Ford, BMW, 10 Others Agree Supplier Environmental Guidelines
The carmakers agreeing to the “Automotive Industry Guiding Principles toÂ Enhance Sustainability Performance in the Supply Chain”Â also include Chrysler,Â Daimler, Fiat S.p.A., Jaguar/Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Scania, Toyota,Â Volkswagen, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group.
As the name indicates, the one-page document is a set of broad principles rather than prescriptive standards. For the environment, the principles are:
Companies are expected to pursue effective environmentalÂ protection throughout the supply chain in order to reduce theÂ environmental footprint of our products through-out their life-cycle.
All products manufactured within the supply chain, and the appliedÂ materials and substances used in the process are expected to meetÂ environmental standards for design, development, distribution, use,Â disposal or recycling. Such a comprehensive approach includes butÂ is not limited to:
â€¢ Reducing energy and water consumption
â€¢ Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
â€¢ Increasing use of renewable energies
â€¢ Enhancing appropriate waste management
â€¢ Training of employees
Businesses are expected to support a proactive approach toÂ environmental challenges, and encourage the developmentÂ and diffusion of environmentally friendly technologies.
The guidelines apply to first-tier suppliers as well as their subcontractors and suppliers
AIAG first developed the basis for these guidelines in 2009, in collaboration with Ford, GM, Chrysler, Honda and Toyota.
The same year, automotive companies in Europe created a working group to enhance collaboration on supply chain sustainability. CSR Europe has facilitated this working group since 2012.
To establish the latest Guiding Principles, AIAG and CSR Europe, together with the 14 automakers, built on the AIAG guidelines and worked to find common points of agreement.
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