16 October 2009 | Jake Kanter
BMW has extended its guidelines on sustainability to its second-tier vendors.
In its Sustainable Value Report 2008
, the German car giant said subcontractors - who are spread across the globe - will be required to meet social and environmental standards. These include zero tolerance of child and forced labour, as well as other commitments on environmentally friendly manufacturing.
When requested, suppliers will be expected to provide information on their utility consumption, production waste and sewage. They are also required to implement an environmental management system.
In addition, from the end of this year potential vendors will be expected to answer 29 questions on their social and environmental standards. Results will form a key part of BMW's selection criteria and will be kept on the company's supplier database.
Herbert Diess, head of purchasing at BMW, said in the report: "To uphold our claim of being a sustainable company, sustainability must begin with our procurement process. Integrating sustainability throughout the entire value chain will be one of the major challenges of the future.
"Since the value chains in our industry are so complex, this will require a joint effort on the part of all the companies involved."