"In procurement, sustainability is important. That is why Audi's procurement organisation has firmly implemented the topic of sustainability in its strategy and activities. My team is tasked with bringing about positive results for people and the environment," says Dr Klewitz, who joined Audi Procurement in 2016 and now works with a team of experts to develop and implement programmes, measures and initiatives for more sustainable supply chains. At Audi, this involves more than 14,000 partner companies of various sizes in more than 60 countries.
Their work is based on three pillars. The main focus is on people – Audi defines clear standards for working conditions for suppliers. Another pillar is innovation. Technological achievements such as AI help to better track activities and measures in the supply chains. Environment forms the third pillar. "Audi already launched a carbon programme in the supply chain in 2018 for closed-loop systems, more recycled content and greater use of green energy. My team and I also set up a sustainability rating that is binding for all partners. This involves standards such as occupational safety or environmental protection measures. A positive sustainability rating is a prerequisite for companies to receive orders from Audi," says Dr Klewitz.
And this is also where the tasks for Dr Klewitz's team arise: "We focus on a transparent communication of the requirements and also on empowering the suppliers. To this end, we rely on collaboration formats, but also on training courses, which are bundled and can be viewed in our S-Rating Info Hub, for example.