Environmental and Social Responsibility

Environmental Responsibility

 

Unidas has several initiatives focused on mitigating its impacts and environmental sustainability:

  • Water consumption: We are deepening our performance on the water theme, such as using rainwater harvesting, for reuse. As the most significant part of our consumption related to vehicle washing, in this sense we have dry cleaning implemented, when feasible, and in an expansion phase, in up to 30% of our stores. While on water washing we spend an average of 100L per car, on dry cleaning we spend around 1L of water. We replaced all conventional bathroom taps with automatic taps, which, according to studies, can save water up to 70% of consumption. At the same time, internal communications are made in the common areas of the Headquarters and the RAC and Used Car stores to raise awareness of water use. On average, the total water consumption in the Matrix was reduced by 15%.
  • Electricity consumption: In 2020, we started the project for the acquisition of photovoltaic energy serving all units (12 units) in the State of Minas Gerais, with the purpose of expanding to other states in 2021. We adopted the installation of a timer, which controls the time of use of the air conditioners, we also use the self contained air conditioning model which, unlike traditional splits models, is more efficient in cooling medium and large commercial environments.
  • Carbon Emissions: In 2021, we launched the Unidas Carbon Neutral Program, which aims to implement actions to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions according to the SBT (Science Based Targets) initiative. The purpose is that by 2028 we will be a carbon neutral company.
  • Global Warming: We are signatories of “Business Ambition for 1.5ºC – Our Only Future”, a global initiative promoted by the United Nations that seeks to limit global warming to 1.5ºC and encourage the establishment of ambitious targets to cut gas emissions in half greenhouse effect until 2030, in addition to neutralizing GHG emissions by 2050. In order to fulfill these commitments, we started to invest in the increase of flex and electric motor vehicles in our fleet, and we currently have more than 410 electric vehicles and approximately 93% of our total fleet has a flex engine.
  • Residues: Unidas has a reverse logistics project, designed by 3 young employees of the company. The project proposal focuses on the socio-environmental management of the Company’s supplier network. Considering that the automotive universe has an impact on the generation of pollutants due to the disposal of waste such as oil and tires, it is intended to outline intermediation strategies between workshops that generate potentially hazardous waste and companies that carry out the proper collection and disposal of these, in addition to raising awareness our suppliers through information and training on the importance and impact of ensuring the correct disposal, recycling or reuse of the waste generated, that is, promoting preventive and corrective actions in situations of incorrect waste management. The project was selected to participate in the Young Innovators in SDGs, an acceleration of ideas program aimed at young professionals who want to solve a business challenge and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Agenda 2030, which we are signatories. The program is led by the Global Compact in Brazil and in this edition it has the participation of 16 countries, with 27 projects registered in Brazil and 15 selected. We have also implemented control passwords for our printers at headquarters and stores.

 

We are currently gold seal in the GHG protocol – 2020 program, we are currently composing B3’s ICO2 (efficient carbon index) which aims to encourage IBrX 100 companies to measure, disclose and monitor their greenhouse gas emissions. Thus, companies are expected to prepare themselves to operate in a low carbon economy.

The Company announces that, following international environmental protection standards, we disclose our 2020 Unidas sustainability report (Portuguese Only).

 

Social Responsability

 

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

  • Elo Program: Aligned with our employees and, motivated by the partnership, we join with civil society institutions. Through dialogue and survey of their needs, the program provides the revitalization of the spaces of these organizations, trains employees and promotes improvements in internal and management processes. It all started with assistance to three entities, in Belo Horizonte, which gave rise to one of the most important initiatives of United Corporate Social Responsibility. Between 2019, 2020 and 2021 we assisted 31 institutions located in nine states, and served more than 8,000 people.
  • New Horizons: Aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 in conditions of social vulnerability in the communities close to our business units, in addition to people indicated by our employees. We seek inclusion through technical and professional education, through mentoring, classes, lectures and workshops with the aim of preparing these young people for entry into the labor market. We provide them with vacancies in courses offered by Senai, Senac and other reference institutions in the market (maintenance technician, qualification in automotive maintenance, administrative assistant; logistics, personnel management and techniques in negotiation and sales, among others) with the possibility of be part of Unidas’s young apprentice staff or be nominated for our supplier network. Our employees also participate in the program through mentoring, lectures and training supported by the company, contributing with technical knowledge for the training and professional qualification of these young people. During 2020, we helped to train 145 young people. In all, since the beginning of the program (2018), 395 young people have been served.
  • Campaigns: Food basket distributed to support families in situations of vulnerability due to the pandemic, about 7,103 food basket in 2020 and 2021 (equivalent to 85,236 kg of food) Blankets and hygiene kits about 2,138 homeless people attended.
  • V-Day: On the national volunteering day (August 28) we gathered 25 groups in 9 states, engaging 300 volunteers totaling 1200 hours of volunteer work. We deliver food, personal care products, cleaning products to institutions that shelter children, homeless people, the elderly and the community. Community actions were also carried out, such as planting a vegetable garden and cleaning the beach.
  • We seek to act in social programs where, through collective actions, involving a wide network of partners, strengthening and empowering leaders, promoting education and entrepreneurship, guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Agenda 2030. Likewise, we have an active participation in social programs of the Global Compact Brazil Network, to which we are signatories, such as in the UNHCR and UN Women empowerment program for refugee women. The Empowering Refugees Program assists women refugees from their countries of origin due to socioeconomic or political situations that they seek through professional training courses and preparation for the job market to change their reality, with Unidas being a potential hiring company.

 

Unidas also makes annual financial donations to organizations recognized for their social work such as Hospital Pequeno Príncipe (https://pequenoprincipe.org.br/), Olympico Club (https://olympico.com.br/) and Hospital da Baleia ( https://hospitaldabaleia.org.br/).