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No sustainable development without a sustainable purchasing policy

The development of sustainable mobility is Michelin’s key purpose, its raison d’être. Our objective is to halve the environmental footprint of our industrial activities by 2020 and reduce the CO2 emissions caused by our tire use by 10%, whilst reducing our raw material consumption. These efforts will be pointless if they are not supported and shared by our suppliers and their own subcontractors along a clean virtuous production chain. This is why several years ago we implemented a sustainable purchasing policy.

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The Michelin Group’s Corporate and Social Responsibility policy is committed to its relationship with suppliers and subcontractors. Leader in this field, particularly in natural rubber, we are instigating a genuine dynamic for environmentally responsible practices. It is our role to educate suppliers and help them move forward in this direction.

Luc Minguet, General Purchasing Director, Michelin Group

Specific requirements

Relationships with our suppliers are governed by the Performance and Responsibility charter, which covers many issues from quality requirement to transparency and respect for people and the environment. 

In this particular area, our demands are very high. We require our suppliers to observe not only the environmental standards of their own country but also standards in countries where we sell our products. When these standards are less restrictive than Michelin standards, we apply our own.

We also ask suppliers to set up a real environmental management system to measure the impact of their activities. We encourage them to develop products with a low environmental impact, which involves lowering greenhouse gas emissions and reducing waste and packaging. We want them to develop their business whilst protecting the environment.

The work we have accomplished with the rubber industry (we are its number one client worldwide) is an excellent example of our practices in this field.
 

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Regular checks

We prefer long-term relationships with our suppliers based on mutual trust. This does not mean we do not check up on them! New suppliers are carefully assessed before being validated, and the environmental performance of our historic partners is constantly assessed. The objective is to identify areas to improve with them and envisage solutions together. We also encourage them to apply for ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and TS 16949 certifications. The last two are a prerequisite for our raw material suppliers.

Since 2012, 563 suppliers have produced a CSR assessment and 154 of these were new suppliers in 2016. The initial objective in 2012 was that 70% of our key suppliers would achieve Michelin standards. We surpassed this target as in 2016, 74% of them met our criteria. Those who did not are continuing their efforts in that direction. 300 new supplier checks are scheduled for 2017. 

2017 Décision Achats Awards

Michelin receives the Gold Award in the Corporate Social Responsibility category

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Michelin was recognized for all its CSR/PRM initiatives of the last few years in front of 400 other purchasing companies, at the Décision Achats Awards in Paris on February 23rd. This award recognizes our commitment to responsible purchasing and celebrates the efforts of our global purchasing teams.
 

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