Volkswagen honoured with Environmental Award

Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) was presented with the SJM Flex Environmenal Award for the 6th time at the 2018 Exporters Eastern Cape Club Awards. 

Henning Jens, Finance Director at VWSA (centre) receiving the SJM Flex Environmental Award from Quintin Levey, Exporters Eastern Cape (left) and Deon Joubert SJM Flex (right)
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This award together with an OEM Merit Award for Entrepreneurial Flair were presented at the gala event held in Port Elizabeth recently. 

The SJM Flex Environmental Award Category recogises exporters that pursue excellence in environmental management and are ISO 14001 accredited. 

“This award is a recognition of our environmental programmes and it emphasizes our continuous efforts in being a responsible corporate citizen,“

said Thomas Schaefer, Chairman and Managing Director: Volkswagen Group South Africa.

In 2010 VWSA introduced an environmental programme, Think.Blue Factory which was aimed at reducing environmental footprint at its manufacturing factory in Uitenhage. The programme focussed on five main areas, Energy, Waste, Water, CO2 and Solvent Emissions. In 2017, VWSA managed to reduce its Energy consumption by 30%, CO2 by 28%, Solvent Emissions by 31% per vehicle produced. Water consumption was reduced by 54% and waste generation per vehicle dropped by 64%.

The Exporters Club was founded in the Eastern Cape 37 years ago and is aimed at organisations involved in exporting, either directly or indirectly, and for organisations with an interest in exporting. The Club has about 290 organisations on its database which include automotive, pharmaceutical, agricultural and services industries.

The judges for these awards come from varying backgrounds and represent different sectors in the Eastern Cape.

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