Renault to track key suppliers on CSR with IT tool

21 July 2011

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21 July 2011 | Adam Leach

Car manufacturer Renault is developing a system to track the behaviour of its suppliers.

The IT-based tool will pull together all the data collected on vendors such as findings from sustainability audits, supplier’s self-evaluations and efforts to increase supplier engagement.

Developed by EcoVadis, it enables Renault to evaluate and follow the environmental and social performance of its key suppliers in more than 100 countries.

It follows the launch of a CSR charter in May by both Renault and Nissan to keep a close eye on their suppliers. The two companies, who have been strategic partners since 1999 and account for one-in-10 cars sold worldwide, are making a concerted effort to improve sustainability in both supply chains.

Through the charter, which was signed at a conference with 900 suppliers, the French and Japanese manufacturers decided to merge their respective ethical policies, both with regard to the supply chain and wider company conduct. Issues covered include carbon emissions, human rights, confidentiality and ethics.

Stéphane Lasfargue, co-innovation and supplier sustainable development manager at Renault, said: “The development of sustainable procurement policies corresponds to a deep commitment that is taken over at each level of the company. We have set up a supplier CSR charter together with Nissan, and clauses about sustainable development are added to tenders and contracts.”

Of the EcoVadis system, Lasfargue said: “We wanted to go even deeper [than the joint charter] by engaging our suppliers in the continuous improvement of their sustainability performance.”

Collaboration between automotive companies has emerged as a key trend over recent years. In February The BMW Group and PSA Peugeot penned a deal to enable them to joint-purchase components for building hybrid cars. BMW has a similar arrangement with Daimler.

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