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Issue  #1 2020 / November 2020
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Dear Readers,

2020 is the year the world is facing exceptional circumstances, caused by a global pandemic. By disrupting interconnected supply chains and exposing vulnerable regions to even higher risks, it highlighted the importance to scale up the impact of sustainability efforts. At Drive Sustainability, we strive to create impact through collaboration. Our long-term strategy, that was launched this year, shapes our collaborative approach for the future years. We formalized our ambitions to work together with suppliers on four sustainability challenges: sustainable raw materials, workforce wellbeing, carbon neutrality and circular value chain. 

In 2020, we expanded our impact on different levels:

  • Through our partnership: We cordially welcome Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as a new member of Drive Sustainability.
  • Through our engagement with suppliers, by developing the long-term supplier engagement model "Drive +".
  • Through the launch of the 4th edition of our self-assessment questionnaire for suppliers, the SAQ 4.0, which addresses amongst others the areas of grievance mechanisms, renewable energy and responsible sourcing of raw materials
  • Through continuously seeking to collaborate on an international level and engaging  with automotive associations, such as CAAM in China and the AIAG in the US.
Although 2020 has been a challenging year, it showcases what can be achieved in concerted efforts for sustainability. 
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The Drive Sustainability Team


Drive Sustainability is pleased to welcome Fiat Chrysler Automobiles as a new partner of the initiative, joining the group of 10 leading automotive manufacturers, working together to improve social and environmental performance across the automotive value chain.

The new member joins Drive Sustainability at crucial time: under Covid-19, where sustainability is challenged by supply chain disruptions, Drive Sustainability continues driving for impact and launched its long-term strategy. Drive Sustainability is the leading initiative in the transformation towards a more circular and sustainable automotive value chain and will address key sustainability challenges with an ambitious roadmap . The group aims to achieve this by leveraging a common voice and engaging with suppliers, stakeholders and related sectors on standard setting, compliance and capacity building.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be joining Drive Sustainability supplier assessments and trainings, projects on responsible sourcing of raw materials and joins as well the development and implementation of new activities under the scope of the Drive Sustainability long-term strategy.

Read more here.


Sustainable supply chains require collaborative efforts of all actors involved along a supply chain. To achieve positive impact and nurture change, we need to address sustainability expectations, implement methods and tools for due diligence throughout the supply chain and learn from each other while doing so. Drive Sustainability wants to accelerate this process by working closer with Tier 1 suppliers and supplier associations. Therefore, we are about to launch our new platform called Drive+.

Drive+ provides suppliers and automotive associations with the opportunity to collaborate closely with Drive Sustainability, to share and learn with OEMs and with peers, and to use the Drive Sustainability toolbox.

Interested to join?
Please contact us at, and we will follow-up with you.



Timely to the strategy launch, October 5th marked the go-live date of the SAQ 4.0, the 4th version of the Drive Sustainability Self-Assessment Questionnaire.

The SAQ was developed to assess sustainability performance of automotive suppliers. As of today, more than 35.000 suppliers have responded to the assessments and improved their performance over time.  The new edition reflects the broadened scope of the Drive Sustainability strategy and not only covers new topics, such as grievance mechanisms and renewable energy, but also enhances the focus on responsible sourcing of raw materials and emphasizes the importance of corporate employee trainings.

Read more information here.



On July 20, 2020 Drive Sustainability joined the annual CSR Forum of the China Association of Automotive Manufacturers (CAAM)'s as a key note speaker on the importance of local collaboration for supply chain sustainability. 
We continuously engage with local associations for a common approach to supply chain sustainability. With local solutions, cooperation, exchange we can lever existing efforts and achieve large scale impact. 


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