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Automakers Adopt Supply Chain Standards

Fourteen of the world’s largest automakers pledged to better oversee the actions of their suppliers in the areas of human rights, working conditions, ethics and the environment after agreeing to a set of best practices.

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Workers at a Toyota Motors manufacturing facility in northern Japan check paints and bodies in this 2012 file photo.

The Automotive Industry Guiding Principles to Enhance Sustainability Performance in the Supply Chain, among other things, stipulate that wages and working conditions adhere to all local laws, mandate a safe and healthy working environment, and ban the use of child or forced labor.

BMW Group, Chrysler Group LLC, Daimler AG, Fiat SpA., Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co., Honda Motor Co., Jaguar/Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Scania, Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group all agreed to follow the guidelines, which were created with the help of two associations that help companies with corporate responsibility matters, AIAG and the European Business Network for Corporate Social Responsibility. The individual auto companies may set standards that exceed those in the guidelines, which will serve as the minimum level of expectations for suppliers and subcontractors.

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