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Climate, Safety, and Leadership in Focus, According to Volvo Cars’ Sustainability Report 2007

July 14, 2008

GÖTEBORG, SWEDEN – Volvo Cars has published its seventh Sustainability Report. The report describes activities and improvements within the sustainability area for year 2007. This year’s report is divided into three main areas: environment with focus on climate change, safety with focus on active safety, and leadership as a means to improve performance.


Volvo publishes a Sustainability report each year. The purpose is to highlight different activities within the field of sustainability over the past year. The company’s efforts to fulfill the 10 principles of the UN Global Compact, which Volvo Cars signed in 1999, are also a focal point of the report.

This year, the report focuses on how Volvo Cars works to lower climate impact through efficiency, alternative fuels, and hybrid technologies. Also included in the report is work on vehicle safety, Volvo Cars’ most important asset. The goal is to protect all people in traffic situations including the driver, passengers, and pedestrians.

The third main area in the report is the importance of management and leadership for improvement. In this context, the focus is on how the company works with health and safety, diversity, suppliers, and quality. The report describes how continuous improvements within these areas will bring sustainability both to the company’s business and to society as a whole.

More information about Volvo Cars work with sustainability issues, including how the company complies with Global Reporting Initiative guidelines, can be found at

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