We have identified multiple opportunities for AGCO to play a role in reducing energy use and carbon emissions generation. Manufacturing operations under our control offer one of the most meaningful and immediate opportunities to do so. AGCO is committed to producing our products in a less energy intensive manner. To that end, the Company has implemented a global environmental management system to track energy, water, waste generation and health/safety performance across our facilities. This platform and its centralized database provide a harmonious system accessible to employees from corporate headquarters to individual sites.
To further enhance our commitment to applying benchmarked practices in energy management, AGCO has become a U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR industrial partner. In conjunction with the ENERGY STAR partnership we have developed a corporate energy policy to bring more focus to our energy use across all facilities. These measures are designed to make it possible for the Company to achieve our goals to reduce both energy intensity and operational GHG greenhouse gas (Scope 1 & 2) intensity 10% by 2017. Key components of our energy policy include initiatives to reduce energy consumption, an increased emphasis on green building and purchasing, pursuing opportunities to secure competitive renewable energy sources, and measurement and tracking of energy performance for all relevant areas and equipment.
Water is an increasingly precious resource for communities located in nearly every corner of the world. AGCO is committed to reducing our use of water in manufacturing processes and utilizing water management practices. We track water and individual manufacturing sites implement water conservation initiatives targeted to meet local needs. These measures include capturing rainwater for use in facilities and incorporating water re-use strategies into industrial processes.
We are also enhancing manufacturing efficiency by finding ways to minimize waste in our operations. Waste outputs are tracked by weight, type and disposal method. Our tracking activities are designed to encourage recycling in plants, reduce the inflow of waste materials and reinforce lean manufacturing processes – all in pursuit of our goal to reduce operational waste 10% by 2015.
At AGCO the health and safety of our employees is paramount, and a safe workplace is fundamental to achieving our Company’s business goals. We work to create a safe workplace across our global operations by combining a unified vision, common goals and a system of accountability. To fulfill those objectives we have developed the AGCO Global EHS Vision and have implemented health and safety performance tracking in our environmental management system. We work purposefully to achieve continuous improvement across all measures of health and safety.
An important mechanism for driving improvement is our Focus program to foster Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) in the workplace. Closely connected to the AGCO Production System (APS), Focus emphasizes continuous improvement and individual responsibility for achieving high-quality results. The program is built upon a foundation of five core principles:
Involvement to make certain that all employees are actively involved in EHS work and share responsibility for ensuring a safe work environment
Prevention to reduce and eliminate avoidable injuries, illnesses and environmental harm
Continuous improvement that is measured, monitored, analyzed and shared
Education and training so that employees know safe methods for carrying out tasks and using personal protective equipment
Promotion and communication that reinforces the EHS culture, drives behavioral change and fosters dialogue, input and feedback
At AGCO we know that a diverse and inclusive workforce makes us a stronger and more competitive company. We value our differences and recognize that diverse perspectives yield business results by contributing to a balanced approach in addressing both opportunities and challenges. Currently, our diversity and inclusion approach places a strong focus on balancing the number of women at every level of the Company, with a special emphasis on increasing the number of women in leadership management positions. With this in mind, the AGCO Global Women’s Network (AGWN) is dedicated to training and developing women as promoters and growers of profitability. To promote hiring and advancement of women leaders AGCO also partners with external organizations, such as Women in Agribusiness and Women in Engineering, whose objectives align with our own goals to build a more gender-diverse pipeline of future leaders.