Environmental and Social Responsibility

Environmental Responsibility

 

Unidas has several initiatives focused on environmental sustainability:

  • Water consumption: all conventional bathroom faucets were replaced by automatic faucets, which research shows may lead to up to 70% savings. At the same time, an internal communication campaign for shared areas at the head office and RAC and used-vehicle stores raised awareness about the use of water. The head office‘s total water consumption was reduced by 15%, on average.

 

  • Electricity: We fitted timers to control air conditioning units and split air-conditioning models were replaced by self-contained models, which are more efficient for cooling medium and large commercial spaces.

 

  • Campaign for responsible use of printers: password-controlled printers were introduced.

 

  • Auto-rental stores (RAC) and used-vehicle stores (SMV);

 

  • Investments in LED spotlights for stores and head office;

 

  • Timers fitted to facades (totems and gateways);

 

  • Wax rather than water used to wash cars – saving 50 liters of water per car on average;

 

  • In more extreme cases, when rinsing is required, we are re-using water.

 

  • Note that Unidas vehicles show low average age and mileage; most have flex-fuel engines and are regularly maintained so they are more efficient and less pollutant, resulting in a less environmental impact.

 

In April 2017, Unidas was awarded second place in the Environmental Sustainability category with the project _Lavagem a Seco dos Veículos da Frota_ (‘Implementing the Waterless Car Wash Method to the Fleet Vehicles’, in free translation) by the Brazilian Franchising Association.

 

Auto-rental stores (RAC) and used-vehicle stores (SMV)

 

  • Investments in LED spotlights for stores and head office;

 

  • Timers fitted to facades (totems and gateways);

 

  • Wax rather than water used to wash cars – saving 50 liters of water per car on average;

 

  • In more extreme cases, when rinsing is required, we are re-using water.

 

Note that Unidas vehicles show low average age and mileage; most have flex-fuel engines and are regularly maintained so they are more efficient and less pollutant, resulting in a less environmental impact.

 

Social Responsability

 

Through the “United for a Better World” program, every year Unidas promotes the following internal campaigns with its employees:

  • The collection of school materials, food, toys and clothing for charity institutions and NGOs;

 

  • The donation of blood in association with Hospital Santa Catarina;

 

  • The distribution of Christmas cards for the Santa Claus in the Post Office campaign, through which socially vulnerable children write requests to Santa Claus and the Post Office sends them the presents (wherever possible).

 

We also make annual financial donations to organizations recognized for their social work , such as the Ayrton Senna Institute (www.institutoayrtonsenna.org.br), Doutores da Alegria(www.doutoresdaalegria.org.br) and the World Wildlife Fund – WWF Brasil (http://www.wwf.org.br) and Associação Instituto ProA (www.proa.org.br/).

 

Below, we list the actions taken by the Company in recent years:

 

2014

The Company donated a new vehicle to the Proação project. The non-profit organization assists children (0-7 years) removed from their homes through court order and promotes cultural activities for adolescents. All maintenance and conservation of the vehicle model Dobló shall be borne by the Company. The car will be used for the transportation of children and youth in educational and recreational activities such as school, doctor, dentist, swimming lessons and circus, among others.


2013

anking Solidario was an action whose main goal was to join efforts to raise donations for charities, encouraging all employees to adopt a socially responsible attitude, aligned with the guidelines of the Company. With this action, we raised a total of approximately 2,500 items from toiletries to toys, passing through food and clothing items, helping nine institutions in Brazil. Moreover, in 2013 the Company provided a vehicle to CREN – Center for Recovery and Nutritional Education – institution that treats malnourished children and adolescents and promotes educational activities for their families.


2012

The Company was responsible for proposing a program for 2,623 drivers from Nokia Siemens, aiming at reducing the number of accidents and insurance claims. Such program of traffic safety won the Global Award of Work Safety of Nokia Siemens Networks – NSN Safety Awards. With only 6 months of work, there was a 60% reduction of the number of accidents, a fall of more than 65% in cases of accidents with fatal victims, a decrease of around 15% in fuel consumption and the amount of tickets also dropped 40%.

At the end of 2012, we held a solidarity Christmas action in all units spread in Brazil, with the participation of all the Company employees – more than 600 – divided as groups, and they delivered donations to the following institutions: (i) Associação Mineira de Reabilitação (AMR), (ii) Caminhos para Jesus, (iii) Lar dos Meninos São Vicente de Paulo, (iv) Casa de Passagem e Amparo à Criança, (v) AACD – Unidade Santana and (vi) Casa André Luiz.