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21 July 2011 | Adam
manufacturer Renault is developing a system to track the
behaviour of its suppliers.
tool will pull together all the data collected on vendors such as findings from
sustainability audits, supplier’s self-evaluations and efforts to increase
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.
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
EcoVadis system, Lasfargue said: “We wanted to go even deeper [than the joint
charter] by engaging our suppliers in the continuous improvement of their
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.