Audi aims to be a little more eco-friendly by implementing a sustainability rating system for their suppliers. The aim is to then only be in business with a positive rating, meaning suppliers have now another area to improve on, which is sustainability. Audi is looking to join the likes of tech companies which started looking at fully sustainable data centres. Audi hopes to achieve that through their supplier system as well.
How Audi will enforce this is to carry out checks on the supplier’s production plants as well as rely on suppliers to disclose it themselves.
“For us, a sustainable supply chain is an important strategic goal,” stated Dr. Bernd Martens, Audi’s Board of Management Member for Procurement. “We are now taking an even more proactive approach to this issue. We will carry out audits in advance and on the spot to see whether suppliers’ operations are sustainable. Only those suppliers that maintain our standards can be Audi partners.” With the new ratings, Audi is creating more transparency and taking environmental protection and good working conditions into account when placing orders. “This will make sustainability into just as important a selection criterion as costs, quality, technological expertise, and innovativeness.”