Toronto, Ontario — Simplicity Car Care has announced that it has updated its Environmental and Social Governance (ESG) commitment to better align it with the ongoing development of the COVID-19 pandemic and global climate change.
The nationwide collision repair banner sent out a press release on Monday, outlining the ways in which Simplicity will address its environmental and social role in the Canadian collision repair industry.
“The climate alarm bells are ringing at fever pitch—scorching temperatures, shocking biodiversity loss, and polluted air and water and as an industry, we must take action immediately,” said Simplicity CEO Paul Prochilo.
As such, Simplicity has committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 45 percent by 2035 and becoming Climate Positive by 2045, as part of a three-phase plan.
The three phases of Simplicity’s emissions reduction plan are as follows:
Phase 1 – Direct Emissions Reduction: Eliminating the combustion emissions through fossil fuels of company vehicles.
Phase 2 – Indirect Emissions 1.0: Establishing a baseline of fossil and electric consumption in all collision repair centres and setting a strategy to reduce the consumption by 7 percent per year starting in 2023.
Phase 3 – Indirect Emissions 2.0: Review 15 components of the collision repair operations. This is inclusive but not limited to: impact of collision repair process, procurement fulfillment in supply chain, fuel and energy related activities, and waste generated in operations.
When it comes to fostering a more inclusive and diverse workplace, Simplicity intends to attain a 30 percent female-identifying and 50 percent visible minority composition for staff across the entire franchise system by 2030. Simplicity utilized the United Nations Sustainability Goals as the baseline for social governance.
“Simplicity’s message to all organizations in the collision repair space; Don’t wait for others to make the first move. Do your part. The climate crisis is jeopardizing the sustainability of our ecosystem to the extent that if we do not act and reverse our trajectory then the effects will be irreversible by 2050. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown a light on the inequalities across the globe. We must all consider the gender and racial inequalities prevalent all over the world and commit to providing solutions. Solidarity between industries, communities and the entire globe is required as it is currently missing in action.”