The teams presented a diverse set of ideas focused on bringing affordable, accessible, efficient, safe and enjoyable mobility to a broader consumer base, while easing urban congestion. Among the concepts that were explored were autonomous and connected vehicles, shared rides, partial ownership, electrification and the subscription model.
The second workshop consisted of interns working in our Purchasing and Supply Chain Management organizations, whose challenge was the topic of responsible sourcing, specifically related to the safety and integrity of the global supply chain with respect to potential human rights issues. Our interns learned that FCA believes the responsible procurement of raw materials for our vehicles is essential, even if the source of the raw material is several tiers removed in our supply chain. By taking on the roles of automaker, Tier 1 supplier, sub-Tier supplier, nonprofit organization and worker, the students examined a multi-stakeholder approach to this issue that involves a collaborative effort among the various industries, regulatory agencies, non-government organizations, customers, and suppliers.
Another initiative targeting students is Alternanza Scuola-Lavoro, a program administered by the Italian government. It aims to familiarize high school students in Italy with real working situations. To support the program, FCA launched the FCA for Education project consisting of two initiatives: FCA Adoption and FCAe_discovery. During the 2017/2018 school year, FCA Adoption engaged students in a flexible work-school program. The students were guided along a route to discover sustainability themes throughout various FCA facilities. They had the opportunity to learn from FCA managers about the many professional paths available in a global company. They could participate in typical work situations such as meetings, brainstorming sessions, on-site audits and systems analysis.
They were also invited to provide input on relevant sustainability topics. Key topics and concerns that are raised through this kind of stakeholder engagement help contribute to FCA’s understanding of where we can best apply our resources.
FCAe_discovery is an online product for students that is accessible to all Italian high schools, with tutors available to assist them when needed. Among other topics, this training module teaches the students about the increasing connection between sustainability and business processes.