The time is ripe for sustainable solutions.

Globalisation, urbanisation and neo-ecology – the transport sector is influenced by a broad range of trends. As a result, many of its processes are becoming quicker and easier. Yet many things are also becoming more complex, and others more difficult. What all trends have in common, however, is that they place sustainability at the heart of corporate management.

Whoever has the will, will find a way. Whoever lacks the will, will find an excuse.
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Internally and externally, in Germany and beyond – sustainable action forms part of the company DNA and is firmly anchored in the foundations of our family-run business. In July 2016 BPW reaffirmed this commitment by signing up to the UN Global Compact. The UN Global Compact is the world’s largest and most important initiative for responsible corporate governance. It was established in 2000 by the then Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, and represents a voluntary commitment towards a global economy that is inclusive and sustainable. It is based on ten universal principles in the spheres of human rights, labour standards, the environment and the fight against corruption. Each year, all of the approximately 10,000 members around the world document their activities and development in a progress report. BPW published its first progress report in 2017.

More than just lip service

As one of the innovation leaders in the industry, BPW fulfils its environmental responsibilities in a holistic and forward-looking manner. New sustainable products, mobility offers and modern services characterise the service package put together by the international mobility and system partner for the transport industry in order to meet today’s requirements. This ambition also informs the latest developments in the field of alternative, emission-free drive concepts, namely the award-winning eTransport electric drive axle and the recuperative ePower wheel-hub generator. “Solutions that can be quickly realised to combat the looming traffic gridlock in our cities are a key topic for us. We are committed to reducing emissions. By helping to save fuel, boost transport efficiency, reduce the wear of spare parts or increase safety on our roads, all our developments consistently focus on sustainability,” reports Uwe Frielingsdorf, personally liable managing partner of BPW.

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“While sustainability also works in smaller steps, it’s the big steps that achieve the goal more quickly.”

Measured against its own ambition

Also internally, there is an ongoing commitment to the environment – sustainability does not stop at the factory gate. On the contrary, the BPW Group’s facilities are pillars of sustainability. The environmental impacts of production are being continually and systematically reduced, and alternative energies are being actively promoted. For example, some of the electricity consumed by headquarters in Wiehl is hydropower that is generated from a mill race, which is a practice that follows a long tradition. Already at the beginning of the last century, the production plant was being supplied with hydroelectric power. Against this background, the company is particularly committed to protecting the ecosystem of the Wiehl mill race. By working together with biologists and ecologists, we have continually improved the water quality, and thus safeguarded the habitat of native fish species. Solar power is used alongside hydropower: the roofs of the production halls have been equipped with photovoltaic systems that already cover a large portion of the electricity demand in manufacturing. This example has been followed by, among others, the subsidiary BPW Axles in South Africa, which has likewise invested in a solar system.

People as the top priority

Beyond the environmental aspects related to products and production, sustainability is regarded as extending to social themes. BPW is accordingly investing more in its personnel management and employees. For many years the Group has given targeted support to social projects that promote the well-being of its employees and the people living in the vicinity of its international sites. Another priority is a comprehensive range of health services. Fitness courses, nutrition programmes and information events, for example for stroke prophylaxis or a healthy back, have been on offer in Wiehl for years. They have proved highly popular and are well attended by employees. In addition, the company’s own health insurance company, BKK BPW, assumes part of the costs of many healthrelated extra services, such as osteopathic or homeopathic treatments. With these and other measures, BPW is addressing pressing current and future challenges, and is facing the necessary changes as a company that is constantly evolving.

ePower: Energy recovery on the trailer

Diesel-powered refrigeration units are increasingly being criticized for their noise emissions and their considerable fuel consumption. The BPW Group has therefore developed the innovative hub generator ePower, which recuperates energy during the braking process.

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