In recent years, the automotive industry has made great strides in improving sustainability and supply chain transparency. The 2017 launch of DRIVE Sustainability, a partnership that includes 10 major automakers, promises additional progress toward a more sustainable industry. Learn which automakers have joined DRIVE Sustainability and how this important partnership could impact automotive supply chains around the globe.
CSR Europe Launches DRIVE Sustainability
The European Business Network for Corporate Social Responsibility, or simply CSR Europe, announced the brand new DRIVE Sustainability in March 2017. The partnership draws on work by the European Automotive Working Group on Supply Chain Sustainability.
All 10 members of the initiative are based in Europe, and the initial membership list includes BMW Group, Daimler AG, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Opel/Vauxhall, Scania CV AB, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group. Lead Partners for the initiative include BMW Group, Scania CV AB, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group. DRIVE Sustainability Partners include Daimler AG, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Opel/Vauxhall, and Toyota Motor Europe. All members will collaborate to determine best practices and strategies.
How the Partnership Could Impact the Automotive Industry
DRIVE Sustainability could have a substantial impact on the automotive industry, as its proposed initiatives are far reaching. Together, the 10 members of this partnership aim to implement environmentally conscious practices in the automotive supply chain. To do so, they plan to introduce sustainable initiatives in the procurement process and standardize eco-friendly methods throughout the automotive industry. They also aim to decrease the environmental impact of the automotive industry and help industry workers achieve healthy and safe working conditions, all while promoting integrity throughout the industry.
The partnership is also likely to increase the impact that many of the 10 automakers have already made on the industry. For instance, Daimler AG recently announced a $3 billion initiative to reduce emissions and streamline its auto production process. Along the same lines, Jaguar Land Rover plans to convert to renewable energy, while Toyota has announced a billboard that works to eliminate pollution.
Future Plans for DRIVE Sustainability
Although the initiative just recently launched, DRIVE Sustainability has already made plans for moving forward in 2017. This year, the partnership plans to organize sustainable supplier training sessions in Italy, Spain, Hungary, Turkey, and India.
Overall, CSR Europe’s leadership bodes well for the future of DRIVE Sustainability, since the organization has extensive experience implementing sustainability initiatives throughout Europe. The organization also has countless partners around the globe, so it can draw inspiration from a large network of sustainable companies and work with supply chain models around the globe.
As Stefan Crets, Executive Director of CSR Europe, states, “Sustainability is well established among the buying criteria of these companies, therefore it is now the time to strengthen the way they work together and establish a Partnership focused on results, based on stronger collaboration, excellence, leadership and impact.”
DRIVE Sustainability is still a new initiative, but it has the potential to produce exciting results. With 10 major automakers on board, this partnership could push much-needed changes to the automotive industry’s approach to sustainable supply chains.