Dana Inc. - Sustainability - Protecting the Planet

Dana Earns Climate Protection Award from City of Columbia, MO

For Dana’s facility in Columbia, Missouri, USA, protecting the planet means using less while achieving more. In 2017, the company received the Mayor’s Climate Protection Award for Best Innovative Practices. The award recognizes companies and their employees for implementing innovative solutions that have successfully reduced energy consumption, promoted recycling and waste minimization, and greatly improved air quality.

Protecting the Planet - Dana Sustainability Efficiency and Energy Savings = Cost Savings
In order to reduce energy usage, Dana’s team in Columbia focused on three projects. The first was to install a heat-reclamation system that captured heat from two industrial air compressors and dissipated the heat inside the plant during colder months, which resulted in a reduction of natural gas required for heating by 10 percent.  The second project turned toward reducing energy usage from lighting. The team replaced existing fixtures with LED bulbs and compatible fixtures for an estimated savings of 115-thousand kilowatt hours annually. Lastly, the team conducted regular inspections and repair of air leaks at the facility, which has saved an estimated $4,000 in annual energy costs.

Waste Minimization and Recycling 
Eliminating land-fill waste and turning to recycling is an important way for companies to reduce their environmental impact. Dana’s Columbia team was given a target of 25 percent waste reduction. The team quickly went to work and implemented a system for recycling cardboard, paper, plastic, and pallets — diverting 100.32 tons of material from landfills and achieving a 71.94 percent waste —diversion rate. They were even able to donate T8 lighting replaced during the LED installation project to a local school district to enable reuse (and saving the school money). 
Reduction of Toxic Materials
Special permits are often required by automotive facilities using paint due to the chemicals that can be placed into the air. The team switched from solvent-based to water-based paints, which reduced the plant’s VOC emissions to the extent that an air quality permit for the operation is no longer required.


Dana’s commitment to the environment is detailed within its global Standards of Business Conduct, which emphasize Dana’s view that a profitable industrial enterprise and environmental protection are mutually achievable objectives. The company’s Environmental Management System (EMS) factors in social and financial impacts in addition to environmental protection to ensure our solutions are truly beneficial and sustainable for all stakeholders, including customers, shareholders, employees, suppliers, governmental agencies, and neighbors.

As the cornerstone of Dana’s EMS, the Environmental Policy commits to:
  1. Efficient natural resource consumption and pollution prevention
    Dana operations conduct focused workshops to map manufacturing processes; assess inputs into the processes in terms of environmental solids, water, energy, air emissions, and toxics (chemicals); and challenge the existing processes to remove, reduce, reuse, and/or recycle the process outputs to remove costs and minimize the associated environmental footprint.

  2. Compliance with applicable rules and regulations
    Dana operations undergo a rigorous internal environmental compliance assessment to review federal, state, provincial, and local requirements, as well as a robust internal corrective action system to remediate any deficiencies identified within the assessment.

  3. Conformance to customer and company expectations
    Dana manufacturing and assembly operations are required to obtain and maintain a certificated ISO 14001 EMS that includes pertinent EMS risk/opportunity assessments, operational control documentation, awareness and training, internal audits, management review, and external verification assessments.

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.

Water ConsumptionGHG CO2 chart


Chihuahua and Querétaro, Mexico

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.

Oakville, Ontario, Canada

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.

Gravatai, Rio Grande Do Sul, Brazil

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.

Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA

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.


Dana’s commitment to protecting the planet means building strong communities with a focus on improving the quality of life in the places where we do business. 

Founded in 1956, the Dana Foundation is a U.S.-based charitable organization that makes grants in the areas of education, health and human services, arts and culture, and neighborhood reinvestment.  

In addition to the grants made from the Dana Foundation, the company encourages its facilities and employees to volunteer and participate in meaningful ways to support their local communities. 

Matching Gifts Program

The Dana Foundation matches $0.50 of every dollar for employee charitable giving up to $5,000 for accredited educational institutions.

Academic Support
Dana believes in collaborating with the academic communities to advance both the automotive industry and improve the educational opportunities of students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math careers. 

Dana achieves this by offering scholarships, mentoring and sponsorships, as well as research collaborations with local universities.

Scholarships and Internships
Dana Excelling into Engineering Scholarship Program is a partnership between the University of Toledo College of Engineering, Dana Incorporated, and Toledo Excel.  The program is designed to give motivated students with an expressed interest in engineering the opportunity to increase their knowledge of and exposure to a variety of engineering careers and to enhance their academic preparation. The four-stage program begins after the completion of 11th grade and continues through the completion of a degree from the College of Engineering at the University of Toledo.

At the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia Italy, Dana’s Off-Highway fluid power group partners with students to develop internships focused on research activities associated with the students’ degree projects. The students come to Dana Reggio Emilia as interns and work in the engineering department or test lab to develop research on areas they will discuss in their thesis.  This collaboration enables students to learn more about fluid power.

Mentoring and Sponsorships
Dana partnered with SAE International and the SAE Foundation to bring the A World In Motion program to more than 1,800 elementary students in the Springfield Schools and Toledo Public Schools district. 

Engineers from Dana assist teachers each week in the classroom as they work through activities geared toward learning important principles in science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics (STEAM). Dana also sponsors FIRST robotics teams at local high schools to help develop the skills of students interested in STEM-related careers.

Research Collaborations
Dana has developed strong strategic research collaborations with local universities across the globe. The company has engaged its engineering team at the Dana Mechatronic Technology Center in a research collaboration with the Mechatronics Research Group of the Industrial Engineering Department at the University of Trento in Italy with an emphasis on developing controls for hybrid transmissions, as well as off-highway vehicle dynamics.


Pune and Chennai, India

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.

Chongqing, China

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.