How Does Penske Give Back to the Community?

With a helping hand, on and off the job.

Using Our Strengths to Help Our Communities

When disasters strike, Penske trucks and its people are often right there behind the scenes working hand-in-hand with major relief agencies to help transport emergency relief and supplies. We’re also often supporting our customers and local non-profit groups with rental vehicles to further supplement grassroots efforts to help transport donated items to our neighbors and communities when they need them most.

In 2011 alone, we’ve helped major charities and relief organizations related to the southern tornadoes, floods, Red Cross fundraising for Japan’s earthquake relief, and many others. In years past, we’ve offered our strengths in transportation and logistics to support our communities, including the donation of $1 million of rental trucks to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund, to assist with the U.N.’s humanitarian relief efforts.

Along similar lines, we’ve worked with many charities over the years, including: Toys for Tots, Habitat for Humanity, Support Military Spouses, World T.E.A.M. Sports (disabled individuals and veterans), National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Juvenile Diabetes, Boys and Girls Clubs, Global Soap Project, Red Cross and so many others that are helped locally by our people and locations.

Looking Out for Our Neighbors

We encourage our employees to volunteer and support our communities. We're substantial supporters of the United Way, to which we and our associates contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars annually. We also support our people and the communities where we live and work through various donations and by volunteering our time, effort and resources to local community organizations.

One of our more visible charitable efforts each year includes supporting the NBC Today Show with our donated Penske rental trucks, storage, logistics coordination and personnel. Host Al Roker’s Lend a Hand Today charity effort delivers more than $1 million in goods and services to needy community organizations across the United States each year.

Helping Our Environment

We focus on responsible operations, improving fuel economy and reducing waste streams. As a part of our environmental commitment, Penske Truck Leasing, Penske Logistics and Penske Truck Rental all proudly participate in and support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay Transport partnership as affiliate, carrier and logistics partners.

How We Rate

Penske Logistics continually strives for environmental performance improvements. Penske Logistics’ dedicated fleet currently ranks in the top 20% of our carrier group for CO2 grams/ton-mile emissions, and the top 40% for NOx and Particulate Matter emissions. Additionally, Penske’s dedicated fleet has reduced idle time by 16% and CO2 emissions on a grams/ton-mile basis by 24%.

In the Logistics category, we rank in the top 40% of other logistics SmartWay Partners in CO2, NOx and Particulate Matter emissions on a grams/mile basis. Over 75% of the freight Penske Logistics manages is transported using a SmartWay partner, ensuring our customers that they are partnering with companies committed to efficiency and continuous improvement.

As affiliate partners, Penske Truck Leasing and Penske Truck Rental are committed to promoting the SmartWay partnership and educating them on the benefits of membership. Since joining the program in 2008, we have educated an estimated 11,000 people about the program through speaking engagements, meetings and webcasts, to encourage all our customers to participate and join the program. Most importantly, Penske helps customers spec and operate their vehicles to ensure they are demonstrating the performance improvements inherent to the SmartWay partnership, and even assists customer in completing their annual models detailing their performance for the prior year.

About SmartWay

The SmartWay Transport Partnership is an innovative collaboration between EPA and the freight sector designed to improve energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions, and improve energy security. Penske Truck Leasing, Penske Truck Rental and Penske Logistics encourage everyone in the transportation industry to consider joining this program.