Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG)
Established in 1982, AIAG is a not-for-profit association where professionals from a diverse group of stakeholders – including retailers, suppliers of all sizes, automakers, manufacturers, service providers, academia, and government – work collaboratively to streamline industry processes via global standards development & harmonized business practices. We promote our objectives primarily by publishing standards and offering educational conferences and training. Member companies donate the time of volunteers to work at AIAG in a non-competitive, open forum that is intended to develop recommendations, guidelines and best practices for the overall good of the industry. Over 900 industry volunteers provide subject matter expertise to AIAG initiatives. As an AIAG member, you and your company can influence and help streamline the automotive industry’s commercial processes.
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- Business Type:
- Non-governmental organization (NGO)
- Industry Type:
- Automobile & Ground Transport
- Market Focus:
- Globally (various continents)
- Year Founded:
At AIAG, everything we do is inspired by our enduring mission, values and vision. Our vision statement guides every aspect of our business:
“AIAG is the catalyst for peak performance to establish
a seamless, efficient and responsible supply chain.”
The organization was founded by visionaries from the three largest North American automotive manufacturers – Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. Membership has grown to include Japanese companies such as Toyota, Honda and Nissan, and many of their part suppliers and services providers.
AIAG membership offers:
A Uniquely Collaborative Environment: All key stakeholders engage in an open, neutral, legal and professional forum focused on addressing emerging threats to the sustainable growth of our industry.
A Connection: An industry voice carries more weight than that on an individual company. Members not only hear about new regulations, standards and requirements first; they help to shape them.
Powerful Networking Solutions: Subject matter experts from all sectors of the automotive supply chain work TOGETHER to initiate projects that produce working solutions to critical industry problems and/or share best practices to eliminate redundant systems and processes that will positively impact the way they do business… and their bottom line.
As an AIAG member, you and your company can influence and help streamline the automotive industry’s commercial processes. As the global marketplace demands more cooperation and partnering, AIAG’s position in the industry will continue to help you grow.
As a service organization, AIAG’s success depends on being CUSTOMER DRIVEN. We recognize that we have both external and internal customers (member companies, volunteers, consumers of our products and services, partners, and AIAG staff). The true measure of our success will be our ability to deliver world-class customer service and satisfaction. We will leverage the following core values and behaviors to realize this goal.
Bias for Action
- Demonstrates a sense of urgency. Meets and strives to exceed customer expectations everyday
- Employees are empowered to uncover and resolve problems so customers have a positive and valuable experience
- Prioritizes activities and focuses first on the most critical tasks necessary to reach AIAG’s business goals
- Listens to customers; looks for opportunities to create and deliver on high quality products and services
- Is consistently honest and truthful in dealing with others, successfully building trust, openness and rapport
- Actively pursues personal learning by continuously updating knowledge, skills, and abilities through challenging assignments, and applies new learning to yield positive business results
- Challenges the logic with an alternative and thoughtful solution
- Proactively shares specific, relevant and timely information with internal and external customers to make data driven decisions for continuous improvement
- Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability in leveraging the cross functional knowledge and resources available across the organization
- Regularly follows through on, and frequently exceeds, commitments made to others
- Demonstrates collaborative problem solving and the inclusion of others by sharing tasks and information so that desired customer outcomes are the highest priority (Problem solving not finger pointing)
- Celebrates AIAG successes and openly acknowledges all contributions from across the organization
To be successful today, the automotive industry and its supply chain partners must contend with heightened expectations from a range of stakeholders on complex corporate responsibility (CR) issues:
- Many governmental regulations affect the use and management of chemicals in the production process both in the United States and abroad.
- Legislation requires companies to disclose annually the use of “conflict minerals,” from mines under the control of violent forces in Central Africa, in any automotive part or system.
- A growing number of regions, countries, and non-governmental organizations throughout the world require companies to report greenhouse gas emissions, which factor into financial firms’ assessments, stockholder decisions and customer perceptions.
- The increased globalization of automotive production makes understanding and managing the impact of working conditions on business a greater challenge than ever.
By being both proactive and collaborative, AIAG brings our members together to develop innovative solutions to these and other common CR challenges, both national and international.
AIAG understands the range of CR issues and laws affecting the automotive and related industries, and we stay on top of changing conditions and expectations. Using this intelligence and our unique position at the nexus of multiple industries and companies, we develop the active insights, trainings and tools our members need to operate responsibly—and profitably.
Our corporate responsibility work is guided by a CR Steering Committee, which is facilitated by AIAG and comprised of senior staff volunteers from our member companies, including FCA, Delphi, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Toyota, ZF TRW and many others. The Committee, along with its Advisory and Working Groups of members and subject matter experts address industry issues in three core issue areas:
Continuous Improvement with Broad-Based Engagement
AIAG's Quality initiatives span the wide array of product development, manufacturing, service, and customer experience improvement activities challenging our members companies in today's ever changing automotive industry.
While grounded in the quality standards and core tools that are the foundation of automotive quality excellence, the current AIAG quality initiatives are exploring new issues, providing insights, and the latest tools and methodologies to support the manufacturing technology and product innovation advancements that are required from successful and growing suppliers and OEM's.
Achieving Peak Efficiency
Recent events have clearly demonstrated the challenges in managing the scope, scale and complexity of today's automotive supply chain
AIAGs materials management, ecommerce and logistics initiatives are far-reaching and can have a significant impact on supply chain efficiency - whether the goal is to improve the flow of information, reduce in-transit damage, speed up the flow of parts through international borders, or provide greater visibility anywhere in the system.
AIAG Supply Chain Management initiatives provide guidelines, training and educational opportunities to understand and manage the complexity and scope of supply chain issues.