FCA Joins ‘Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network’ to Help Build a More Ethical Electric Vehicle Supply Chain

December 10, 2019

, Auburn Hills, Mich.

FCA currently announced that it has assimilated a Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network (RSBN), an attention partnership regulating blockchain record to support sustainable, obliged sourcing and prolongation practices from cave to market. 

Built on a IBM Blockchain Platform and positive by RCS Global Group, a RSBN is on lane to turn commercially operational by open 2020. Simultaneously, FCA will work with RSBN to launch a tellurian review and snippet of cobalt in a supply chain. 

Traceability and mapping of tender materials are essential to some-more well and preemptively lessen reprobate practices that bluster a destiny for a communities where a tender materials are sourced.

“Our joining to a obliged buying of tender materials is critical to a firmness and sustainability of a supply chain, generally as a foundation plan ramps up,” pronounced Carl Smiley, Chief Purchasing and Supply Chain Officer, FCA. “Embarking on this tour together with record and attention leaders will propel a ability to have prominence into artisanal and small-scale mines, permitting us to improved conduct a amicable and environmental impacts of a business.”

FCA intends to launch some-more than 30 electrified nameplates by 2022, and a consortium will assistance capacitate a obliged supply sequence of cobalt, that is used in lithium-ion batteries that energy electric vehicles. 

RSBN is building an open, industry-wide blockchain height to snippet responsibly constructed minerals from source by to finish product, with RCS Global assessing any participating entity opposite obliged sourcing mandate set by a Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and attention bodies. RSBN participants embody Ford Motor Company, Volkswagen Group, Volvo, LG Chem and Huayou Cobalt.

“We are hugely vehement that Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, one of a world’s heading automobile manufacturers, has assimilated a RSBN. With this move, FCA signals a vigilant to dynamically residence a emanate of obliged sourcing in a supply sequence and we demeanour brazen to operative with them to grasp this,” pronounced Dr. Nicholas Garrett, CEO, RCS Global Group. “The RSBN is expanding rapidly, joining actors via a battery supply sequence and beyond, all of whom have a concentration on proof good use in obliged sourcing and production.”
 
“We are vehement to acquire FCA to a Responsible Sourcing Blockchain Network (RSBN) as this will assistance to enhance a advantages of a network to many some-more participants opposite their tellurian supply chain,” pronounced Dirk Wollschlager, General Manager, IBM Global Automotive, Aerospace and Defense Industries. “RSBN has already done poignant swell in improving reliable sourcing of minerals.”

Additionally, FCA recently contributed to a Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) Foundation Upstream Due Diligence Smelter Fund to assistance capacitate smelters and refiners to partially equivalent a costs of on-the-ground due industry activities, in line with a Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development (OECD) due industry guidelines. The Foundation supports a charitable, systematic and educational functions of a Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI), of that FCA is a member.

FCA corporate citizenship efforts are aligned with a United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, that aim to residence tellurian challenges, including those associated to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and assent and justice.

The Company also uses and teaches suppliers a OECD 5-Step Framework for Upstream and Downstream Supply Chains, that provides a common and foundational apparatus to assistance indurate obliged sourcing practices and decisions done via a supply chain. FCA requires that suppliers and their sub-suppliers belong to all germane tellurian laws and regulations. 
 
Visit FCA 2018 Sustainability Report to learn some-more here.
 
About FCA
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is a tellurian automaker that designs, engineers, manufactures and sells vehicles in a portfolio of sparkling brands, including Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Fiat Professional, Jeep®, Lancia, Ram and Maserati. It also sells tools and services underneath a Mopar name and operates in a components and prolongation systems sectors underneath a Comau and Teksid brands. FCA employs scarcely 200,000 people around a globe. For some-more sum per FCA (NYSE: FCAU/ MTA: FCA), greatfully visit www.fcagroup.com.