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CR Team Reflection: 2020

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AIAG and its member companies have worked collaboratively over many years to consistently offer new and eye-opening information to assist you and your company. Moving into 2020, our stated mission was to educate, inform, and advance transparency in the automotive supply chain continues. But worldwide, the spread of COVID-19 and its effects required rethinking and replanning not only events and education, but pretty much every facet of our personal and company lives. During this ongoing difficult time, AIAG continues to stand with the industry — just as we stand by our commitment to deliver valuable content to our colleagues throughout the supply chain.

Here are some of the CR team’s accomplishments for 2020.

January 30: Future Automotive Expert Event
AIAG’s first Future Automotive Expert event of 2020 was held Thursday, January 30 at the Westin Detroit Southfield in Southfield, Michigan. AIAG CEO J. Scot Sharland discussed industry pain points, including emerging threats that significantly increase risk in the global supply chain for suppliers of all sizes. From the increasing frequency, sophistication, and virulence of cyberthreats to supply chain mapping (local sourcing) and compliance reporting, Scot explored the issues themselves, along with the various ways AIAG supports industry efforts to better manage these challenges.

February 26: Forced Labor Webcast
AIAG, CPB, and Thomson Reuters ONESOURCE Global Trade collaborated to present a free 60-minute webcast titled Forced Labor – The Potential Impact to Your Global Supply Chain on Wednesday, February 26. Each year, reports show human trafficking and forced labor continue to be prevalent in the global supply chain. In response, the push to regulate supply chain due diligence is increasing globally, along with associated enforcement that affects the bottom line. This event was an update on forced labor initiatives, the steps being taken to achieve an effective approach by both government and trade, and actions you can take to ensure your company is doing its part. The speaker panel provided an overview of the key points of the current forced labor initiatives and the importance of implementing due diligence practices to protect your global supply chain (and your brand). 

February 27: Scope 3 Impact Webinar
The first of many GHG Workgroup’s Emerging Issues webinars, Understanding and Calculating Your Scope 3 Impact helped kick-start Scope 3 GHG emissions accounting. The one-hour session on Thursday, February 27 offered an in-depth look into the various tools, methods, and strategies that can get your company’s Scope 3 emissions accounting off to a good start for 2020. Quantifying your Scope 3 impact can be a complex — and often intimidating — task, but as more and more companies look beyond their own operations to reduce their effect on climate change, it is becoming increasingly important for all segments of the supply chain to address Scope 3. Featured speaker Mike Lipowicz is a Sustainability Analyst at GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. He provides climate change services for corporations across a diverse set of industries. As part of GZA’s sustainability services team, Mike has guided clients with developing greenhouse gas inventories, assessing Scope 3 impacts, and improving their supply chain environmental performance.

April 28–29: Virtual Corporate Responsibility Summit
AIAG’s first-ever virtual and interactive Corporate Responsibility Summit on April 28–29, 2020, kicked off a year of virtual events in response to growing concerns surrounding COVID-19. AIAG hosted the 2020 Corporate Responsibility Summit as a virtual interactive event — reducing carbon footprint and saving you time and travel costs. Registration fees for this virtual event were waived, making the event completely free of charge to AIAG members and non-members alike.

The event was an outstanding success with more than 1,600 registered attendees from several countries. Participation fluctuated between 600–700 attendees over the various time zones. By not having attendees drive or fly to southeastern Michigan, the event’s CO2 emissions were reduced by an estimated 200–250 tons. This is roughly equivalent to burning 23,000 gallons of gasoline.

The event focused on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ES&G) reporting and how you can manage your corporate reputation. The goal was to create awareness of corporate reporting activities and how these factors are viewed and used by shareholders, investors, and consumers. Speakers underscored the importance of environmental sustainability and showcased best practices on human rights issues and responsible sourcing initiatives.

June–July: Health and Safety Critical Issues Survey
AIAG’s new Health and Safety Advisory Committee conducted a short survey on our industry’s most pressing Health and Safety (H&S) concerns. The goal of the three-question, check-the-box survey was to help determine the most critical H&S issues for our industry today and to inform the development of specific subgroups to work on common solutions for these concerns. The survey was released at the end of June and was available through July.

September 10: Automotive Expert Event — The New Normal

September 10th’s live webinar presentation on The New Norm of the Automotive Supply Chain, led by Court Harvath, AIAG board member and senior director of solutions design at Ryder Systems, Inc, covered how COVID-19 has changed the supply chain landscape across all industries. In addition to discussing how the pandemic has created a new normal within logistics management — and why this could ultimately be a positive thing in the long term — Court focused on the new requirements and regulations for OEMs and their supply base that have forced logistics providers to modify how they design, procure, and execute. AIAG’s Automotive Expert Events are designed for people who have been in the automotive industry 10 years or less or are new to their function.


September 15: Free Virtual Cybersecurity Symposium

AIAG’s completely virtual Cyber Symposium on September 15 covered a broad range of cybersecurity-specific topics, including what you need to know about cyber criminals, IATF 16949 cyber requirements, social engineering, cyber insurance, and more. This was a new event in AIAG’s lineup, and it was another virtual opportunity to share experiences with a growing group of attendees, presenters, sponsors, and exhibitors.


September 29: Automotive Expert Event — Squad Goals

The Go-to-Meetings webinar on Tuesday, September 29 explored Squad Goals — Creating Positive Connections in a Multi-Generational Work Force. Mission Veterinary Partners Chief Culture officer Karlene Belyea’s presentation — free for AIAG members and just $25 for non-members —focused on strategies for effective cross-generational communication in the workplace, including navigating different values, identifying various feedback styles, and more. Four generations are currently in our workplaces, each with different values, causing communication challenges and conflicts when people from different generations fail to communicate effectively. This light-hearted and fun session compared the values of the four generations, identified their differing feedback styles, and left attendees with strategies for more effective cross-generational communication.

October 13–14: Virtual IMDS Conference
AIAG continued to stand with the industry throughout the year, and following the smashing success of the Virtual Corporate Responsibility Summit in April, the popular IMDS & Product Compliance Conference also went virtual. This year’s theme, “Beyond ELV & REACH: How SCiP and REC019 Are Changing the Face of IMDS Reporting,” focused on how to meet upcoming and ever-changing requirements. The event, which was offered at bargain pricing compared to normal cost: just $39 for members and $59 for non-members, covered the impacts and customer requirements of global chemical regulation as well as recent and anticipated updates to IMDS.

There were detailed presentations on SCIP & REC019 requirements/challenges, responsible sourcing, ELV in Asia Pacific & Europe, VIAQ, nanomaterials, and of course, IMDS updates on what was new in version 12.1 & 12.2 and what’s coming in version 13+. Attending this conference promised to help attendees be more insightful on reporting requirements and regulations that are already impacting day-to-day business.

November 10: GHG Workgroup Freight Sustainability Webinar
Next up in the GHG Workgroup’s Emerging Issues webinars was Engage in Freight Sustainability from Top to Bottom. This FREE webinar demonstrated how operationalizing freight sustainability leads to solid commitments and new targets, raising the bar for your industry sector. Kathleen Martz, national regions & affiliate programs manager for EPA SmartWay, offered an in-depth look into how using various tools and emissions data, management can share with employees how their freight decisions affect the organization’s carbon footprint. Martz explained how building a solid freight sustainability strategy requires support and buy-in throughout your organization, reduces emissions from transportation, and leads to opportunities for recognition from EPA SmartWay, which offers a kit that advocates can use to move sustainability up to management. Using SmartWay tools and emissions data, management can share with employees how their freight decisions affect the organization’s carbon footprint, track year-over-year performance, and set new efficiency targets.

November 19: Future Automotive Expert Webinar
Last but not least, and you still have time to register — don’t miss the Manufacturing Plant Analysis for Future Automotive Experts webinar on November 19, 2020, from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

After four decades in manufacturing, Bill May — president and founder of High Value Manufacturing Consulting (HVMC) — has visited hundreds of manufacturing facilities and identified three common traits among the “best” plants”

  • A proactive desire to understand what it takes to be the best
  • Unending desire to understand how other manufacturers are performing
  • An insatiable desire to continuously improve operations

In this presentation, Bill will not only share real-world insights on how the best facilities operate, but also provide attendees with a working knowledge of how to accurately assess the performance and efficiency of a manufacturing operation, and a basis to benchmark their own plant’s performance against the best in the industry.