To address the question “What corporate responsibility issues will the automotive industry encounter over the next decade?” the Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) launched a survey designed to explore current and emerging trends in corporate responsibility and sustainability (CR/S).
The AIAG is seeking survey feedback from automotive industry stakeholders on upcoming corporate responsibility and sustainability opportunities and challenges.
Tanya Bolden, AIAG director of corporate responsibility of products and services, said the survey allows AIAG to harness the collective knowledge and savvy of AIAG members and corporate responsibility professionals to develop industry solutions.
“While we can’t say for certain what the future holds, we can absolutely use the resources and information at our disposal today to better plan for tomorrow,” Bolden said.
Survey questions were strategically crafted to focus on three broad issues and six specific issues. The former category includes “transformational change,” which refers to the effect of technological advances and consumer mobility behaviors on automotive product design, functionality, and use; “global business drivers impacting the supply chain,” which focuses on external global forces impacting CR/S in the automotive industry; and “governance and ethics,” which includes CR/S policies on environmental, social, and labor issues.
In addition to the more extensive categories, six specific topics also help guide, but not limit, feedback. Survey respondents are prompted to select two of the six issues, such as data reporting and management, CR/S in the supply chain, or product stewardship.
Bolden said this survey format benefits everyone.
“Individuals taking the survey are able to respond to specific topics and questions based on their interests and areas of expertise, and AIAG gets the detailed input we need.”
The primary goal of the survey is to collect data on future CR/S issues—which will influence proactive initiatives to begin addressing those matters—an additional charitable goal makes participation even more rewarding. For each survey completed, AIAG will make a contribution to UNICEF, an international organization benefiting global childhood education and humanitarian efforts.
Once all survey feedback has been received, results will be analyzed and used to conduct final interviews. This last round of meetings will serve as an opportunity to gain further insights, clarify interpretations, and prioritize issues. Ultimately, survey results will be presented in a comprehensive report, which will be made available in advance for those who provide their email addresses at the survey’s conclusion.
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