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A Look Back at 2018

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AIAG and its member companies have worked collaboratively over the past several years to consistently offer new and eye-opening information to assist you and your company. Moving forward into 2019, we will continue in our mission to educate, inform, and advance transparency in the automotive supply chain.

Here are some of the CR team’s accomplishments for 2018.

AIAG Offers New IMDS Training
Companies in the automotive industry supply chain face a growing number of governmental regulations both in the United States and globally on the management of chemicals used in the production process. Staying abreast of these changes and their impact on your company can be challenging, but AIAG now offers three new IMDS training courses to help you cope.

  1. IMDS Basic Concepts and Application is designed to get you working in IMDS as quickly and efficiently as possible using our vast experience and real-world examples to help you understand the particular challenges you may face in obtaining data from your suppliers and providing data to your customers.
  2. Advanced IMDS provides an extension of the IMDS Basic Concepts and Application course to help you understand the regulations and anticipate their impact on your business. The growing concern regarding substance uses in products, recycling, or disposal has created a lot of legislation and global actions in recent years and providing excellent quality material declaration data to your customers requires a thorough understanding of these regulations. 

AIAG Calls Volunteers to Help Create Environmental Tools and Solutions
Volunteers are being gathered to join AIAG in its efforts to help create the best solutions for the industry, including trainings, webinars, common tools, publications, and events. These important workgroups enable AIAG to develop resources that support the needs of the industry, which is why member participation and feedback is so crucial. Available workgroups include Energy Benchmarking, the Water Subgroup, Environmental Sustainability, and Greenhouse Gas. Email Program Manager Lecedra Welch at cr@aiag.org for more information on how you can give back to the automotive community!

AIAG Offers Free Industry-Sponsored Memberships for Qualifying Automotive and Diversity Suppliers
Did you know that AIAG offers free sponsored memberships to qualifying automotive and diversity suppliers that fall under $20 million in global annual sales? OEM and Tier One customers know that the resources, standards, and industry best practices created at AIAG benefit everyone – and these memberships are a way to share that knowledge with smaller organizations for free. AIAG provides a free membership for automotive companies whose material, component, or secondary and finishing become part of the finished vehicle. All employees gain access to industry-developed best practice publications, e-learnings, self-assessments, and trainings – all free or at a discount. “This is a great way for smaller companies servicing the corporate responsibility space to get involved in AIAG and gain a voice at the table,” says Lecedra Welch, program manager, environmental sustainability, at AIAG. “The sponsored memberships reflect the sense of community that AIAG and its members embody and their desire to make critical information and training available to all.” Interested in finding out more? Click any of the links below to start exploring AIAG’s Corporate Responsibility resources.

2018 CR Summit
The 2018 Corporate Responsibility Summit on April 18-19 explored the automotive industry's role in the areas of social and environmental responsibility throughout the supply chain — specifically focused on optimization and risk mitigation. Conference attendees ranged from experienced general corporate responsibility/sustainability (CR/S) practitioners to manufacturing-specific subject matter experts. The event format offered attendees the opportunity to gain insights from thought leaders on global CR/S trends and strategies. Sessions were organized in three tracks:

  • Fundamental Corporate Responsibility/Sustainability Program Elements
  • Strategies to Advance your Corporate Responsibility/Sustainability Program
  • Strategies for Pursuing Compliance

2018 Conflict Minerals Industry Briefing (now known as Responsible Materials)
One of AIAG’s most popular events, this year’s program was designed to offer the information new professionals need and to advance the knowledge of those experienced in conflict minerals reporting. Many of today’s widely used reporting tools have been developed and enhanced by AIAG and its member companies working collaboratively, and we continue in our mission to educate and inform to advance transparency in the automotive supply chain.

Attendees at this 7th annual briefing on June 12, 2018, got a clear message from many of the speakers: Many companies in the automotive industry have moved beyond reporting for compliance and have taken a stance on responsible mineral sourcing as part of an overall corporate responsibility policy. By law, publicly traded companies are required to report annually to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) whether the products they manufacture, or contract to be manufactured, contain "conflict minerals" – specifically, tantalum, tin, tungsten, and gold. The intent of the legislation is to drive company efforts to better understand their supply chains, increase transparency and eliminate potential sources of funding for armed conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo and surrounding countries, where the majority of the world's supply of conflict minerals is mined. Known collectively as 3TG, these minerals are used in numerous automotive components with various applications.

AIAG’s annual Conflict Minerals Industry Briefing, developed by the industry for the industry, helps automotive CR professionals  stay up to date on current initiatives, future trends and stakeholder engagement activities in conflict minerals around the globe. While the automotive industry’s conflict minerals effort began as a response to requirements, it has steadily evolved to impact individual company policy and processes. Collaboration has helped the industry make great strides in improving the development of common industry approaches, messaging, supply chain engagement and risk-identification, all while benefiting the lives of those affected by conflict mineral mining around the world. For more information, visit AIAG’s conflict minerals microsite or contact cr@aiag.org for relevant corporate responsibility work groups now accepting volunteers.

How Do You Design for Environmental Compliance?
Attendees at the 2018 IMDS & Product Chemical Compliance Conference on September 26–27, 2018, came away with answers. This year, topics focused on addressing the right requirements early in the design process and measuring environmental topics as the design progresses. Attendees left with fresh insights on the reporting requirements and regulations that affect their day to day business.

GHG Emerging Issues Event
AIAG's 2018 GHG Emerging Issues event on October 30, 2018, was presented live and via WebEx and will be available to view on the AIAG website soon. OEMs from around the world request Greenhouse Gas (GHG) and qualitative information from hundreds of business partners. The information is included in public reports on their carbon footprinting. The benefits of reporting can lead to cost savings and energy efficiencies. AIAG’s GHG Workgroup offered the event to increase supplier awareness of reporting and calculating Scope 3 emissions. Attendees heard presentations on emerging GHG issues such as:

  • Science-based targets
  • Reducing carbon in logistics
  • Third-party verification
  • Carbon pricing
  • Deforestation
  • Renewable energy

Looking Forward to 2019

  • CR Speaker Series. First topic is ESG Landscape: How Your Company Data Can Be Used
  • Release of the Health & Safety Automotive Contractor Safety Document
  • Health & Safety (H&S) 3D and Call to Action to determine pain points in H&S
  • New Resource Management/Recycling Workgroup