The big vehicle news of the day is that car industry heavyweights Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, and Subaru have joined the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment (SP) in an effort to reduce their environmental impact while increasing value of the automobile supply chain. Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, their suppliers, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are also members of SP – a groundbreaking partnership that fosters business-centered approaches to environmental protection.

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SP works closely with the EPA to promote sustainable and innovative business practices and invites small, medium sized, and large automotive and vehicle suppliers to participate. Members are encouraged to work together and learn from each other in an effort to find the most sensible approach to growing the automotive industry. The announcement made by SP today demonstrates the commitment by these large automobile manufacturers to find innovative solutions to reduce their environmental impact.

SP’s Executive Director Steve Hellem said in a press release that “The addition of Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and Subaru with SP’s present OEM members that include Chrysler, Ford and General Motors provides a solid foundation of vision and action that will help SP expand the numbers of automobile supply chain companies that are working collaboratively toward SP’s vision of improving the environmental and economic sustainability of the automobile industry and its supply chain.” Certainly this is an unprecedented show of solidarity among competitors and we hope it yields some excellent results.

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