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Corporate Social Responsibility - What we do
We’re committed to being a sustainable, ethical and caring company. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a vital part of our business and we’re extremely proud of the positive contribution we make.
Our CSR work is split into four key areas: The Economy, Our Community, The Environment and Our People. We put our people in the driving seat and give them the opportunity to shape our CSR agenda, meaning that we’re making a positive, valuable and sustainable contribution to our customers, our people and in our local communities. As part of the BNP Paribas Group, we also support the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals - the blueprint to achieving a more sustainable future for all.
Arval is fully committed to operating in an economically ethical way. We focus on developing sustainable products, services and tools for our customers and offer expertise on key areas such as diverse vehicle technologies and SMaRT consultancy.
Products such as Arval Active Link, our telematics solution, helps our customers to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve driver behaviour. It also includes fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions monitoring so that customers can compare the performance of different vehicles in their fleet – helping them to make better decisions when it comes to environmental impact. On top of that we’ve come up with an Alternative Technology Calculator which helps our customers and drivers to decide which fuel type would suit them in a new vehicle.
We’re fully committed to working together with our Suppliers to ensure we deliver our CSR in a meaningful way. We do this by consistently engaging with our suppliers and developing action plans to maintain and enhance the delivery of environmental, sustainable and socially aware products and services both now and into the future.
We’re great believers in giving something back to our community and our people are always willing to get involved. That’s why we support a whole host of good causes through community education programmes, fundraising and volunteering.
Everyone at Arval can take 2 days a year to volunteer for a cause that’s close to their heart. And when it comes to fundraising, our people don’t just support charities, they choose them, organise events and personally raise the money for them. In 2018 alone, 426 of our employees gave up over 2,500 volunteering hours for a good cause, and raised over £40,000 for 41 different charities.
We also run programmes such as Arval Inspires – where our employees use their expert knowledge and skills to support and develop students from local Swindon schools to improve their business skills.
One of our big passions is Road Safety and we sponsor the Global Fleet Champions programme run by national road safety charity Brake and support educational programmes such as Safe Drive, Stay Alive Roadshows, which teach young adults from around Wiltshire and Dorset how to stay safe behind the wheel.
We also published a free guide for people in our community that offered top tips on how to keep safe on the roads.
We know that the success of our company depends on our people. We want to attract the right mix of skills, talent and diversity, create a healthy and safe working environment and provide our employees with all of the opportunities, training and motivation they need to be the best that they can be.
Health & Wellbeing to us is about being emotionally fit as well as physically fit. That’s why we don’t just have an on-site gyms and support fitness for our employees - although we do that too! We encourage group activities to connect our people, such as choirs and book groups, provide free fruit to promote healthy eating, and have a network of trained Mental Health advisors to provide emotional support and guidance for colleagues when they may need it the most.
We know that most people don’t like to stand still in their careers. So we give everyone the opportunity to grow by providing a whole host of learning and development opportunities. And by making sure there’s something for everyone, we give all of our people the chance to shine.
We’re very proud to be an inclusive employer. We work hard to ensure that everyone has the same opportunities and that each and every person in the company is treated fairly – it’s not just that it makes good business sense or that we’re fulfilling our legal obligations, it’s because we know it’s the right thing to do.
You can take a look at our latest Gender Pay Report or watch our video on diversity and inclusion below.
In our industry, it’s vital to be responsible and mindful of the affect our work can have on the environment. So at Arval, we’re always looking at ways we can reduce, reuse, recycle and minimise our carbon footprint, as well as helping our customers be more environmentally-friendly.
As a vehicle leasing company with a fleet of over 165,000 vehicles in the UK, we offer hybrid, plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles so that our customers, their drivers and our employees can choose vehicles which limit their environmental impact whilst still meeting their needs. Over the last year we have seen a steady increase in the number of diverse technology vehicles being adopted by fleets and drivers alike, all helping to lessen the impact on the environment.
We’re at the forefront of diverse vehicle technologies - including leading on initiatives like The Hydrogen Hub, the UK’s largest hydrogen vehicle trial. As part of this, we’re using hydrogen cars ourselves and leasing some to local customers. This gives us the edge when it comes to understanding this innovative, zero carbon technology – knowledge we can use to help our customers and lower our environmental impact. We want to inspire vehicle users of the future and are actively using our work in the hydrogen vehicle world to educate our customers and the wider community.
But it’s not just about the big picture. Little things can have a big impact too. That’s why we promote ‘Reduce, Recycle and Reuse’ at all our sites, focusing on eliminating single use plastics, starting with plastic drinking cups and slashing the amount of paper we use.
We’re delighted that we’ve retained our ISO 14001 certification this year. This environmental management standard makes sure we have effective environmental systems and policies in place and we manage and monitor our environmental impact.
And all three Arval UK sites now use energy from a renewable energy supplier, further reducing our footprint.
An Overview of 2018
As the old saying goes, the proof of the pudding is in the eating. So, here are just a few examples of how we made a difference last year. Click the download button below to view the infographic. For our 2017 summary, click here.
Source: Arval UK June 2019
We’re part of the BNP Paribas Group, which means we’re proud to play a key role in supporting the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals that are the blueprint to achieving a better and more sustainable future for all. The Goals work together to address the wide range of global challenges we face, including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.