Posted on 29/03/2017

Brussels, 29 March 2017

BMW Group, Daimler AG, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Opel/ Vauxhall, Scania CV AB, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group joined forces to launch ‘DRIVE Sustainability – The Automotive Partnership’.

The Partnership, facilitated by CSR Europe, aims to drive sustainability throughout the automotive supply chain by promoting a common approach within the industry and by integrating sustainability in the overall procurement process. It is of great importance to these 10 responsible automotive manufacturers that the people making vehicles, components, or providing services are afforded decent working conditions and are treated with dignity and respect, while minimising the environmental impact of their industry and promoting business integrity.

The Partnership builds upon and takes on the previous work carried out by ‘The European Automotive Working Group on Supply Chain Sustainability’, with the ambition to evolve from a group of companies working together to a leadership industry initiative, pushing for innovative and impactful approaches to enhance supply chain sustainability.

  • The Lead Partners of the initiative are BMW Group, Scania CV AB, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group.
  • The Partners of the initiative are Daimler AG, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Opel/ Vauxhall, Toyota Motor Europe.

Stefan Crets, Executive Director of CSR Europe and facilitator of DRIVE Sustainability, said:

‘DRIVE Sustainability is a commitment from the automotive industry to move to the next level of sustainability and supply chain management. Sustainability is well established among the buying criteria of these companies, therefore it is now the time to strengthen the way they work together and establish a Partnership focused on results, based on stronger collaborationexcellenceleadership and impact. As a next step, in 2017 we will fine-tune our strategy and continue our activities, which include organising supplier trainings in Turkey, India, Spain, Hungary, Italy and others. ‘

About DRIVE Sustainability

In its current set-up, DRIVE Sustainability is a partnership of automotive companies. The initiative is open for collaboration. DRIVE Sustainability operates under strict anti-trust policies.

About CSR Europe

CSR Europe is the leading European business network for Corporate Social Responsibility. Through its network of around 45 corporate members and 41 National CSR organisations, it gathers over 10,000 companies, and acts as a platform for those businesses looking to enhance sustainable growth and positively contribute to society. In its mission to bring the CSR agenda forward, CSR Europe goes beyond European borders and cooperates with CSR organisations in other regions across the world.

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