Untangling the Supply Chain – How Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Engages with Suppliers
Although industries like to imagine their supply chains as neat and orderly organization charts, the reality is that more often they are tangled, fluid, and full of potential for the unexpected. Many companies have been impacted by a negative event, only to discover that it occurred at a sub-tier company that they were not even aware was part of their supply chain.
One way FCA US, a member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (FCA) family of companies, addresses this uncertainty is through our Supplier Sustainability Panel. This forum was created several years ago to engage a cross section of suppliers, chosen to represent all commodity groups, company sizes, and varying levels of expertise in sustainability. The Panel addresses current and emerging issues, shares best practices and develops messaging and solutions that can be modeled and then disbursed throughout the FCA US supply base. The influence of this work is multiplied across the automotive supply chain due to the considerable overlap of suppliers among automakers.