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Issue  #3 / July 2019
Dear Readers,

With the development of the 2030 Strategy and Roadmap draft – currently open for consultation – Drive Sustainability’s second Leadership Assembly and Stakeholder Event, the joining of two raw materials initiatives, five supplier trainings in Poland and Malaysia and the launch of a Supplier Handbook on the SAQ, the first half of 2019 has started off strongly.

Drive Sustainability is particularly happy to welcome Groupe Renault as a new lead partner, bringing the total number of automotive partners to 11!

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The Drive Sustainability Team


Drive Sustainability is pleased to welcome GROUPE RENAULT as a new lead partner. GROUPE RENAULT is joining the partnership of so far 10 automotive manufacturers, working together to improve social and environmental performance across the automotive value chain.

Drive Sustainability’s long-term objective is to lead the transformation towards a circular and sustainable automotive value chain in accordance with the Automotive Industry Guiding Principles. To do so, the partnership leverages a common voice and engages with suppliers, stakeholders and related sectors on standard setting, compliance and capacity building.

GROUPE RENAULT will be engaged in a variety of activities including supplier assessments and trainings, projects on responsible sourcing of raw materials and the design of Drive Sustainability’s upcoming 2030 strategy.

“By joining Drive Sustainability today as lead partner, GROUPE RENAULT strives to continuously and further improve the social and environmental impacts of its activities and of its suppliers. This partnership will add value to the efforts we have undertaken for many years to contribute to a more sustainable automotive supply chain,” says Bruno Moustacchi, GROUPE RENAULT’s Sustainable Purchasing Divisional General Manager.

Read more here.



Drive Sustainability is currently working to build a 2030 Strategy and Roadmap that will define its long-term direction and ambition. The partnership invites all stakeholders to review the 2030 Strategy and Roadmap draft and to submit any comments or suggestions by 1st August 2019.

Two elements are essential in our strategy development: alignment with the internal ambitions of the partners and integration of stakeholder feedback. Therefore, the 2030 Strategy is being developed in a four-phase process.

1. During 2018, consultations with selected stakeholders and automotive companies took place. As a result, it became evident that ambitions and the working scope of Drive Sustainability needed to be increased to meet stakeholders’ expectations.

2. Subsequently, in February 2019, purchasing and sustainability leaders of the automotive companies convened to discuss stakeholder feedback and agree on common objectives. The partners decided to extend the working scope of the partnership to a value chain approach, while also addressing sustainability challenges related to climate and circular use of resources.

3. The 2030 Strategy and its roadmap were submitted to the feedback of 75 stakeholder representatives from industry, civil society and authorities during Drive Sustainability’s second stakeholder event in May 2019.

4. On-line consultation May-August 2019
The outcomes of the stakeholder event, together with the input received during the online consultation, will be analysed in summer 2019. Drive Sustainability invites all stakeholders to review the 2030 Strategy and Roadmap Draft by August 01.

Join the consultation here.

The 2030 Strategy and roadmap will be published in 2020. 

Due diligence ready!

DUE DILIGENCE READY! – new online platform helps small and medium-sized enterprises conduct due diligence

Monday, 08 July 2019 – Brussels. Due Diligence Ready!, launching on 20 November 2019, is a new online platform helping small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) effectively perform due diligence and responsible sourcing in their minerals and metals supply chains.


Supplier Handbook: Guidance to compliance excellence

Thursday, 04 July 2019 – Brussels. In collaboration with HTW Berlin Business School, Drive Sustainability developed a manual for automotive suppliers to provide support in completing the self-assessment questionnaire (SAQ) on CSR/Sustainability topics.


Training Report 2018: Supplier trainings reveal differences in sustainability interpretations

Tuesday, 07 May 2019 – Brussels. In 2018, Drive Sustainability doubled the scope of its supplier trainings year-on-year, involving 650 suppliers in 5 countries. Results from the participant polling show how sustainability concerns vary from country to country.


Drive Sustainability publishes first progress report

Tuesday, 07 May 2019 – Brussels. The publication of Drive Sustainability’s first ever progress report is a first step towards a more standardised stakeholder engagement and transparency.


Drive Sustainability announces membership to the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber

Wednesday, 10 April 2019 – Brussels. Drive Sustainability is the latest initiative to join the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) in its effort to improve the socio-economic and environmental performance of the natural rubber value chain.

EPRM logo

Drive Sustainability announces membership to the European Partnership on Responsible Minerals

Monday, 11 March 2019 – Brussels. Drive Sustainability (DS) is the latest member to join the European Partnership for Responsible Minerals (EPRM) in an effort to increase the proportion of responsibly produced minerals.

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