This weekend it was time for the Chinese city of flowers, Guangzhou, to welcome the Volvo Ocean Race 2017/18 for leg number 5 in the race of a total of 11 legs. Swedish representation from Volvo included Martin Lundstedt, CEO of Volvo Group and Claes Svedberg, President of Volvo (China) Investment Co., Ltd.,. We reached out to Claes Svedberg for a first hand comment from the race.
Volvo Ocean Race has since 1973 been one of the most ultimate tests for teams. It’s a round-the-clock ocean marathon between the world’s best sailors. Today it is one of the Big Three in sporting events alongside America’s Cup and the Olympic.
This year’s Volvo Ocean Race has put sustainability and oceans health into its core values. In order to raise awareness for the cause, Volvo Group organized a Sustainability Forum where the matter was addressed.
Through out the race Volvo Group is keeping record of the carbon footprints, and an offset for the footprints will be made at the end of the race. In order to minimize the footprints of the race the teams have been provided with sustainability kits that includes, for example, refillable water bottles, organic soap and laundry detergent.
Claes Svedberg said that Guangzhou showed it self from its best side with nice but cold weather and lots of activities, including the Volvo Group Sustainability Forum, press conferences and of course the inport race itself.
The winner of the Guangzhou leg was the Spanish team Mapfre. The Chinese team Dongfeng is still in a good position and left the port as number 2 in the race.