During 2005 the automotive industry experienced a challenging year. Higher oil prices strongly influenced development in many countries. European car manufacturers were also facing growing competition from Asia, along with tougher price competition in the US. The many global natural disasters that occurred during the year led to an increased global concern for environmental issues. This trend, coupled with higher fuel prices and an increase in environmental regulations and incentives, made the public consider fuel economy more than ever before.
Although Volvo Cars is a relatively small company in the automotive world, our brand is global and so is our influence.
Perhaps the most important challenge we face as a carmaker is to demonstrate how we can contribute to sustainable mobility.
At Volvo Cars this responsibility involves more than developing and supplying technology and knowhow. We also have a responsibility to market sustainable solutions to our customers. Furthermore, in partnership with other players, our aim is to develop solutions to problems that affect both the local and national infrastructures.
Since 2000, we have published an annual report describing how we are contributing to sustainable development. This year our Sustainability Report focuses on three areas;
safe and sustainable mobility
workplace health and safety
Our sustainability scorecard continues to show a positive trend but many future challenges face us. Global results can only be achieved through cooperation and partnerships, and this report serves as one of the tools in engaging with our stakeholders.
Read more and get the latest updates at http://www.volvocars.com/corporation/Sustainability.