On the World Environment Day, the World Bank and Lenovo, the world’s second largest PC maker, held an event at the company’s Beijing headquarter to promote green commuting to Lenovo’s 10,000 plus employees there.
Lenovo is one of the participants of the Company-based Voluntary Traffic Demand Management (TDM) project, implemented by the World Bank and funded by the Swiss Government. The project aims to introduce to Chinese companies the practice of encouraging employees to voluntarily adopt green commuting, e.g. biking, taking metro or bus, carpooling, or working from home.
As part of the project, an online carpooling platform was launched in mid-March to help Lenovo employees who live close to each other to carpool to work.
A number of employees shared their experience of using the online carpooling platform at the Environment Day event.
Jian Boyu, an engineer at the environmental measuring department of Lenovo, said that thanks to the platform he was able to connect with a colleague in his department. They’ve known each other for quite some time already but it was through the platform they first got to know they were actually neighbors.
“Now we carpool every work day,” he said. “We are in the same department and thus our work schedules are more or less the same. That makes carpooling easy. We chat a lot on the way to work and back home!”
Du Jianhua, Global Vice President of Lenovo, said that he signed up as soon as the platform was opened for registration. But so far he has received no response to his online post of offering free ride from where he lives to work. So, at the event, he gave a detailed description of the route he takes every day to work.
“It’s fine if you don’t live exactly in the same compound as mine. But if you live anywhere on this route, I can make a stop to pick you up,” he said. This kind offer drew a big applause and laughter from the employees who packed the lobby where the event was held.