NORTHBROOK, Ill., March 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Donlen, the fleet industry's most comprehensive and integrated provider of financing and asset management solutions, has been named a 2012 Honors Laureate in IDG's Computerworld Honors Program for its groundbreaking Fleets for Change® program.
As a premier provider of innovative fleet management solutions, Donlen identified a need for a change within the fleet industry and stepped forward to take a leadership position. Developed in collaboration with Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Fleets for Change exemplifies Donlen's commitment to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the fleet industry.
"The transportation industry is responsible for almost 30 percent of the overall greenhouse gas emissions in the United States," said Gary Rappeport, Donlen CEO. "Fleets for Change provides the reporting and benchmarking technology that will enable fleets to play a crucial role in a more sustainable future for all of us."
At no cost to companies who join and pledge to reduce their emissions, Fleets for Change will help transform the environmental impact of the commercial fleet industry. Launched in 2010, this initiative is expected to reduce fleet emission levels of participating companies by an average of 20%, generating a reduction of more than 500,000 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases in the first five years.
Member companies upload their fuel usage and mpg data into a secure database, where they can then track progress against their own goals and anonymously benchmark against similar fleets with regard to vehicle type and/or class, industry, and fleet size. Current Fleets for Change companies include Coca-Cola, IBM, HP, Xerox, and Maersk, to name a few.
Rappeport went on to say, "Access to this cross-industry fleet data is unprecedented in the fleet management industry, and will help companies create meaningful change within their organizations. We're extremely honored to be recognized by Computerworld for this important work."
"There's no question technology plays a vital role in driving business forward. It ensures an organization's ability to compete, innovate, communicate, and to thrive. What the Computerworld Honors Laureates so clearly demonstrate is technology's role in moving society forward. Computerworld acknowledges and applauds the outstanding work being done by individuals and organizations who have successfully used technology to improve the quality of our lives and that of future generations," said John Amato, Vice President/Publisher of Computerworld. "Computerworld is proud to name the 2012 class of Laureates and celebrate their initiatives benefiting society through the innovative use of IT."
For more information about Fleets for Change, visit www.fleetsforchange.com.
About Donlen Corporation
A wholly-owned subsidiary of The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), Donlen (www.donlen.com), with headquarters in Northbrook, IL, is the fleet industry's most comprehensive and integrated provider of financing and asset management solutions. Since 1965, Donlen has offered its clients highly personalized and responsive customer service, and their workplace excellence has been recognized as one of Crain's Chicago Business "List of 20 Best Places to Work in Chicago" each year from 2009-2011, a Leader on "The Global Outsourcing 100®" list by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) for six of the last seven years, a National Association for Business Resources "101 Best and Brightest Places to Work For in Chicago" each year from 2007-2012, the 2012 Stevie® Gold Award for "Business Intelligence Solution," the Silver Award for "Front Line Customer Service Team of the Year," and the "2011 Corporate Environmental Responsibility Program of the Year."
About The Computerworld Honors Program
Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies, as well as oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website.
Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,500 corporate and licensee locations in approximately 150 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 119 major airports in Europe. In addition, the Company has sales and marketing centers in 60 countries which promote Hertz business both within and outside such country. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Choice, Hertz #1 Club Gold®, NeverLost® customized, onboard navigation systems, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the Company's Adrenaline Prestige and Green Traveler Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition. In 2008, the Company entered the global car sharing market with its service now referred to as Hertz On Demand which rents cars by the hour and/or by the day, at various locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Hertz also operates one of the world's largest equipment rental businesses, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, offering a diverse line of rental equipment, from small tools and supplies to earthmoving equipment, as well as new and used equipment for sale, to customers ranging from major industrial companies to local contractors and consumers, from approximately 315 branches in the United States, Canada, China, France, Spain, Italy and Saudi Arabia, as well as through its international licensees. Hertz also owns Donlen Corporation, based in Northbrook, Illinois, which is a leader in providing fleet leasing and management services.
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