Creating safer roads for our people and local communities
With a significant fleet and colleagues and their families on the road around the world, road safety continues to be a top priority for our company. We are aligned with the UN SDG’s ambitious target of halving the global number of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes by 2020.
We recognize that most underlying road safety risk factors are ultimately within human control. Collective action to address these factors is critical to achieving the SDG target – and we believe the private sector industry has an important role to play. We also recognize that impaired driving is one of the important road safety risk factors to address. Eliminating drinking and driving is an essential component of our smart drinking commitments and our company Dream in creating a better world. We believe that when you drive you should not drink, so we fully support all targeted legislation and enforcement measures to reduce impaired driving, including strict Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) limits and enforcement.
Partnering to achieve impact at scale
Our road safety partnership with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) continued across 2019. We launched the Management Practices for Safer Roads Toolkit, which provides stakeholders with an open source methodology for improving road safety. The toolkit outlines best practices for data collection, identifying key risk factors linked to road traffic accidents, corrective measures and impact measurement. The toolkit is an interactive e-learning tool that can be used by government officials, road engineers, planners and policy makers from the public and private sector. It highlights case studies and best practices from different countries across continents including Brazil, China, the Dominican Republic, India, Mexico and South Africa, thereby ensuring the feasibility of its recommended measures and its application in various contexts.
In 2019, we committed to extending our partnership with UNITAR for two more years with a continued commitment to work together and with other stakeholders to deliver impact. Phase two of the partnership will focus on empowering and supporting road safety stakeholders to implement toolkit best practices, with a focus on identifying and implementing technology solutions that can deliver transformative impact at scale. This includes a strategic collaboration with UNITAR and the municipality of Shanghai in China that will apply digital innovation to identify and test solutions to road safety challenges. For more information about UNITAR, visit: https://www.un-roadsafety-learn.org/
We also continue to chair ‘Together for Safer Roads’ (TSR), a coalition of private sector companies working together to tackle road safety challenges through knowledge sharing, demonstration projects and data sharing. In 2019, we collaborated with TSR in road safety initiatives in Houston, Texas and New York, New York. For more information about ‘Together for Safer Roads’, visit www.togetherforsaferroads.org
Our partnerships extend well beyond global relationships, with our family of local companies engaging with local partners to implement road safety solutions specific to their market. For example, in Brazil, our local business Ambev has implemented Road Safety programs since 2014 in Sao Paulo and most recently in 2017 we rolled out programs in Brasilia, with a focus on applying technology solutions for greater impact.