Environmental protection is one of the priorities of Škoda, which in its Sustainability Report for the period 2019/2020 presented all the results achieved, together with information on social responsibility projects. The Report also describes Škoda’s governance, corporate culture and integrity tools, including volunteer programs and oversight of compliance with company rules. In the NEXT LEVEL business plan – Škoda Strategy 2030 just unveiled, the Bohemian manufacturer has made its sustainability goals even more ambitious, placing greater emphasis on diversity.
Škoda’s sustainability objectives are embedded in the Green Future strategy, which is based on three pillars – Green Factory, Green Product and Green Retail – and aims to minimize the company’s carbon footprint. Since the beginning of 2020, Škoda has recycled or heat treated all of them single-use waste generated during production. Added to this is the shift to the use of carbon neutral energy for the production process, which will be completed over the course of the decade in all Czech plants. Among these, Vrchlabí stands out, powered by green electricity since the end of 2020. By 2021, moreover, Škoda will abandon natural gas to switch to carbon neutral methane produced in biogas plants. The approach of the Czech company embraces the entire value chain, and where possible Škoda exploits the potential of technology and the principles of industry 4.0: the AI OPTIKON app, for example, determines the ideal positioning of pallets in containers, and only in 2020 it saved 505 containers and around 180 tons of CO emissions2.
Škoda also promotes the long-term sustainable development of the region and the areas surrounding its plants, mainly in the areas of welfare, health and environmental protection. All social responsibility projects have four main objectives: road safety, technical education, barrier-free mobility and assistance to disadvantaged children. An opportunity to make a concrete contribution came from the emergency linked to the pandemic: in the Czech Republic, Škoda made available to employees of humanitarian organizations and medical staff over 200 vehicles on its “HoppyGo” car sharing platform and 150 scooters. electric through the “BeRider” eScooter service; donated 100 Octavia to various humanitarian organizations, as well as having developed and implemented a 3D printing process for the production of FFP3 respirators; and supported the purchase of connected laptops for children from disadvantaged families, helping them to participate in distance learning. Further examples: “A tree for every car” is a long-term corporate social responsibility campaign promoting forest restoration in the Czech Republic. Since 2007 Škoda has planted a tree for every vehicle delivered to the Czech Republic; at the end of 2020, all of these trees covered an area equivalent to that of nearly 295 football fields. Škoda’s commitment is recognized on several fronts, as evidenced by the fact that in 2019 it became the first company ever to receive the Responsible Foreign Investor Award, an award given to companies with foreign capital that make a significant contribution to development of the Czech economy through its investments. Since 2005, Škoda has regularly reported its activities within the Good Corporate Governance and complies with the Global Reporting Initiative’s GRI Standard Core Option, meeting international guidelines for transparent reporting.