Supply Chain

Our Suppliers Respect Human Rights and Protect the Environment

Our Suppliers Respect Human Rights and Protect the Environment

Understanding Our Supply Chain

As we expand our global operations, we continue to map our complex supply chains to understand their origins. New suppliers are required to disclose the details of their supply chains so we can verify sources and identify risks via third-party audits.

Taking Action

Focusing on Priority Materials

Engaging Suppliers

Once we mapped our supply chains, we engage in local contexts to identify risks and develop measures to respond to those risks. This includes visits to countries at the source of our supply chains, audits, collecting GHG emissions data and external stakeholder engagement.

Priority Materials

We focus our efforts on the following materials due to the identified risks and the leverage we have: lithium, nickel, cobalt, aluminum, silica, tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold (3TG).

Less Material Extraction Needed

While the total land use, capital investment and resource requirements are high, a sustainable energy economy actually requires less investment and less material extraction than continuing today’s unsustainable path. In the long run, the transition to sustainable energy will reduce global mining and extraction needs.

Battery Chemistry Diversity

Lithium only accounts for roughly 1.5% of the full battery pack weight. Additionally, iron phosphate battery packs contain no cobalt or nickel. In addition to our own cell manufacturing operations, we're currently using cells from four different suppliers with three different battery chemistries.

On the Ground

We recently visited Canada, Chile, Rwanda, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Indonesia to complete social and environmental risk assessments. This provided a nuanced understanding of regional needs—including the importance of artisanal and small-scale mining for local livelihoods, opportunities to minimize water usage by mining with new technologies and more.

Our Standards

We actively engage with our suppliers to address the potential of human rights violations in our value chain, holding our suppliers to the following standards:

Tesla Supplier Code of Conduct

Tesla Global Human Rights Policy

Tesla Responsible Sourcing Policy

Tesla Code of Business Conduct and Ethics

OECD Due Diligence Guidance

International Material Data System (IMDS)


2022 Impact Report