A chain with no weak links
Our suppliers play a significant role in helping us to achieve our sustainability targets. We can only improve the overall sustainability performance of the electric mobility sector through collaboration and consistent commitment to CSR along the whole value chain: from mining to OEM (Original Equipment Manufacture) including end of life battery recycling.
What is at stake?
- 80-90% of CSR impacts come from the value chain.
(Source: Pierre-François Thaler, CEO of EcoVadis)
- China currently controls the majority of the essential raw material refining necessary for EV batteries manufacture (lithium, cobalt, natural graphite).
- ACC aims to have a supply chain that is at least 70% European by the middle of the decade.
Measuring ourselves and our suppliers by the same high standards
Building a sustainable supply chain of suppliers that respect the same environmental, social and governance standards that we do is one of ACC’s highest priorities. As is ensuring full traceability of the raw materials – particularly strategic metals.
Throughout our supply chain and the services we use, we will strive to identify and act upon actual and potential human rights risks for workers.
Sustainable Supply Chain Charter
Our Sustainable Supply Chain Charter clearly states ACC’s approach to this responsibility. It summarizes our guiding principles for the worldwide supplier network, following globally accepted standards and internationally-recognized guidelines on Environmental, Social and Governance (known as ESG1-topics).
To build a successful supplier–customer relationship, we require legal compliance from our business partners on all levels, to protect the environment and respect human rights in line with international expectations.
This Charter is one of the key tools helping us to achieve this.