Posted on 29/11/2023
    • Drive Sustainability’s recent Stakeholder Dialogue brought together industry leaders to enhance alignment and understanding of the Common Standard Recognition Framework (CSRF) and to review the roadmap for their 2030 Strategy. 


On October 10th, Drive Sustainability hosted its Stakeholder Dialogue, aiming at facilitating a constructive exchange between automotive companies, suppliers, and stakeholders.   

The event included two impactful sessions: the first delved into the Common Standard Recognition Framework, while the second session focused on the revision of Drive Sustainability’s 2030 Strategy roadmap.  



In 2021, Drive Sustainability launched the Common Standard Recognition Framework (CSRF), a set of criteria to assess the maturity level of sustainability standards in the minerals supply chain.

The main idea of the common standards recognition lies within the common voice of Drive Sustainability. Drive Sustainability’s ambition is to send a coherent and unified message to its suppliers and stakeholders, to promote standardization, common and/or similar approaches throughout the value chain.

There are five key criteria around which the common standards approach was built: 1) assurance and oversight; 2) governance; 3) Transparency of audit/certification results; 4) ISEAL membership; and 5) continuous improvement.

The CSRF session of the Stakeholder Dialogue aimed to revise key elements of the framework and increase understanding of the perspective of relevant stakeholders for further engagement.  

Around 45 key stakeholders participated and welcomed Drive Sustainability’s efforts to bring alignment on standards’ usage and to enhance dialogue, recognizing the value of the CSRF as a guidance tool.  



An estimated 100 participants joined the second session of the Stakeholder Dialogue, including key stakeholders from industry initiatives, NGOs, European institutions, and trade unions.  

One of the goals of this session was to review the 2030 roadmap together with stakeholders as a means to better develop the exchange between different actors in the industry.  

In 2019, Drive Sustainability developed its strategy with the aim of ramping up sustainability across the automotive industry. Through a joined voice, it fostered collaboration among members to advocate for responsible practices.  

By listening to suppliers, civil society and Regulators, the 2030 Strategy has guided the work of the partnership in the different areas of work, always with transparency, stakeholder engagement and leveraging best practices, at the core of its actions. 

Some of the topics that were highlighted during the session included workforce well-being, carbon neutrality and circularity, sustainable supply chains, and raw materials. The event helped Drive Sustainability develop further findings in terms of strategy, future goals, and global reach. 


For more information:

Catalina Pislaru, Drive Sustainability Manager, CSR Europe (