Nearly 1,700 automotive executives from several countries participated in AIAG’s inaugural virtual event, the Corporate Responsibility Summit. AIAG, the largest not-for-profit automotive industry association of its kind, has over 3,800 member companies. The free, two-day conference on April 28–29 focused on Environment — Social & Governance Reporting and how organizations can better manage their corporate reputation.
Tanya Bolden, AIAG’s director of corporate responsibility and supply chain products and services, said the CR Summit was designed to create awareness of corporate reporting activities and how these factors are viewed and used by shareholders, investors, and consumers. Speakers on day one underscored the importance of environmental sustainability, and day two showcased best practices in human rights and responsible sourcing initiatives.
“Overall, this was a great concept and good execution for AIAG’s kick-off virtual event,” said attendee John Batchik of Freudenberg NOK. “Clearly, a lot of information was presented! I am glad to see how closely it simulates past live events.”
Popular presentations included speakers from the Carbon Disclosure Project, Bloomberg Intelligence, and the U.S. Departments of Energy, State, and Homeland Security. Attendees also had the rare opportunity to engage an asset manager and a fund manager in a discussion about how the information a company reports impacts their investment decisions. OEMs, NGOs, and leaders from other major companies rounded out the speaker lineup.
RSJ Technical’s Jennifer Guest called the CR Summit “phenomenal,” adding that the virtual event technology was impressive and easy to use. “In true AIAG fashion, the presenters and topics were excellent and relevant to what we need and want to know,” she said.
“Although we have moved from a face-to-face event to a virtual offering, we have worked hard to maintain the AIAG event characteristics you have become accustomed to,” Bolden told attendees in her opening remarks. “And by attendees not driving or flying to Southeast Michigan for the CR Summit, we avoided about 200 to 250 tons of CO2. That is equivalent to burning roughly 23,000 gallons of gasoline or the carbon stored by 250 40-year-old hardwood trees.”
Bolden says attendees have free access to the event content and platform until June 28th. Recorded sessions from both days are also available to non-attendees for a one-time fee of $25 per registration. The online event space will stay open during this period, so participants can access presentation recordings and explore the virtual environment, including the exhibit hall and resource center.
Ready to experience the virtual event for yourself? Click here to register and enjoy the event space and recorded presentations through June 28, 2020!