Simplifying our sustainability report
An easy-to-understand guide to our ambitions, our reasons, and our efforts so far
Sustainability isn’t only about taking preventative measures or implementing change, it is about education and research.
And the release of our second Sustainability Report isn’t just about showing where we’ve improved over the last 12 months or highlighting the areas where we need to be better, it’s about educating fans as to why we are doing it, what it means, and how you can play your part.
At 48 pages long, the report is packed full of information, which can be overwhelming and hard to understand, so it’s essential to break it down and make it easier to take in. The report is broken into four key topics: our sustainability pillars. We’ve listed each one below, simplifying what they mean, laying out our long-term ambitions, and highlighting a few of our key achievements so far.
We have already reduced our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 22% against our 2019 baseline
We want to halve emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2040 whilst using our platform to educate on climate action.
Extreme weather isn’t just having a devastating impact on the most vulnerable countries in the world, it’s also hitting much closer to home in the microcosm of motorsport. By working towards becoming net zero, we can reduce and eliminate the risk on our team, our drivers and our fanbase at races, and protect the amazing communities that host us.
Our efforts so far
Our efforts have already included a 22% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions against our 2019 baseline, including a 9% decrease in air freight emissions, and we’ve saved enough electricity to power 100 average UK homes in a year. This has been achieved through using fewer materials to construct our F1 cars and changes such as converting lights to LEDs and transporting more race equipment by sea freight.
A circular economy means minimising the resources we consume and the waste we produce, and maximising their value
Accelerate the transition to a more circular economy, including the development of a fully circular F1 car.
A circular economy means minimising the resources we consume and the waste we produce, and maximising their value - particularly in the construction of our F1 cars. We can do this by using materials for longer and disposing of them correctly. This relates to 36% of our GHG emissions, so is critical to achieving the net zero targets we listed above, reducing our environmental impacts, saving costs, and improving efficiency.
Our efforts so far
By reducing our construction waste, more efficiently using our resources, and better managing our materials, we’ve seen a 19% reduction in total waste. We have also saved 387 coffee cups a week and prevented 880 meals from going to waste by eliminating single-use plastics and donating unused food from the MTC.
By 2030, we aim to have 40% of our employees come from under-represented groups
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We want to be the most diverse and inclusive team in the sport. By 2030, we aim to have 40% of our employees come from under-represented groups.
Not only is it the right thing to do, but it will also make us much stronger as a team. A more diverse and inclusive team is a more innovative and creative one, making them better at problem-solving and collaboration. Put simply, it’s a performance differentiator, and by leading in this space, we hope to break down barriers and inspire the next generation of talent.
Our efforts so far
There’s a long way to go, but in 2022, 33% of new starters came from underrepresented backgrounds. It’s not only about who you employ, though, it’s about creating the pathways in the first place. As part of these efforts, we launched the McLaren Racing Engage alliance in 2021 and reached 4,000 students at events supported by our STEM Ambassadors. And our STEM day programme is set to be rolled out across UK schools as part of a collaboration with F1.
Mental health first aiders have become a pivotal part of our support structure
Health and wellbeing
Promote and support the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our people and the communities we impact.
How can we expect our team to perform at their maximum if their physical and mental health and wellbeing aren’t at the same level? Motor racing is a high-pressure and fast-paced industry that can take its toll on people, so we need to be sure we are supporting our people and keeping them at their best.
Our efforts so far
Mental health first aiders have become a pivotal part of our support structure, but our people must feel confident they can go to them. One way of achieving this is by giving them a choice of who to speak with, so 6% of our team are now mental health first aiders. Education is also a critical part of this, and we offer webinars exploring the health & wellbeing pressures faced by our Operations team, which have so far been taken up by 40% of the team.
You can read our second Sustainability Report in full here.
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