UNHCR Named Winner of 2015 Best Transport Achievement Award
The 2015 Fleet Forum Best Transport Achievement Award has been awarded to UNHCR for its strategic global fleet management approach. Marta Hanyi, Supply Associate, and Roman Sincuk, Supply Officer, with UNHCR accepted the award on behalf of the UNHCR team who together implemented the improvements.
The initiative began in 2011 with an evaluation of the organisation’s global fleet. The conclusion was that light vehicles were managed sub-optimally, the organisation did not recognise the strategic importance of professional fleet management and its headquarters exercised weak control over its fleet.
During the award ceremony, Hanyi and Sinchuk spoke about the process for communicating the global fleet management approach, mobilising different organisational functions and the significant cultural change that resulted. The team’s strategic global fleet management approach yielded impressive results: Eleven percent reduction of its fleet size, 21% reduction of the average age of its fleet and US$5 million savings due to lower procurement costs, while at the same time reducing the number of vehicle models and suppliers.
WFP Afghanistan was recognised as a strong competitor for the award and honoured as a runner-up in the award ceremony for its ability to restore their services in previously inaccessible areas and, at the same time, lowering their costs. Nenad Grkovic, Global Fleet Manager, accepted the award on behalf of Mohammed Adil.
Speaking at the award ceremony at the closing session of the 2015 Fleet Forum Conference, Johannes Faller, EMEA Region Health and Safety Manager for UPS and Fleet Forum Board member, enthusiastically commended both of the award finalists. Faller identified the criteria for judging the winner as effectiveness, the ability to replicate the concept in other circumstances and organisations, innovation, collaboration with internal stakeholders, and meeting technical challenges.
The award was presented at the culmination of the 13th Annual Fleet Forum Conference, co-hosted by WFP in Rome, Italy. The theme of the conference, “Professionalising Fleet Excellence”, was modeled in the award finalists and the projects that were given recognition. This is the fourth year in which the Best Transport Achievement Award has been given.
The annual Fleet Forum Conference brings together the expertise of staff from aid and development organisations, international companies that supply products and services for transport and logistics, donor organisations, academic institutions with global recognition in transport and logistics, and international organisations such as the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and the agencies of the United Nations, including the World Food Programme (WFP), and NGOs such as World Vision.