Sustainable Raw Materials
Our milestones
2020-2025 2025-2030
  • Set up and promote usage of common standardised tools and methods for sustainable sourcing management.
  • Implement impact key projects with the aim to improve social & environmental situation related to responsible sourcing (issue to be defined: indigenous people rights, communities development, biodiversity etc).
  • Common audit & multi-minerals standard endorsement.
  • Reached optimum transparency and traceability.
  • Impact key projects successfully completed.


37 materials assessed based on materials’ importance for industry and associated ESG risks


A coordinated approach amongst automotive companies towards raw materials is a perfect opportunity to come together and share a common platform for how to look at some of the very important aspects of sustainability.

One of the biggest obstacles in setting strategies for responsible sourcing is:

  • – the access to reliable current data and analysis on the environmental and social dimensions of material production
  • – the complexity and lacking transparency of the automotive supply chain.

To address these challenges, Drive Sustainability has developed the Raw Materials Observatory: a standardized process to develop a toolbox of instruments to identify risks, impacts as well opportunities for collective actions. Learn more about the observatory and the instruments (Raw Material Outlook, Material Change Report) feeding into the observatory below.


The Raw Materials Observatory is a process to:

  • – assess the sustainability risk of the top raw materials for the automotive sector, and

  • – identify potentially impactful activities that Drive Sustainability partners could pursue collectively to address such risk


Collective action will complement what DS partners are doing at the company level to integrate sustainability in the sourcing of raw materials.



The results of the first round of raw material assessments are presented in the Material Change report. The report examines responsible sourcing of materials in the automotive and electronics industries.

This report gathers, analyses and presents publicly available information on materials commonly used in the automotive and electronics industries. It aims at positively contribute to discussions on responsible sourcing among industry peers and stakeholders by enabling industry wide comparisons of the materials’ and main producing countries’ environmental, social and governance issues and their importance in the manufacturing of consumer and industrial automotive and electronic products.

The report, Material Change, was commissioned by Drive Sustainability and the Responsible Minerals Initiative and completed by The Dragonfly Initiative (TDI).


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