Page 5: Fulfilling a role within the local community
As part of the drive to create world class performance Jaguar recognise the importance of creating standards which best meet the needs of the wider community. This thinking is behind Jaguar’s focus on meeting the requirements for a healthy environment. The new car is based on company standards that prohibit the use of substances that have an adverse environmental impact. In addition, the car’s design is such that it meets the stringent requirements of the toughest exhaust and evaporative standards in the world. In preparing Halewood for the new X’ type, Jaguar set out to make the production process cleaner and more environmentally efficient than ever before. New initiatives included:
- introducing new, cleaner Paint Shop facilities and water-borne processes
- eliminating expendable component packaging
- creating a new Supplier Park next to the plant.
At the same time, improvements have been made to Halewood’s working environment, including better lighting, heating and ventilation. The plant’s energy consumption has also been reduced. A materials usage strategy has been adopted at Halewood which aims to
use only 100% durable, reusable, returnable packaging within the manufacturing process.
Commitment to the community
Jaguar’s commitment to the community is also strongly in evidence at a local level. Jaguar is developing relationships to integrate Halewood into the local community and the whole of Merseyside. Community Relations is a key part of the organisation’s corporate philosophy. This approach is exemplified in the process of re-skilling the Halewood workforce. As part of the overall training programme, over 800 employees spent a week involved in local community projects. These involved employees in:
- helping elderly local residents in pruning and redesigning their gardens
- designing and creating a school garden area
- helping to restore the grounds of a local church.
Jaguar employees are thus able to feel part of a caring organisation with a commitment to setting world class standards that cover all areas of production. They also know that wider aspects of running a world class business including concern for the environment and the local community.