Audi is present in more than 100 markets and produces at 13 production locations in 10 countries in order to be as close to its customers as possible. Accordingly, the company’s supply chain is highly complex. Audi therefore attaches great importance to extensive monitoring of its own value chain: The reduction of CO₂ emissions, careful handling of resources, and social responsibility are top priorities.
In order to live up to these goals, the company is developing environmental standards, campaigning continuously for better working conditions, and increasingly integrating new technologies to increase traceability in the supply chain. It is both a challenge and an opportunity, as Marco Philippi, Senior Director Procurement Strategy, and his colleague Johanna Klewitz, Team Lead Procurement Strategy, Sustainability, explain in the interview. Marco Philippi, AUDI AG, Senior Director Procurement Strategy Mr. Philippi, why is there an increased focus on sustainability in the supply chain at Audi? Marco Philippi: Because this is where roughly one quarter of all CO₂ emissions will be generated at Audi by 2025. The battery of an electric car comes with a huge backpack of CO₂ from upstream manufacturing processes. Our aim is to reduce it as best we can even before the car is handed over to the customer. There are also risks associated with the raw materials used. The switch to electric mobility thus creates entirely new challenges within the supply chain. At the same time, new opportunities also arise, and we intend to make use of them. How do you […]