Mercury Marine has released its 2018 Sustainability Report and supporting video highlighting the company’s investment in protecting the environment, preserving energy, manufacturing world-class products, supporting our people and communities and creating a sustainable climate for everyone. The annual report shows that, in each of the major categories of its sustainability initiative, “Mercury continues to meet and exceed its aggressive improvement goals,” according to a press release from the Fond du Lac, Wis., marine engine and accessories company.
Mercury Marine’s sustainability initiative has four pillars/goals. They are:
Energy: Achieving greater energy efficiency by implementing energy-reducing projects, promoting best practices in energy management and employing new energy technologies.
Environment: Preserving the natural places where customers use Mercury products for work and play; decreasing the use of natural resources through conservation, redeployment and recycling; and returning purified resources to the planet whenever possible.
Product: Minimizing engines’ impact on water, land and air — recognizing the need for an unspoiled environment in which to live and enjoy Mercury Marine products.
People: Helping people who relate with Mercury Marine — employees, partners, customers and the communities where Mercury operates — to enjoy happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.
“We know the marine industry, with its dependency on clean air and water, is a natural priority for sustainability and we want everyone around the marine industry to know it’s a better place because we are here,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president, in the release. “We don’t just want to be a marine propulsion business, we are a socially responsible business that makes communities here, in China, Europe, South America and around the world better; we think that’s important.”
Mercury’s new V-6 and V-8 four-stroke outboard engines are highlighted in the report for “having raised the bar in the marine industry relative to sustainability, innovative technology and environmental stewardship,” the release stated. In addition, “Mercury employees continue to set new benchmarks for community support around the world in communities in which they live and work and where our products are used.”
John Pfeifer: “We don’t just want to be a marine propulsion business, we are a socially responsible business.”
Since its first sustainability report to the community in 2011, Mercury’s sustainability efforts have progressively evolved to the point where the company is pursuing ever more aggressive goals and objectives.
“Sustainability is important as we set out to pursue our goals and be a marine leader,” said John Buelow, Mercury Marine vice president of global operations. “That means doing everything from having a positive impact on the environment, the products we develop and take to market are as clean as they can possibly be, how we operate our operations, and protecting the planet and having a positive impact on everyone we touch.”