Posted on 25/09/2020

BRUSSELS (Belgium), September 25, 2020 – On October 5, 2020, Drive Sustainability will launch the digital version of SAQ 4.0, the 4th edition of its Self-Assessment Questionnaire on CSR/Sustainability for suppliers in the automotive value chain, on Supplier Assurance platform.

The update of the SAQ 4.0 comes at a critical time. With the number of sustainability challenges rising, collaborative action and common tools, such as the self-assessment questionnaire, gain in importance to nurture positive impact and scale up individual company efforts.

Drive Sustainability recognizes this. As a result, in 2020 we broadened our scope and formalized our strategy and action plan to address these challenges. The lead partners – BMW Group, Daimler AG, Scania CV AB, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group – and the partners – Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Toyota Motor Europe – aspire to scale up their activities and engage with their suppliers and stakeholders  on four sustainability challenges:

  1. Sustainable raw materials: to source raw materials sustainably
  2. Workforce wellbeing: to ensure employees in the supply chain are treated well and empowered
  3. Carbon neutrality: to strive towards a carbon neutral supply chain
  4. Circular value chain: to promote circular use of resources in the value-chains

The 4th edition reflects this broadened scope. It includes new topics, such as a section on Health and Safety, new questions on grievance mechanisms and renewable energy. It also enhances the focus on responsible sourcing of raw materials and emphasizes the importance of organising internal trainings. For more information on the changes in the new SAQ, consult Communication to Suppliers on the Launch of SAQ 4.0.

SAQ 4.0 is available in 13 languages: English, Chinese-Mandarin, French, Hungarian, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Czech, Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish and Russian.

Based on the Global Automotive Sustainability Guiding Principles, SAQ 4.0 is designed to assess supplier sustainability and support the automotive companies in identifying social and environmental risks throughout the automotive supply chain. Until today, over 35,000 suppliers have engaged in self-assessment activities with Drive Sustainability in more than 200 countries and more suppliers are expected to complete the SAQ in the future.

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