The first one is the Catena-X Automotive network, which encourages greater data interchange among supply chain partners. Catena-X, previously designated as the Automotive Alliance, was created by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA).
The second is the Responsible Supply Chain Initiative (RSCI), which was also unveiled late last year by the VDA and 14 other automotive partners (of which Ford is one). It provides evaluation tools and recommendations to firms trying to make their supply networks environmentally sustainable.
Data to handle disruption
Catena-X, according to Ford, provides universal principles for data and information interchange across the supply chain and will leverage from a large network of corporate and scientific partners. Quality management, maintenance, supply chain management, and sustainability are all areas of emphasis.
“Ford’s partnership with Catena-X will lead the firm in improving sustainability, ensuring human rights standards are met, and making supply chains even more transparent,” the company stated in a statement.
The collaboration endeavour is intended to make dealing with supply chain disruptions, raw material shortages, and component monitoring more efficient and straightforward.
Concurrently, the RSCI’s goal is to provide a systematic evaluation methodology for evaluating the sustainability of enterprises in automotive logistics, encompassing ethical integrity, occupational health and safety, and environmental protection.
“Modeling a sustainable future necessitates a comprehensive approach and realistic solutions,” said Helmut Philipp, sustainability specialist of Ford of Europe and vice-chair of the RSCI. “Projects such as RSCI provide businesses with the possibility of working with sophisticated and standardised industry standards for individual corporate environmental assessment.” This allows a diverse variety of firms to cooperate toward a shared aim.”
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