In 2011, in conjunction with the Peugeot and Citroën brands, PSA Argentina launched “Guardians of Education”. This is a countrywide programme that supports technical education by donating top-of-the-range, latest-generation national production vehicles to be used as learning tools. The region’s official dealership has also pledged to offer direct contact through training, talks and/or visits to the technical institutions that receive the vehicles.
More than 200 vehicles (Peugeot 308, 408 and Citroën C4, C4 Lounge) have been donated to technical schools, training centres and universities since the programme was set up. In views of the results obtained, the programme will be expanded. In 2016, its sixth year of implementation, engines will be donated with the same goal, teachers will be trained and vocational activities will be organised together with the dealership network.
PSA Argentina is able to carry out the programme thanks to its ties with the Ministry of National Education and the Department for Culture and Education of Buenos Aires. This reflects the Company’s main Social Responsibility goal of improving coordination between the public, private and tertiary sectors.
In line with the PSA Group’s environmental commitment, an Environmental Management System has been developed for the El Palomar and Jeppener plants, which are part of the Argentina industrial centre (PIAR). The system has been ISO 14001-certified since December 2000 (El Palomar) and March 2012 (Jeppener). Certification was also renewed for the third time in December 2014 by the Instituto IRAM for the Buenos Aires Production Centre in respect of the Palomar and Caseros plants’ Environmental Management System. The first maintenance audit took place in January 2016.
The environmental management system at the engine plant in Jeppener (Brandsen, Buenos Aires) is also ISO 14001-certified, and was recertified by the Instituto IRAM in June 2015.
Through its Energy Committee, the PIAR is currently working on task management in order to obtain the ISO 50001 (Energy Management System) certification and the ISO 14001 certification in official AUPE dealerships and in the spare parts plant in Pacheco. The PIAR is also making progress in terms of reusing water, expanding recycling lines and selling recyclable and/or reusable waste.
In November 2014, the El Palomar plant performed its first greenhouse gas (carbon footprint) inventory in full compliance with the ISO 14064-1, with the objective of obtaining this official certification in 2016.