Many challenges and opportunities associated with sustainable management cannot be addressed by individual companies alone. They require industry-wide collaboration along the worldwide supply chain, which additionally increases the effectiveness of the measures. That is why we are active in various national and international trade and industrial associations such as econsense, the Federal German Association of Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics (BME), the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), the American Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG), and the European Automotive Working Group on sustainability in the supply chain, which was founded as an industry initiative within the European corporate network of CSR Europe. The goal of the cross-company collaboration is to develop a recognized company- and industry-wide frame of reference. One result of this collaboration is the development of uniform social and ecological minimum standards, which were published in 2014. The AIAG and the European Automotive Working Group have reached a consensus on these “Automotive Industry Guiding Principles to Enhance Sustainability Performance in the Supply Chain,” thus ensuring the worldwide applicability of the standards.
As part of CSR Europe we are working intensively with experts from the procurement units of other manufacturers and in the process we have developed and successfully piloted a joint questionnaire with which suppliers can self-assess their sustainability performance. This questionnaire is recognized and used by all companies that take part in this initiative. Daimler will use this questionnaire to assess the sustainability performance of selected key suppliers.