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A Look Back at 2016

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AIAG’s CR advisory committees and working groups are composed of members and subject matter experts who remain committed to building a corporate responsibility portfolio that addresses the sustainability issues — both social and environmental — that are impacting the automotive industry, and they have been exceptionally busy in 2016. Here is a look back at some of this year’s accomplishments.

EVENTS

G7-Alliance on Resource Efficiency Workshop Features Automotive Experts
On March 22 – 23, 2016, AIAG was represented by 12 member companies at the G7-Alliance on Resource Efficiency hosted a workshop on the use of life cycle concepts in supply chain management to achieve global resource efficiency. The workshop was the result of a Leaders’ Declaration developed by the G7 leaders that expressed their commitment to “the values of freedom and democracy, and their universality, to the rule of law and respect for human rights, and to fostering peace and security.”

Corporate Responsibility Summit
Moving the needle from theory to practice was at the heart of AIAG’s 2016 Corporate Responsibility Summit, held April 27-28, 2016, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, Michigan. Speakers provided the latest information to help participants build a business case for sustainability. Important topics included workforce and profitability risks, lightweight constructions, insights from corporate leaders, human trafficking, and panel discussions on risk management. AIAG members can still access all the presentations from this year’s Corporate Responsibility Summit online at www.aiag.org.

Water Management in the Automotive Supply Chain
This event on May 4, 2016, focused on the importance of water management in the automotive supply chain. Following the event, AIAG's Greenhouse Gas Workgroup developed a complimentary training session via WebEx to increase suppliers’ awareness of water management and share information on how to report via the CDP Water Supply Chain

Conflict Minerals Industry Briefing V
Demands for conflict minerals reporting on the global supply chain continue to increase. In addition to existing US legislation and customer requirements, legislation in Europe and China is pending. At this event on August 2, 2016, attendees gained insights on industry strategies and best practices from thought leaders, OEMs, and suppliers.

Future Automotive Expert Event
On August 18, 2016, Al Hildreth, company energy manager for General Motors, shared his perspective on how to make sustainability successful by integrating it into a company’s business plan, along with safety, people, quality, and cost.

IMDS & Product Chemical Compliance Conference
One of AIAG’s most popular annual conferences, this annual event on October 11-12, 2016, was an important opportunity for companies at all levels in the supply chain to stay ahead of their risk by keeping their knowledge about rapidly evolving regulations on chemicals and other substances of concern up to date. Day One featured breakout sessions focusing on IMDS-specific topics and legislative issues; Day Two focused strictly on IMDS topics including IMDS 11.0, which included a new method to support additional regulations as well as refinements to further improved data quality.

OTHER ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Conflict Minerals Reporting Template (CMRT) Updated
Two revisions to this important document were released during 2016. Developed by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), the CMRT is a free, standardized template that facilitates the transfer of information through the supply chain regarding mineral country of origin, as well as smelters and refiners being utilized. The template also facilitates the identification of new smelters and refiners to potentially undergo an audit via the CFSI’s Conflict-Free Smelter Program.

IATF Standard Update Includes Corporate Responsibility References
The latest release of revisions to the automotive industry’s most widely used international standard for quality management was developed with an unprecedented level of industry feedback and engagement and includes language on corporate ethics for the first time in its history. IATF 16949 — previously named ISO/TS 16949 — states that certified organizations must implement basic corporate responsibility policies such as anti-bribery policy, an employee code of conduct, and an ethics escalation (whistle-blower) policy.

AIAG Launches Enhanced Website
The latest website enhancement streamlined content and made it easier for those accessing the site to find the content they were seeking more efficiently. The homepage was simplified and is set up so that visitors to the site only need to know which area of AIAG expertise they are interested in. Search capability is more robust, navigation throughout the site has been simplified, and a lot of the clutter has been removed. The Store is greatly improved, offering a more up-to-date look, feel, and navigation that improve the shopping experience. The pages within the store are cleaner and easier to read, providing all the pertinent information about our product offerings (publications, training, or events) right up front, following some of the best practices used by many website stores in use today.

AIAG Membership Tops 1500
In August 2016, AIAG hit a milestone in membership, welcoming its 1,500th new member into the AIAG community as automakers double-down on their commitment to AIAG, seeing the value of membership, and encouraging suppliers to join. The rapidly growing membership reaffirms the value of providing an open, neutral, professional, and legal environment where a diverse group of stakeholders can work collaboratively to make those things happen faster. AIAG continues to tackle the increasing complexity of global supply chain management and changes within program areas including quality and corporate responsibility.

AIAG, along with CLEPA & JAPIA, Provides Industry Statement on CAMDS Terms of Use
The Supplier Alliance has reviewed and provided comments as to how CAMDS could meet the IMDS Target System Requirements in allowing the use of existing IMDS data for CAMDS data reporting and how CAMDS could allow for the export of its data to other systems.

New Workgroups Formed

  • Water. Water scarcity and water-quality degradation rank among the biggest threats facing our planet. Individual OEMs have been reducing water use in their manufacturing facilities and are very interested in benchmarking their competitors and sharing best practices. AIAG has formed a subgroup to work on water benchmarking in auto assembly facilities. The intent is to share water use data.
  • Health & Safety. Due to injuries and explosions that have occurred globally, there is a need for OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to work together to develop a standard that would be beneficial to everyone. This standard would include both employees and contractors. AIAG Health & Safety has formed a subgroup to meet with the OEMs and Tier 1s to discuss developing an Automotive Common Contractor Safety Performance Standard.