During 2013, Fiat-Chrysler continued in its commitment to responsible and sustainable development and achieved significant new milestones in the environmental and social areas that deserve mention.
With regard to environmental performance, for example, we have reduced CO2 emissions per vehicle produced by more than 15% over the past four years.
At Fiat and Chrysler plants worldwide, we have also achieved 99% reuse of water in the manufacturing cycle, representing savings of more than 2.1 billion m3 of water in 2013.
Our approach to sustainability issues is widely recognized at the international level. For the fifth consecutive year, Fiat was included in the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability Indices World and Europe and we were recognized as the leader in Italy in addressing climate change with inclusion, for the second consecutive year, in the Italy 100 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) and Climate Performance Leadership Index (CPLI).
Expo Milan 2015, where we are Global Partners together with CNH Industrial, will provide another occasion to present the numerous eco-compatible solutions we have developed, demonstrating that respect for the environment and economic growth can and must coexist.
The Group also maintained its strong focus on safety. Recognitions received for product safety during 2013 included: a Euro NCAP 5 Star rating for the new Maserati Ghibli and Jeep Cherokee (Europe), an ANCAP 5 Star rating for the Fiat Panda (Australia), inclusion in the IIHS “Top Safety Picks” for the Maserati Ghibli and Fiat 500L and an NHTSA NCAP 5 Star rating for the Jeep Grand Cherokee 4WD (USA). In addition, the adoption of World Class Manufacturing standards by many of our suppliers, including those related directly to health and safety, has further extended the benefits to some 300 supplier plants around the world.
Social responsibility is another aspect of our activities that is very important to us. We believe firmly in the values of multiculturalism and diversity and, wherever we have a presence, we actively contribute to the advancement of local communities. Of approximately €20 million committed to local communities in 2013, for example, around 40% was for cultural, educational and training initiatives.
For every social initiative, we give priority to the involvement of local employees and suppliers in order to create jobs, stimulate the local economy and strengthen social ties within each community.
Finally, publication of this year’s Sustainability Report offers me the opportunity to reinforce a message that I believe is of fundamental importance. With completion of the integration of Fiat and Chrysler expected during the year, our commitment to sustainability will not diminish. On the contrary, it will be intensified with the involvement of more than 300,000 people around the world.
The Group’s targets and long-term initiatives planned up to 2020 are a tangible sign of our desire to maintain this commitment in the years to come, wherever we are present.
/f/ John Elkann