy goods vehicle GPS application for Smartphones which makes the job of driving easier and also selects the optimal route allowing drivers to save fuel.