Brussels, 4 April 2013 – A group of automotive manufacturers – BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group – in addition to their own efforts – have joined forces to collaborate on improving supply chain sustainability. The group is facilitated by CSR Europe.
The mission of the group is to work together to improve the social, ethical and environmental performance of automotive supply chains. It is of great importance to this group of responsible automotive manufacturers that the individuals making vehicles, components, or providing services, are afforded decent working conditions and are treated with dignity and respect, while minimizing the environmental impact of our industry.
As the automotive industry has complex value chains and a deep structured supplier base, the group believes in the benefits of a common approach and common messages towards suppliers, i.e. training and other activities. “This collaborative sector approach allows the automotive sector to enhance its contribution to sustainability in an efficient way,” says Stefan Crets, Executive Director of CSR Europe.
However, every party of the group shall maintain the management of their independent supply chains. In the process of collaboration, the participants strongly agreed to work together in compliance with competition law.
The objectives of the group are as follows:
– To share experiences and information on sustainability issues in the automotive supply chain.
– To develop and apply common tools.
– To work together on common projects in order to improve sustainability in supply chains.
– To send a common message to their supply chains concerning sustainability activities and requirements.
In order to achieve these objectives, the Working Group plans various joint activities in 2013. This will be the subject of further communication.