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Volkswagen Ensures Transparency in Procurement of Battery Raw Materials

Auto News - Published on Wed, 16 Sep 2020

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As a forerunner of e-mobility, the Volkswagen Group is ensuring greater transparency and responsibility in its raw material supply chains for batteries. To that end, the company has entered a strategic partnership with RCS Global, an agency specializing in supply chain analysis. The focus is on auditing suppliers for conformance with human rights, safe working conditions and environmental protection along the supply chain all the way back to the mines.

The Group introduced a sustainability rating for direct suppliers one year ago, and a comprehensive system developed by RCS Global now also tracks adherence to sustainability criteria at sub-suppliers, refineries, smelters, mines and recyclers. New guidelines for improvements issued to suppliers make an active contribution to achieving improvements when risks and shortcomings are identified. Serious audit violations may even lead to the disqualification of suppliers from the supply chain. That applies, for example, to small-scale mining operators when child labor cannot be ruled out. The approach builds on the Due Diligence Guidelines of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Under the cooperation with RCS Global it has already been possible to identify 134 sub-suppliers and 18 mines in the Volkswagen Group’s battery supply chains, and the majority have already been audited. The expanded partnership has also enabled the development of due diligence measures for each type of relevant raw material by means of a comprehensive management system, despite the large number of companies in the supply chains.

Volkswagen is convinced that a sustainable supplier network is a guarantee for long-term corporate success – above all in respect of e-mobility. The Volkswagen Group’s corporate guidelines expressly prohibit any form of child labor or forced labor in the extraction of raw materials such as cobalt, and these guidelines are constantly being strengthened, for example with the sustainability rating and, most recently, the closer cooperation with RCS Global.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 16 Sep 2020
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