Cambridge UK and Chicago USA -- Leading sustainability software firm cr360 today announced that diversified automotive company JM Family Enterprises is using its technology to manage and improve its sustainability performance.
Ranked No. 21 onForbes’list of “America’s Largest Private Companies”, JM Family Enterprises’ primary subsidiaries include Southeast Toyota Distributors, the world’s largest independent distributor of Toyota and Scion vehicles, World Omni Financial Corp., a diversified financial services company, JM&A Group, one of the leading independent providers of finance and insurance (F&I) products in the automotive industry and JM Lexus, the largest volume Lexus dealership in the world.
Having embarked on an ambitious sustainability strategy, JM Family now uses the cr360 system to manage multiple aspects of its environmental data, from energy and GHG emissions to water and waste. It also uses the system to help drive environmental compliance. More than 60 users currently engage with the system regularly to monitor fundamental data across some 50 buildings.
“We have full confidence in the cr360 team. We know that as our needs evolve, cr360 will grow and change with us – they will help us identify advanced data management solutions to improve efficiency and make more progress every day,” said Cristina Hicks, Environmental Sustainability Manager, JM Family Enterprises.
Working closely with cr360 JM Family has developed an in-depth knowledge of how best to use the system and how to use it to address new data management and analysis challenges. It is currently exploring automated data entry, which will see JM Family move from 40 people hard-keying information each month to capturing utility data such as water, natural gas and electricity seamlessly through its cr360 system, through cr360’s partnership with Urjanet, the world’s first provider of automated utility data. This will allow employees to spend more time on analysing utility consumption data and identifying opportunities for improvement. This joint initiative will extend to capturing solar production data in the near future.
“JM Family has a longstanding commitment to growing its business in a way that respects the environment and contributes to society,” says Anthony Jenking, Managing Director, cr360. “Working together, they are able to use cr360 to measure the success of key initiatives, meet compliance needs and now to automate utility data collection to further improve sustainability. The success of JM Family Enterprises demonstrates the benefits that our advanced software can provide to every company looking to measure and improve its environmental performance.”
JM Family is continuously examining its carbon footprint in greater depth (including by using customised conversion factors), exploring specific aspects of its operations in detail in order to optimise efficiency and cut emissions. For example, it uses the system to help calculate the carbon intensity of its logistics operations, which encompass the transportation of vehicles, parts and accessories.
Elsewhere, JM Family has made use of the cr360 system to lower the number of waste collections made at the corporate campus by more than two thirds. It monitored the weight of the site’s trash compactor, only organising a collection when compactor was nearly 90% full. In addition to streamlining waste collections, this has also reduced traffic to the site and therefore emissions. JM Family is looking to roll out this initiative to other sites starting with their Lexus dealership. Additionally, JM Family’s Vice Presidents are increasingly using the system to gain greater visibility over key areas of the business – by means of high level performance dashboards – and using this information to inform strategy discussions.
To read a full case study on how JM Family is using cr360 to improve sustainability performance click here.
cr360 – formerly CRedit360 - provides companies with a 360-degree view of EHS, Compliance, Energy and Carbon, Corporate Social Responsibility and Supply Chain information. Our integrated software solution empowers companies to accurately capture, manage, and report the sustainability and EHS information needed to ensure compliance and drive performance across all business areas.
Headquartered in Cambridge UK, with offices in the United States and New Zealand, cr360 serves over 200 clients including Sprint, Nestlé, Philips, and McDonald’s, and is a recognized leader and innovator in sustainability & EHS management solutions. cr360 was recently named Top Product of the Year by Environmental Leader, won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, and has been listed as one of the 100 fastest growing technology companies in the Hiscox Tech Track 100 in 2014 and 2015.
About JM Family Enterprises, Inc.
Founded by Jim Moran in 1968, JM Family Enterprises, Inc., is a $13.1 billion company also ranked No. 34 by FORTUNE® as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For®, its 17th consecutive year on the list. JM Family has approximately 4,100 associates and is headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Fla. with major U.S. operations in Jacksonville and Margate, Fla.; Commerce and Alpharetta, Ga.; Mobile, Ala.; and St. Louis, Mo. Interact with JM Family at Facebook.com/JMFamilyEnterprises.