Assessing risks linked to raw materials in automotive

Drive Sustainability announced the Risk Assessment Study at the ‘OECD Forum on responsible mineral supply chains’. The research was conducted by The Dragonfly Initiative (TDI) in collaboration with Drive Sustainability and the Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI). CSR Europe coordinates this partnership.

The Risk Assessment Study includes the following:

  • Assessment of 37 materials used in the manufacture of automobiles and electronic products  
  • Top 17 material profiles for highest risk in countries selected by Drive and RMI members

Two sets of criteria were used to assess the risk of the materials:

  1. Importance for automotive industry
  2. Association to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks and impacts.

While the majority of the materials covered by the study are derived from mined minerals and subsoil resources, they are not exclusively so. The non-mined materials included are leather and natural rubber. Furthermore, not all the materials studied are “raw materials” in the strict definition of the word, as many undergo significant transformation before they reach the factory gate.

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