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Johnson & Johnson Details Fleet Initiatives

July 09, 2015, by Paul Clinton - Also by this author

Chart via J&J.
Chart via J&J.

Johnson & Johnson reduced its fleet accident rate by 3 percent and cut carbon-dioxide emissions by 19 percent in 2014, according to the company's sustainability report.

Johnson & Johnson reduced its global crashes per million miles driven to 5.95 in 2014. The figure represents a three-percent drop from 2013 and a 7.6-percent increase from a 2010 baseline. The company has set a goal of 4.7 crashes per million miles under its Healthy Future program. The top crash, at 22 percent of the time, was "the other driver hitting the rear of our vehicle."

In 2014, the company's vehicle count fell about one percent to more than 28,500 vehicles globally, including vehicles owned by the company and leased from GE Capital Fleet Services. The company counts 7,924 U.S. vehicles.

The percentage of vehicles in crashes increased minimally to 11.62 from 11.55 in 2013. Additionally, the injuries per million miles rate increased by 11 percent to 0.1 from 0.09 in 2013, and remains well below the target rate of 0.2. The North American fleet was the only global region to lower this rate.

On Jan. 1, 2014, Johnson & Johnson implemented a mobile-phone and electronic device ban that prohibits hand-held and hands-free mobile phone use while driving a company-owned, leased or rented vehicle or while driving a personal car for a business purpose. Field representatives can spend between 40 and 60 percent of their work day driving their vehicles on company business.

To address high-risk driving behaviors such as speeding and harsh braking, the company has begun in-vehicle-monitoring pilots in the U.S. and United Kingdom. About 1,000 such devices have been deployed. So far, "the results are promising," according to the report.

Johnson & Johnson has implemented worldwide fleet safety standards and a standardized global assessment program known as ATLAS that requires executive management to monitor fleet safety performance, managers to implement safe-driving tools and accountability, SAFE Fleet teams in more than 70 countries, communication around top crash types, and tracking of safety metrics including crashes per million miles. The SAFE Fleet program, which was started in 1994, was put in place to establish a culture of safe driving.

Fleet safety benchmarking conducted in 2011 showed that Johnson & Johnson ranked second when compared to 13 other pharmaceutical companies. The company is on the board of the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS).

The report also detailed the corporation's efforts to reduce carbon-dioxide emissions in the fleet. J&J saw a 19 percent reduction to 142.8 grams per kilometer from the baseline of 177 grams per kilometer set in 2010.

Johnson & Johnson achieved the emissions reduction by increasing the number of gasoline-electric hybrids. The company's fleet in the U.S., Japan, and New Zealand led the reduction.

Read the full sustainability report here and a separate guide to Johnson & Johnson fleet safety here.

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