Our goal is to operate sustainably, which means considering a long-term view of our business and critical environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Our 2023 Sustainability Report provides an update as we continue to expand our program.
The following highlights some areas of progress from the past year:
Business: In early 2022, Motion completed its largest acquisition to date—Kaman Distribution Group (KDG). The $1.3 billion investment expanded our capabilities in fluid power and automation intelligence, and now our forces are even stronger with KDG’s talented and experienced teammates. The broader offering and expertise are above and beyond what customers would have received from either company operating separately. In addition, the progress made from restructuring and automating our distribution points continues to improve our speed to market. These strategies positioned us to continue delivering on our vision to be the preferred industrial solutions provider for our customers.
Environmental: We continue to align our operations and footprint for the best customer service while measuring environmental impacts and strategizing on improvements. During 2021, we established baseline performance measurements. We leverage the current report to track these impacts and are beginning to set internal goals for mitigation—an example is our customer-centric fulfillment center in Lakeland, Florida, which has provided many benefits including broader inventories, quicker response to customers and emission reductions. The Charlotte fulfillment center opening in Q1 2023 will give us the opportunity to continue implementing these changes.
Social: Talent acquisition, employee engagement and retention, and inclusion remain priorities for Motion. Many of the KDG teammates have been promoted to key leadership roles within Motion. In addition, continued structural implementations related to DEI efforts include agreements to expand Veteran and diverse talent.
We know that building a diverse and inclusive team where everyone feels valued and heard is critical to our success. Our parent company, Genuine Parts Company (GPC), has launched business resource groups that empower employees to come together with others who share their interests and experiences while enhancing and developing their leadership skills and networks. Motion will promote, expand and participate in these BRGs to continue to enhance collaboration and an inclusive environment for all our employees.
Governance: Accountability at all company levels is provided through our values and structure. Motion’s values include being ethical, fair, inclusive and invested. Our GPC leadership and board oversee all strategic decisions of the organization. Our leadership teams ensure that personnel at all levels are accountable and act in accordance with our values throughout the organization. We support this messaging and training with enterprise risk management, internal and external audit of key procedures, ISO 9001 certification and the transparency and communication of our ESG program, including our Sustainability Report. Creating transparent communications on our progress and setting goals for our operations are vital steps to success.
I’m pleased with the progress made since last year. We’ve added to our business capabilities, expanded our robust team and invested our time and money in operations that increased service—all while promoting environmental responsibility—but there is more work to do. We will continue improving and expanding in these areas as we continually earn our place as the premier industrial solutions provider to our customers. Thank you to our Motion teammates, partners and suppliers, who work daily to exceed our customers’ expectations and strengthen our communities, while making the world a better place.