In line with ESG practices, Mercedes-Benz Brazil invests in urban farms, energy efficiency, preserved areas, and reduced paper consumption
Large industrial corporations in Brazil have been increasingly concerned with the sustainability of their production processes. Mercedes-Benz Brazil – which develops, produces and trades passenger and freight vehicles and parts – is no exception.
According to the Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Trucks and Buses at Mercedes-Benz Brazil, Roberto Leoncini, the principles of ESG (environmental, social and corporate governance) have always guided the company in over 65 years of operation in Brazil. “And now this goes beyond our core business of producing trucks and buses and developing services,” he says.
He adds that “Mercedes-Benz reaffirms its commitment to contribute to the development of the society in which it operates, thus ensuring quality of life, natural resources and security for a more sustainable future”.
Mercedes-Benz Brazil’s initiatives in this regard are in line with the strategy of the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) towards a low-carbon economy in Brazil that is based on four pillars: energy transition, carbon market, circular economy, and forest conservation.
As part of its Integrated Management Policy, the company is committed to protecting the environment, including preventing pollution and reducing the environmental impacts of its operations and continuously improving the quality of its processes, products and services while preserving the environment with an energy efficient approach.
Urban farm – The Urban Farm is a one of Mercedes-Benz Brazil’s sustainability initiatives that it is most proud of. The company has the first urban farm of its kind in the world running in industrial facilities, which is intended for the sustainable production of vegetables that are 100% free of pesticides for consumption by its employees. The greenhouse became operational at the São Bernardo do Campo plant in São Paulo in 2019, and it offers healthy food to the nearly nine thousand employees working at the site.
The farm has helped reduce consumption of natural resources for planting and harvesting; of the waste generated in the process; and has fully reduced CO2 emissions related to the transport of vegetables: the farm is next to the plant’s dining halls and no food is wasted in the transport process.
The Urban Farm project was designed in partnership with BeGreen, a sustainability startup responsible for managing the greenhouse routine. With the capacity to produce more than 2,600 kilos of produce – or 44,000 plants of vegetables, herbs and spices per month –, the Urban Farm also allocates a portion of its production as donations to institutions supported by Mercedes-Benz.
Industry 4.0 – Mercedes-Benz Brazil claims to be prepared for the concept of Industry 4.0, which also brings benefits to the environment. Changes were implemented in the electrical power supply, thus reducing energy consumption by 56%.
As process automation and digitalization gain ground, Mercedes-Benz Brazil managed to reduce paper use: in two years of Industry 4.0, Mercedes-Benz’s production processes have avoided the consumption of 10.4 million sheets of paper for printing in Brazil alone, which is equivalent to 146 trees standing.
As part of the Paperless project, the company uses technologies to avoid the consumption of paper both in its offices and in the assembly lines by replacing printed paper with information on screens and portable devices.
Mercedes-Benz Brazil also maintains more than two million square meters of preserved areas in the vicinity of its plants in São Bernardo do Campo (SP), Campinas (SP), Iracemápolis (SP), and Juiz de Fora (MG), which corresponds to the area of 266 soccer fields.