Supporting automakers and their suppliers in building and advancing conservation programs across their operations to create positive outcomes for the environment, the industry, and the communities in which we operate.
Members of the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) share a common vision of working together to improve environmental sustainability and competitiveness of the global automotive supply chain. While environmental sustainability encompasses many important issues, advancing biodiversity conservation within both our own operations, as well as those of our suppliers, is one component of this vision and the focus of SP’s Biodiversity Work Group.
We believe corporate conservation programs need not be complex or costly and often begin with a small step, such as the establishment of a pollinator garden at a single site. Pollinators, like the Monarch butterfly, are critical to our ecosystem and are in decline globally, in part due to lack of habitat. And, when considering the position and scale of the automotive industry’s manufacturing footprint in North America in relation to the annual migration patterns of species like the Monarch Butterfly, we feel that we have a unique opportunity to work together to collectively achieve greater impact in creating meaningful new habitat for such species on our corporate lands.
Featured Resource – SP / WHC Pollinator Toolkit
A practical guide to improving and protecting biodiversity through the creation of locally appropriate pollinator habitat. This toolkit is intended for use by SP members, their employees, and community partners. It provides practical information to support pollinator communities with a garden or a grassland habitat enhancement activity. The suggested model of engagement is adapted to the opportunities and constraints of the corporate reality and is designed to support a wide range of biodiversity and business objectives, from social license to operate to sustainability reporting.
To demonstrate leadership as an industry by working together to create a connected corridor of wildlife habitat across our operations, and within the communities in which we operate, to create meaningful new habitat for migratory species of concern in North America such as the Monarch butterfly.
SP Biodiversity Work Group Mission
To provide a platform to educate, engage and recognize actions of public and private stakeholders across the automotive value chain in implementing conservation projects that are individually meaningful, yet collectively groundbreaking.
Pollinator Project Challenge
In 2019, SP Biodiversity Work Group Co-Chairs Kevin Butt (Toyota Motor North America) and Sam Qureshi (Waste Management Sustainability Services) issued a challenge to SP member companies to work together through the Biodiversity Work Group and make a commitment to implement or expand a pollinator project at one, or more, of their sites. We understand that not every project will be successful, but we ask that participants commit to try it and provide information back to us on the outcomes of their pollinator project efforts.
A variety of large and small SP member companies have now taken this challenge on, including companies such as DENSO International America, ES Group, ERA Environmental Management Solutions, FCA, FIC America Corp, Ford Motor Company, GHD, General Motors, Heritage Interactive Services, Honda of America Manufacturing, Lear Corp, Mobile Fluid Recovery, MPS Group, Robert Bosch LLC, Sustainable Materials Solutions LLC, Tetra Tech, Toyota Motor North America and Waste Management.
Through a memorandum of understanding with the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC), participating SP members receive access to complimentary conservation resources to help guide them through a pollinator project design and implementation process, along with one-on-one technical support from WHC conservation specialists where needed.SP has also engaged with the Pollinator Partnership to provide its members with additional educational resources and ideas to support pollinator conservation on their sites and within their communities. In addition, experts at the Wildlife Habitat Council and ERA Environmental Management Solutions are supporting SP in collecting data from participating SP members to assess their progress in support of the SP Pollinator Project Challenge.