Interviews
21 Jun 22

Claudio Savino, Samsung Electronics: Corporate sustainability key to innovation

Since being established in 1969, Samsung Electronics has grown into one of the world’s leading technology companies. And one key strategy helping the multinational to continue innovating is maintaining corporate sustainability, according to Claudio Savino Junior who is the company’s Safety & Sustainability Leader in Latin America.

Besides adding value, maintaining sustainability helps to differentiate our products, procedures, and services, all of which supports us in being more competitive, according to Mr. Savino who oversees safety and sustainability throughout 27 countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Besides being an environmental and sanitation engineer, the executive has previously supported the environmental and safety strategies for companies such as Kelloggs, Sanofi, MSD, and more. 

Company

Samsung Electronics

Name

Claudio Savino Junior

Job Position

Safety & Sustainability Leader, Latin America

No. of Countries (Latam)

27 countries (includes Caribbean)

No. of Employees (Latam)

1,500

No. of Vehicles (Latam)

600


First of all, remember that social and environmental issues within business operations must be addressed as well as the economic aspect. For Samsung, this means that the company seeks economic results without neglecting the social and environmental impacts of its operations and actions.

In terms of reducing carbon footprint, "our ally today is the increasing number of people working from home which has brought down vehicle usage necessities,” says Mr. Savino.

However, there are other ways of being greener. For one, choose business locations which already have good public transport such as trains and buses. Safe and efficient mobility infrastructure such as lanes for bikes, scooters, and even walkways are also important. 
 
These aspects within Latin America can differ quite a bit between countries and even between cities within the same country. Besides mobility options, fleet managers need to be aware of road conditions as vehicles are needed in some areas.

Both mobility alternatives and good road conditions lack whenever you are operating outside the large cities, and this is pretty much true across the South Cone area (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay). 

Besides public transport, what lacks in many of these more remote areas are mobility options such as car sharing, car-pooling, or electric bike schemes, Mr. Savino says.

Although quite nascent in Latin America, one option growing in popularity in many countries is the transition to electric vehicles. However, according to the executive, it is still quite difficult to implement right now, and it is due to the cost of these vehicles, the lack of recharging infrastructure, and vehicle range concerns. 

Prices are just not viable right now and the structure of how vehicles are being supplied to the market today is not helping matters. 

Once a car is acquired, we have the issue of making sure drivers are assured he or she will be able to recharge throughout the day and have enough range to get where they want to get, the latter being different from each manufacturer.

Last but not least, I would like to say that we have learned something from the Covid-19 pandemic. “We have learned that everything can be rethought, adapted, and improved for the good of our collaborators. They are the engine that drives our company”.

For more insight on what is happening in Latin America, mark your calendars for July 5, the next Fleet LatAm Business Networking group meeting taking place online. (last meeting, face-to-face in Portugal)  

Authored by: Daniel Bland
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