Dana’s EMS provides the framework for establishing environmental continual improvement objectives to reduce energy (greenhouse gas emissions), reduce water consumption, and minimize wastes disposed within landfills.
The following graphs depict the enterprise view of Dana’s progress toward greenhouse gas emission and water reduction goals.
Dana’s Chihuahua and two Querétaro, Mexico, sites have obtained the Clean Industry Certification. Fewer than 20 percent of all facilities in Mexico have earned the certification. Dana is among a small group of companies in Mexico that have voluntarily committed to the highest standards of environmental stewardship. Through the certifications, Dana’s objective is to safeguard the ecological balance and allow the environmental agency to focus its attention, primarily, on those industries that could have the most potentially adverse effects on Mexico’s environment.
Dana’s Kerr Street location was certified as a silver recipient of 3RCertified by the Recycling Council of Ontario. 3RCertified recognizes organizations that take a leadership position in waste reduction and diversion. Properties are awarded certification on the basis of total points earned and verified through an onsite third-party evaluation.
Dana deployed a water-treatment process to remove ammoniacal nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium from the waste water and sewage produced by plant operations. The process was licensed by the local environmental protection agency as contributing to the recovery of the nearby Gravatai River and helping to improve the overall water cycle. After treatment, the waste water is redirected to Dana’s campus and used to irrigate nine land areas in the Gravatai industrial complex. Gravatai operations spread across 16 acres, creating a large, green campus with five major plants.
A series of projects have reduced the overall consumption of water from 2014 to 2017 by 44 million gallons. The volume of water savings is enough to fill 67 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Matching Gifts Program
The Dana Foundation matches $0.50 of every dollar for employee charitable giving up to $5,000 for accredited educational institutions.
Dana employees have engaged with rural communities by supporting women empowerment, community healthcare, and infrastructure development. Rural health camps organized by Dana volunteers were attended by more than 200 women and children in the village of Katarkhadak. A team of medical professionals, along with Dana volunteers, conducted medical check-ups and health awareness sessions. Medicine was distributed to those in need. The team says they are thrilled with their initial success to empower women, which was made evident by the people of Katarkhadak village electing a woman from the community as village head for the first time in history. Dana also erected a water filtration plant and is creating a pipeline for distribution to villagers.
Dana’s team in China supported remote rural schools by donating laptops and books in cooperation with Meng Foundation of Fudan University. The donated laptops are computers no longer in use by Dana and were sent to a national-level poverty-stricken county of Sichuan province.