At Enterprise we go beyond simply providing a form of transport to the areas in which we operate, we passionately strive to enrich the lives of those around us. By improving local levels of emissions, providing regional employment, helping to ease congestion or supporting charitable causes; we seek to embed ourselves in the communities we sit within, acting as a committed, active, socially responsible corporate citizen.
Enterprise Car Club is an accredited member of CoMoUk, a charitable organisation which plays a leading role in the UK’s transition to integrated mobility solutions designed for the public good. Their work support car clubs, bike share and ride share as well as other emerging transport modes such as “on demand” buses and scooter sharing to enable mobility lifestyles which present an alternative to private car ownership. By taking private vehicle ownership off the road, Enterprise Car Club helps create a space for alternative shared transport methods and encourages initiatives that promote advocacy, inputs into research and supports shaping the industry to cultivate better communities.
Car clubs free up road capacity for active travel, making it safer and more attractive to the wider community. Car Club members themselves after joining are likely to walk more (+16%) and cycle more (+10%) than they did prior to obtaining membership. This is because car club members have a greater propensity to opt for these active travel modes for smaller localised journeys, using a car only when really needed. Car Club members add more walking and cycling to the blend of travel modes they use and 42% of Car Club members travel by bicycle at least once a week compared to the average in England of 14%. Find out more about Enterprise Car Club & Active Travel.
Enterprise Car Club deploys a range of electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient vehicles. On average our cars produce 43% less Co2 from tailpipe emissions than the average UK car* and where we operate we reduce the number of private cars on the road. This has led us to working in partnership with many town, city and county councils, helping them shape their transport policy to best meet their air quality targets. Click here to find out more about the benefits Enterprise Car Club bring to the environment.
Each car club car on the road displaces 10.5 private cars and defers 12 private car purchases*, meaning the more car club wheels that hit the tarmac, the fewer cars there are on the roads overall. This can greatly help to ease localised congestion, mitigating the negative impact of traffic pinch-points. Communities benefit both socially and economically by the improved fluidity of travel.
Enterprise Car Club rental costs include fuel, insurance, servicing and breakdown cover. This, when combined by the fact that you can rent by the hour or day 24/7 all year round, makes vehicle hire much more affordable for so many more people. Not only does Enterprise Car Club make such travel more financially obtainable, but the fact that we offer rental options to those aged between 19-24 opens this mode of transport to younger drivers who are otherwise prohibited from renting vehicles from rental branches until they are 25.
Regional Enterprise teams do lots to support a wide range of national and local charitable causes, social initiatives and not-for-profit organisations. Across the network, teams support local Pride events, and drum-up support for Children in Need, MacMillan Cancer Support, Comic Relief & the British Heart Foundation. More localised projects are also supported such as local food banks, childrens charities, hospices as well as individual-led fund raising projects. In addition, teams get hands-on, donating their time to mentor local school children, maintain local community centres and volunteer at local food banks.
The Enterprise Holding Foundation supports many of these donations. This was established in 1982 to give back to the communities where partners and employees live and work. Since then, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation has contributed more than $405 million to thousands of local non-profits focused on community improvement, education and environmental stewardship. In FY2019, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation donated $51.4 million. 98% of those grants fulfilled requests by employees to help community causes they personally champion and actively support.
Enterprise is proud to be an inclusive workplace where everyone is accepted without exception. Following the result of an employee survey where employees in the UK were invited to provide feedback, Enterprise ranked 76 in the Stonewall Top 100 Employer 2020 awards. Stonewall's Top 100 is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index - a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace, as well as their wider work in the community and on service provision.
Personal honesty and integrity are the foundation of our success. We treat every person who walks through our door with respect. Whether it’s a customer or an employee, our focus is on building loyal, long-term relationships by meeting their needs and earning their trust. As part of this, we embrace the differences that make us successful and unique.
This has led to Enterprise featuring in the Times Top Employers for Women for 14 consecutive years, receiving the RMP’s National Undergraduate Employability Award for Best Diversity Initiative, and setting up The Enterprise Holdings Supplier Diversity Policy intended to help facilitate an increase in the number of minority-owned, women-owned, and other socially or economically disadvantaged small businesses that work to supply goods and services for our company.
*CoMo England & Wales Car Club Annual Survey 2017/18