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The Responsible Supply Chain Initiative (RSCI)

RSCI Assessment

RSCI advancing more sustainable automotive supply chains worldwide

RSCI was launched in October 2021 by the VDA (Verband der Automobilindustrie / German Association of the Automotive Industry) with 14 other founding members, including both automotive manufacturers such as Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW and Ford, and suppliers such as Brose, Kirchhoff, Bosch and Schaeffler. The RSCI supports members, suppliers, and stakeholders in the automotive sector and related industries to strive for a more responsible supply chain. To this end, the RSCI will provide tools, measures and general support to its members to fulfil this goal.

The program promotes supplier development and contributes to the further development and continuous improvement of sustainability. It also supports companies in implementing the requirements of customers, legislators and stakeholders and thus also contributes to the implementation of companies' human rights due diligence.

In August 2022, RSCI signed a comprehensive agreement with the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) industry association. The initiative will benefit from the Responsible Business Alliance's (RBA) auditing expertise to further its vision of promoting more sustainable supply chains in the automotive industry.

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RSCI Assessment for responsible supply chains in the automotive industry

The assessment program went live in July 2022, allowing member companies and suppliers to request RSCI assessments through the RSCI online platform managed by RBA. The program is a risk management tool created specifically for the automotive industry.

The goal is to create basic transparency about working conditions, for which corresponding audits take place directly at the production site. That way, companies that undergo an RSCI assessment implement high sustainability standards in the automotive supply chain.

The process to the RSCI-LABEL

A RSCI Assessment can be requested by all legal entities striving to be assessed against the RSCI Assessment Standard through the management system.

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1. Register

Register on the RSCI website (RBA-Online), establish trading relationships and create facilities that should receive a RSCI-Assessment.

2. Request Assessment

Request RSCI Assessment via RSCI's so-called bid process. To request an audit, go to the RSCI website and click on "Request Audit". TÜV Rheinland and the other approved audit bodies are then requested to submit a bid.

3. Conduct Assessment

TÜV Rheinland will assign a team of qualified auditors to do a visual inspection of the site and conduct interviews with employees. They also review relevant documents and evaluate the conformity of an assessed location to the RSCI Assessment Requirements with regards to social compliance as well as occupational safety and environmental protection. The assessment is handled entirely via the RSCI online portal.

4. Report

After the assessment, companies receive a report that can be shared by the Auditee on the web-based platform to stakeholders, customers and clients for a mutual recognition to avoid multiple assessments by different customers.

5. Corrective Action

In case of deviations (minor, major, critical or zero tolerance), a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) will be defined, which will be follow-up with another assessment.

6. Receive RSCI Label

The RSCI Assessment Label confirms that, based on the RSCI Assessment Requirements and Protocol, no indications of fundamental or critical non-conformities were found.

The benefits of a RSCI Assessment

  • Resource efficient application of supply chain due diligence
  • Fulfil corporate due diligence and legal requirements (e.g. the Supply Chain Due Diligence Act)
  • Action towards a more sustainable supply chain


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Important Links

RSCI: The Responsible Supply Chain Initiative

VDA: Verband der Automobilindustrie / German Association of the Automotive Industry

LkSG: German Supply Chain Due Diligence Law

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