FCA in Brazil: eco-sustainable commitment

L'FCA's eco-sustainable commitment in Brazil, in reference to the activities implemented with the aim of safeguarding the territory and in relation to the interventions carried out to ensure the well-being of the local population were the theme of an interesting round table held at Expo 2015, in the conference room of the Brazilian pavilion .

The FCA group (FIAT Chrysler Automobiles) is one of the absolute leaders in the world market of the automotive sector, with car brands such as FIAT, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Lancia, Abarth, Ferrari and Maserati but also companies of components and production systems , with the brands Magneti Marelli, Comau and Teksid.

The presence of the FCA group in Brazil dates back to the 1970s, with the FIAT plant in Betim - Minais Gerais and since then efforts to constantly improve business processes and practices to ensure sustainability towards the environment and towards the social fabric of the local population have assumed increasing importance.

Since 2011 FIAT's commitment has been shared with Chrysler and today the group has achieved a leadership position in the Italian, European and global sustainability indexes.

The environmental performance of the plants in Brazil has been reported since 1992. In 1997 the FIAT plant in Betim obtained ISO 14001 certification, in 2011 it achieved the goal of canceling the sending of waste to undifferentiated landfills and in 2013 it achieved the ISO 50001 certification. The jobs guaranteed to the local population are over 19,000 plus another 3,500 jobs created by the Jeep Automotive plant in Goaina, in Pernambuco.

In Betim, new machinery has been built to minimize the impact on the environment, such as the one that allows the recycling of polystyrene which allows to avoid 2,642 tons / year of CO2.

Another important investment made in Betim, for about R $ 4 million, was the one for the treatment of water discharges which today allows the reuse of 99% of water.

TO Campo Largo instead new systems have been devised for recycling of piovan watera and a Goiana a massive intervention was carried out to restore the local biodiversity, planting 38,000 new plants and creating new collaborations with local populations aimed at preserve the environment.

Another noteworthy initiative that has been successfully continuing for 10 years is "Arvore da Vida" (the Tree of Life), a program that includes social and educational, employment and family income support initiatives, also by strengthening local communities. .

Among the objectives achieved, the one relating to decrease in the school dropout rate of the local population, which went from 16% in 2004 to 1% in 2013.

To encourage the natural movements of the local fauna, special corridors have been created to ensure the passage of animals throughout the area around the establishment.

In 2014 FCA sold over 680,000 vehicles powered by Flexfuel and TetraFuel (corresponding to approximately 98% of sales), confirming the strong commitment in the field of biofuels.

Also in Brazil, FCA participates in the INMETRO program of the Brazilian government (PBEV - "Brazilian Vehicle Labeling Program") aimed at monitoring of vehicle consumption and 5 FCA vehicles fell within the 15 of the 2013 PBEV classification for theirs lower average consumption.

All the activities carried out by FCA in Brazil and in other areas of the world are described in detail in the Sustainability Report available in the appropriate section "Sustainability" of the official FCA website.

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