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July 2011 | Adam Leach
manufacturer Fiat has more than doubled the number of
supplier audits it has carried out, compared with the year before.
assessed 65 suppliers in 2010, compared with 26 the year before, according to
its 2010 sustainability report.
Italian manufacturer, which makes the brands Fiat, Alfa Romeo and New Holland tractors,
commissioned an external company to evaluate suppliers’ ethical and
sustainability policies for the first time last year. The independent assessor
conducted 15 of the 65 audits, with Fiat carrying out the remainder.
to the report, no “particularly critical situations” were uncovered through the
audit process, but a number of action plans were established with suppliers to
a joint statement to accompany the report, chairman John Elkann and CEO Sergio
Marchionne said the company was looking to extend “the principles of
sustainability beyond the factory gates to all our partners and collaborators”.
addition, the carmaker has established an internal team to oversee
sustainability across the supply chain. It composes of the compliance officer,
general counsel and the head of supplier quality engineering. This ‘supplier sustainability
committee’ has developed a strategy to address such issues as corporate
governance and human rights with vendors.
year, a further 100 purchasing staff were given online training, which taught
them how to assess suppliers against the company's most recent conduct code and,
more broadly, against the current climate of developing sustainability. This
brings the total trained to do this to 600 since 2009.