Volvo drives positive thinking in beating plastic pollution and plastic use with campaign in support of UN World Environment Day

Automotive Press Releases Wednesday June 20, 2018 12:44
Bangkok--20 Jun--Vivaldi Integrated Public Relations

Volvo Car Thailand hosts a beach cleaning exercise involving almost 200 Volvo executives and employees along with clients, dealership and media, who joint as part of Volvo's global campaign to defeat plastic pollution and over-consumption of single-use plastics

Volvo Car Thailand has joined Volvo's global campaign on reducing plastic usage, removing plastic waste from the environment and increasing awareness for the crucial worldwide issue of seaborne microplastics pollution in the ocean. Volvo has joined with the Saensuk Municipal Office to focus on removing plastic waste and other garbage from Bangsaen Beach, Chonburi Province. Volvo executives and staff, along with dealers and media guests, comprised almost 200 helpers who came to join this activity and collected 494 kg. of garbage! These were plastic, bottle, packaging, paper, wood, foam, food wrapper, glass, can, newspaper and bottlecap.

The Volvo Beach Cleaning campaign drives awareness and builds positive thinking among the local population, encouraging everyone to take care and show genuine concern for the beaches of Thailand, and to clean up where necessary. It is only if people change their behaviour to reduce plastic use (and not drop plastic or any other garbage in the khlongs, rivers or seas) that Thailand as a country can avoid destroying sea-life, endangering people's future and damaging the environment through plastic pollution.

Volvo Cars has taken part in a global beach cleaning initiative to raise awareness and help tackle plastic pollution in our oceans around the world. Over 850 Volvo Cars employees and dealership staff in 16 countries put down their tools, and instead picked up trash in aid of the 2018 United Nations' World Environment Day. Since it began in 1974, World Environment Day is dedicated to take action and care of the Earth. This year's theme is "Beat Plastic Pollution." According to the United Nations Environment Programme, over eight million tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans each year. If nothing is done to alleviate the situation, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.

Chris Wailes, Managing Director Volvo Cars (Thailand) Limited, says, "Thailand is one of the world's most prominent producers of plastic waste per capita and one of the world's heaviest consumers of single-use plastics by net volume. This beach-cleaning activity emphasises Volvo's wish to see changes and activation of the community, because we believe in Thai people and are concerned for our future should things continue along the current trajectory".

Volvo beach cleaning at the Volvo Ocean Race

Sustainability is in our DNA which is why we have been using the Volvo Ocean Race to implement beach clean-ups and bring further attention and action towards this fight on plastic in localities around the world. So far we have hosted 5 beach clean ups in Alicante, Cape Town, Hong Kong, Auckland and Itajai.

Volvo Car Group in 2017

For the 2017 financial year, Volvo Car Group recorded an operating profit of 14,061 MSEK (11,014 MSEK in 2016). Revenue over the period amounted to 210,912 MSEK (180,902 MSEK). For the full year 2017, global sales reached a record 571,577 cars, an increase of 7.0 per cent versus 2016. The results underline the comprehensive transformation of Volvo Cars' finances and operations in recent years, positioning the company for its next growth phase.

About Volvo Car Group

Volvo has been in operation since 1927. Today, Volvo Cars is one of the most well-known and respected car brands in the world with sales of 571,577 cars in 2017 in about 100 countries. Volvo Cars has been under the ownership of the Zhejiang Geely Holding (Geely Holding) of China since 2010. It formed part of the Swedish Volvo Group until 1999, when the company was bought by Ford Motor Company of the US. In 2010, Volvo Cars was acquired by Geely Holding.

In 2017, Volvo Cars employed on average approximately 38,000 (30,400) full-time employees. Volvo Cars' head office, product development, marketing and administration functions are mainly located in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Cars' head office for China is located in Shanghai. The company's main car production plants are located in Gothenburg (Sweden), Ghent (Belgium), Chengdu and Daqing (China), while engines are manufactured in Skoevde (Sweden) and Zhangjiakou (China) and body components in Olofstroem (Sweden).

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