Our Second Annual ESG Report; Investing in Safety, Sustainability and Community is Core to the TuSimple Product Development Process and Commercialization Strategy
By TuSimple's editorial team
At TuSimple, we are focused on pursuing ways to create a sustainable future for both our company and our community. Our technology and mission are highly aligned with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles and impact. Sustainability is core to our commercialization strategy and product development process, and we continuously look to invest in the long-term wellbeing and development of our employees and communities to increase economic growth and opportunity.
The TuSimple 2021 ESG Report highlights company initiatives that contribute to the environmental, social, and governance growth and impact of our business. This report provides a high-level overview of the TuSimple approach to and progress with key ESG issues. Our mission is to make long-haul trucking safer and more efficient, creating significant benefits for all the communities our freight ecosystem serves. We are thrilled to publish our second annual ESG Report that details our vision and progress towards this goal.
Our ESG Report is guided by the United Nations (UN) Social Development Goals (SDG), which are a set of 17 global goals adopted at the UN in September 2015. These goals aim to transform our world by 2030 and are an urgent call to action for public, private and social sectors to come together in global partnership. At TuSimple, we believe that we can contribute to our communities by making long-haul trucking safer, more efficient, and more sustainable. In line with our current business and operations, there are nine UN SDGs that are threaded among many of our initiatives.
In a study conducted by the University of California San Diego (UCSD), our virtual driver has proven to be 10% more fuel efficient than trucks operated manually.
TuSimple has demonstrated our commitment to reducing harmful emissions as a global leader in freight sustainability by becoming one of the first autonomous trucking companies to be recognized as a SmartWay Certified Carrier in 2018. In 2021, TuSimple was recognized on the SmartWay High Performer List.
TuSimple has enabled our employees to reduce their carbon footprint by achieving LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for our San Diego Headquarters and recognition as an ENERGY STAR Partner by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as various other internal initiatives.
Local Economic Impact: With our major operations center located in Tucson, TuSimple works with other industry and community leaders through Sun Corridor, Inc. to promote economic growth in Southern Arizona, helping to bring additional jobs and investment to the community. In May 2021, we announced plans to increase our Tucson footprint, with an expansion of roughly 35,000 square feet of office, lab and warehouse space for continued technology development. Additionally, at all of our locations, we strive to source meals from vendors in the surrounding communities, including minority-owned restaurants or food trucks. We’re intentional about all local partnerships because they’re key in supporting a sustainable future, growing roots and supporting the community that supports us.
Supporting our Communities: TuSimple actively participates in community donation projects and initiatives. This includes collecting a total of 150 lbs of food during the 2021 winter holiday season for a local in-person food drive for Feeding San Diego, participating in yearly holiday toy drives in partnership with the US Marines and Toys for Tots and donating over $25,000 to Active Minds in 2021. Additionally, in February 2021 when Texas was especially hard-hit by power outages due to extreme winter storms, we partnered with Sparkletts and the Texas Division of Emergency Management to donate 10 water pallets to the Catholic Charities of Fort Worth and other non-profits. Finally, in 2021, we launched an initiative to sell TuSimple Pride shirts to raise funds for donation to The Trevor Project.
Human Rights: Although TuSimple is an autonomous trucking company, we will continue to have safety drivers and Autonomous Vehicle (AV) system operators on the roads who may encounter human trafficking incidents that should be reported. TuSimple is the first autonomous trucking company to sign on as a sponsor of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). We recently expanded our mandatory TAT training program to include our system operators, ensuring that every TuSimple employee driving in our trucks on public roads is trained on what red flags to look for as indicators that human trafficking may be taking place. As of December 2021, we have trained and certified over 60 safety drivers and AV system operators for TAT.
Workforce Development: To help prepare today’s workforce for new jobs in the autonomous trucking industry, we partner with colleges in the communities that we operate in. In 2020, we launched our ongoing partnership with Pima Community College to create the Autonomous Vehicle Driver and Operations Specialist certificate program, which is the nation’s first accredited program that teaches existing Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) holders how to become autonomous truck operators. Continuing these efforts, we announced a partnership with Louisiana’s Community and Technical Colleges System (LCTCS) to launch a training course in artificial intelligence in June 2021.
During Q3 2021, we released the initial results of a safety-performance study by Geotab, a global leader in IoT and connected transportation. The initial results of the study, which are based on 80,000 autonomous miles driven by our autonomous trucks, indicate that the TuSimple autonomous technology helps significantly reduce the number of harsh driving events that might lead to accidents. The study also helped us uncover substantial improvements in harsh braking, harsh acceleration, and harsh cornering by autonomous trucks, as compared to manually-driven trucks.
Currently, we are working together with Liberty Mutual, a multinational company offering insurance products and services, to study the comparative safety benefits of autonomous trucks and the potential impact on commercial vehicle insurance.
Earlier this year, we became one of the first companies dedicated exclusively to autonomous trucks to join the Self-Driving Coalition, which has recently been renamed to the Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association (AVIA). This coalition was created to advocate for the vast range of use cases of autonomous vehicles and to educate lawmakers, regulators and the public on their safety and social benefits.
Company Culture and Diversity:
We believe that a diverse range of backgrounds and perspectives makes us stronger and better able to strategically respond to changes in the industry. As of December 31, 2021, our U.S. workforce was 23% female and 66% ethnically diverse with individuals from ethnic minorities.
At TuSimple, we are committed to fair pay for equal work regardless of sex, color, or sexual orientation. Along with 60 other companies, we have taken the California Pay Equity Pledge and hope other California-based companies will join us in this movement.
We have created a culture that encourages our employees to fulfill their long-term goals, grow personally, and develop professionally by implementing a range of employee, team, and company-wide initiatives.
Board of Directors: At TuSimple, the Board of Directors (the Board) is directly and regularly engaged with senior leadership and all have experience as top-level executives at public companies. The Board has four standing committees: the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee and the Government Security Committee. Our Board is one of the company’s most important assets, and we strive to create an inclusive and diverse environment. Currently, our board is 40 % female and 20% ethnic minority.
Corporate Governance: At TuSimple, good governance is key to driving our success and building long-term sustainable value for our stakeholders. Our corporate governance approach includes a code of conduct guided by our company mission and values,which our Board and employees are required to abide by. Externally, we maintain a number of compliance and audit partnerships. Internally, we have developed and implemented a company whistleblower and safety hotline process for internal investigations, procedures for ethical complaints, and waves of required employee training on key topics such as data security and anti-harassment.
Safety Governance: Given the impact of governance on our safety outcomes, we actively prioritize optimization of our organizational structure, policies and product development processes to ensure success of our safety mission. Our safety governance approach includes our Safety Committee, who holds primary responsibility for establishing, validating and confirming the Driver Out Safety Framework, managing necessary adjustments and assuring adherence to the Safety Framework before launching Driver Out missions on public roads. Additionally, since our inception, we have prioritized a culture of safety and have instituted a structured methodology behind our safety practices and procedures. Along with building the right teams, we equip and train our employees on industry-leading safety methodologies, practices and procedures. Furthermore, we empower employees to raise concerns and validate through leadership action that these concerns are heard, taken seriously, and acted upon. This is evident in the use of our Safety Hotline, a process by which employees can report behaviors or decisions that they believe to be unsafe. This provides all employees across our organization the ability to confidentially and anonymously report any existing issues regarding safety matters and contribute to company-wide adherence to our safety policies and procedures.
In addition to our internal initiatives, we have also engaged with our various partners to conduct studies that have uncovered industry-wide environmental and social benefits. Environmental benefits range from increased fuel efficiency, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and fewer hours spent by truckers on driving empty miles and idling in the cabs. Some social benefits include increased safety, positive public health impacts, reductions in food waste and food insecurity and contributions to addressing human rights issues such as human trafficking. Earlier this year, we published our research and findings in a white paper titled “The Potential Environmental and Social Impacts of Autonomous Trucking.”
We recognize and understand the impact that an autonomous trucking company can and must make. We are working hard to make a positive contribution to the communities around us by reducing the emissions associated with our trucks, responsibly managing our operations and giving back to the communities we operate in. As we work to bring transformational change to the trucking industry, we will continue to make decisions for the greater good and make impactful change where we can.
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Personal Information We Collect and How We Use and Share It
Presently, the personal information we may collect includes:
Information You Provide. This information may include personally identifiable information, such as your name, address, email address, phone number, and demographic information, such as your age, gender, hometown, and interests.
This information may be collected when you choose to interact with our website, as well as with third-party websites that are linked with our website, including social media.
We may also collect information disclosed when entering contests, sweepstakes, or submitting surveys we, or a third-party on our behalf, may run.
Data provided by you from communications and other feedback, including questions, vulnerability reports, and other messages you address to us directly such as email or online forms may also be collected.
Automatically Collected Information. When you visit our website, we may use automatic data collection technologies to collect certain information, such as:
The pages you have viewed directly before and after accessing the website.
Internet Protocol (“IP”) addresses of the devices you're using to interact with us online;
Tools such as cookies and other local storage used by websites and web browsers to maintain information regarding your previous activities on a site;
Information regarding your internet connection including your Internet Service Provider, connection type, and approximate city level location of your internet connection based on IP address;
Information about how the device is interacting with our Website and social media accounts;
Type and version of your device’s operating system and web browser;
Specific interactions with our Website (such as which pages you viewed, in what order, and how long you engaged with each page); and
The technologies we use for this automatic data collection may include cookies, web beacons, tracking pixels, and other tracking technologies on our website, including:
Google Analytics. We use Google Analytics to help us understand your use of our website and the popularity of certain content so we can improve your experience. You can learn about Google’s privacy practices at www.google.com/policies/privacy/partners/, and you can opt out of Google Analytics by downloading the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on, available at https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
LinkedIn Insights Tag. We use LinkedIn Insights Tag to retarget our website visitors and learn insights about your interactions with our LinkedIn advertisements. You can learn about LinkedIn’s privacy practices at www.linkedin.com/legal/privacy-policy, and you can opt out of LinkedIn Insights Tag at www.linkedin.com/psettings/.
Google Ads. We use Google Ads to help us determine how effective our ad campaigns are. You can learn about Google’s privacy practices relating to Google Ads at policies.google.com/privacy, and you can prevent your participation in Google Ads conversion tracking by setting your browser to block cookies from the domain www.googleadservices.com.
Like many companies, we and our service providers may use "cookies" and other tracking technologies to gather information about your visit to our Website (see “Information We Collect” above). We use these tools to measure site activity, provide a better user experience, and to deliver, evaluate and tailor our marketing communications and online advertisements for you. Cookies are used by websites and web browsers to maintain information regarding your previous activities on a website, including what content has been displayed to you. Cookies are also used to optimize the performance of our Website.
We may use the personal information you provide to us or that we collect about you to:
Respond to an email or other inquiry or request, including to fulfill your request to subscribe to a TuSimple newsletter;
Customize your experience on our website;
Deliver advertisements to you, including on other websites you visit;
Compile anonymous statistical data and analysis for use internally or with third parties;
Provide, maintain, analyze, and improve our Website;
Monitor and analyze usage and trends to improve the functionality of our website;
Perform other business activities as needed, such as for recruiting purposes; and
Fulfill any other purpose for which you provide your information or to which you otherwise consent.
Develop new products and services;
Communicate with you for a range of reasons (including providing information, including updates and notices, we think will be of interest to you, conducting surveys, and responding to your comments, questions, and requests);
Protect the rights and property of TuSimple, our users, and others;
Detect, prevent, and respond to fraud, abuse, and security issues; and
Carry out any other purpose described to you at the time the information was collected.
We may aggregate or de-identify information such that it is no longer linked to you or your device. This notice does not limit our ability to use or disclose aggregated or de-identified information that is not linked to you.
We will not sell or rent your personal information to anyone.
At all times, TuSimple reserves the right to disclose your personal information where required by law or to comply with a valid legal process (such as a search warrant, subpoena, or court order), to investigate or remedy potential violations of our policies, to protect TuSimple’s rights or property, or during emergencies when personal safety is at risk.
We may also share your personal information with our third-party service providers (but only as necessary to provide services to us) and our affiliates, in which case we will require those third-party service providers and affiliates to keep such information confidential and use it only for the purposes for which we disclose it to them.
Among the third-party service providers that TuSimple uses, and which may collect your personal information on TuSimple’s behalf in order to provide services to TuSimple, are the following:
Finally, we may share your personal information with a buyer or other successor company in the event of a merger, divestiture, restructuring, reorganization, dissolution, or other sale or transfer of some or all of TuSimple’s assets, whether as a going concern or as part of a bankruptcy, liquidation, or similar proceeding, in which personal information held by TuSimple about our website visitors is among the assets transferred.
If you have any questions as to how we collect and use your personal information, or would like to opt out of any future contacts from us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. In addition, to the extent required by applicable law, you may have the right to request access to or delete your personal information. If you wish to do any of these things, please contact us at the email address listed above.
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For your convenience and informational purposes, our Website may contain links to external websites that are not owned or controlled by TuSimple. TuSimple has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any external websites. If you visit such sites, your activities and the collection, use, and disclosure of information will be subject to the privacy policies and terms of the external websites or services, and not this Privacy Statement.
TuSimple’s website is not intended for children. It is intended for adults. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 13. If we find out that a child under 13 has given us personal information, we will take steps to delete that information.
We have implemented reasonable measures designed to secure your personal information from accidental loss and from unauthorized access, use, alteration and disclosure. But no security measures are 100% secure and, thus, we cannot guarantee the security of your information. Any transmission of personal information is at your own risk. We are not responsible for the circumvention by any third party of any privacy settings or security measures we implement.
Job Candidate Privacy
For information regarding your privacy as a candidate for a position with TuSimple, please visit our Candidate Privacy Statement.
Privacy Inquiries and Information Requests
In some places you may have certain rights under privacy and data protection laws. These may include the right to request to have your personal information updated or deleted, to access your personal information, or to object to TuSimple using that personal information for certain purposes. These rights are subject to verification and certain exceptions. If you are a California resident, for instance, state law affords you certain privacy rights. You can learn more about these in the next section, “California Privacy Rights and Additional Information.”
No matter where you are from, if you have questions or concerns about TuSimple’s privacy practices or this Privacy Statement, please contact us at email@example.com.
California Privacy Rights and Additional Information
California Data Access and Deletion Rights
If you are a California resident, the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”) allows you to make certain requests about your personal information (as defined in the CCPA). Specifically, the CCPA allows you to request that we:
Inform you about the categories of personal information we collect or disclose about you; the categories of sources of such information; the business or commercial purpose for collecting your personal information; and the categories of third-parties with whom we share/disclose personal information.
Provide access to and/or a copy of certain personal information we hold about you.
Delete certain personal information we have about you.
Provide you with information about the financial incentives that we offer to you, if any.
Please note that certain information may be exempt from such requests under California law. For example, we need certain information in order to provide our Website to you.
Verification: Depending on the sensitivity of the information you are requesting and the type of request you are making, we will take reasonable steps to verify your identity based on the information that we currently possess. This may include, at a minimum, verifying your contact information and matching it with our records.
Authorized Agent: You are also permitted to designate an authorized agent to submit certain requests on your behalf. In order for an authorized agent to be verified, you must provide the authorized agent with signed, written permission to make such requests or a power of attorney. We may also follow up with you to verify your identity before processing the authorized agent’s request.
The CCPA further provides you with the right not to be discriminated against (as provided for by applicable law) for exercising your access or deletion rights.
If you are a California resident you have the right to request information from TuSimple regarding the manner in which TuSimple shares certain categories of your personal information with third-parties, for the third-parties’ direct marketing purposes. We do not share personal information for such purposes.
Questions and Comments
TuSimple Privacy Statement for Applicants and Candidates
This Privacy Statement explains what information we collect during the application and recruitment process, how we use that information, and how you may access and update it.
TuSimple’s hiring process consists of multiple steps designed to evaluate your skills and qualifications for a particular position. When you choose to participate in the TuSimple hiring process, TuSimple may collect or obtain personal information about you. This information may include:
Name, address, email address, telephone number, and other contact information
Resume or CV and employment history
Driving history (where applicable)
Voluntary demographic information, including gender, race, ethnicity, citizenship, and/or nationality
Health information (only if required by law)
A government-issued ID (only where required by job responsibilities)
US Work Authorization Documentation
TuSimple will use the information that you provide to assist in our recruitment and hiring process, including the following:
Evaluating you for current and future job opportunities, including matching your skills and interests to applicable job requirements;
Communicating with you throughout the hiring process;
Complying with applicable laws, regulations, legal processes or government requests or inquiries; and
Improving our hiring and/or recruitment processes, including improving our diversity and inclusion efforts.
If you are offered and accept employment with TuSimple, information collected about you during the hiring process may become part of your employment record.
Data Retention and Deletion
We will retain your personal information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this statement unless longer retention is required by law or for auditing purposes.
Privacy Inquiries and Correcting Your Information
If you have concerns or questions about this Privacy Statement for Applicants and Candidates or about TuSimple’s privacy practices, you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In some places, you may have certain rights under data protection law. These may include the right to have your information updated or deleted, to access your information, or to object to TuSimple using it for certain purposes.
If you wish to access, correct, or delete your information, please contact email@example.com. We will process requests in accordance with applicable law, and there may be circumstances where we are not able to comply with your request.
Updates to Privacy Statement
We may update this Privacy Statement from time to time. We will post any changes to this policy to this page.
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