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Japanese car manufacturers aim to unify battery recycling

Japanese car manufacturers aim to unify battery recycling | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

Japanese automobile manufacturers have announced plans to launch a project in October, in which old EV batteries will be collected and recycled. Corresponding factories are being set up in seven prefectures: Hokkaido, Akita, Ibaraki, Aichi, Okayama, Hiroshima and Yamaguchi. The undertaking is mainly being organized by the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association and the ministries for Economy, Trade and Industry. The set up of an efficient and sustainable battery recycling system is the goal, with the costs being borne by the maximum of parties. An organization named Japan Auto Recycling Partnership will be focusing on the operative parts of the venture, which is funded by the automobile manufacturers. The Japanese manufacturers have shown readiness to cooperate on a number of fields, including solid-state batteries and resource procurement, particularly cobalt. This sudden readiness for cooperation is likely closely tied to the sudden regional competitors springing up in China over the last years.

EcoVadis's insight:

Great job by Japanese car manufacturers. Countries often don’t have the infrastructure required to ethically or efficiently handle waste recycling, leading to a buildup of harmful chemicals that affect populations near dumping sites.

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Supply Chain News: Ford Details Approach to Supplier Engagement and Sustainability

Supply Chain News: Ford Details Approach to Supplier Engagement and Sustainability | Sustainable Procurement News | Scoop.it

In a recent issue of ISM's Inside Supply Management, Jonathan Newton, global lead - supply chain sustainability for Ford Motor Company, shared some insights into the way Ford is engaging suppliers generally and specifically in terms of sustainability.

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This article from Supply Chain Digest details Ford's supply chain engagement measures at tier 1 level. This includes capacity building, a formalized engagement program and industry collaboration. It would be interesting to know further which specific mechanisms the company has in place to assess its suppliers, how many audits are carried out, what is Ford's global CSR risk management approach...

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