"Our commitment goes beyond the tailpipe emissions of our cars - we believe that our responsibility starts with our supplier chain, through production, use and recycling, encompassing a holistic environmental approach," says Stephen Odell, President and CEO.
As of last year, Volvo Cars' Corporate and Sustainability Report is integrated into a single document to emphasize how important sustainability issues are in the company's everyday work. The report is divided according to the operation's focus areas of environmental care, safety and profitability, with each section containing key ratios and results from the past year together with a description of the vision for the future.
Recurring themes in the Report are the significance of cooperation and partnerships, as well as the importance of Volvo Cars' employees and team work to be successful. 2009 is a landmark year for the company with Volvo introducing seven DRIVe models that feature exceptionally fuel-efficient diesel cars with particularly low CO2 emissions. The company has also decided to start series production in 2012 of a plug-in hybrid that can be charged through an ordinary electrical outlet. In 2009, the Volvo XC60 continues to be a successful model, and the upcoming S60 is also being readied with a world first: Pedestrian Detection.
"The future we see ahead is one in which our cars do not crash and have no emissions that negatively impact the environment. And it's not a question of if we get there - it's a question of when," says Stephen Odell.