A strong commitment to sustainable natural rubber
We drafted our international public commitment in collaboration with all of our stakeholders, and made it public in 2015. It is organized around five themes: respecting people, protecting the environment, improving farming practices, careful use of natural resources, and good governance.
An active role in the creation and operation of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber
The Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) was founded in October 2018 and launched in March 2019, with the support of the TIP (Tire Industry Project, a joint project with the main tire manufacturers and hosted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Rubber). It unites around half of natural rubber stakeholders to improve the industry’s performance as part of working groups that explore avenues for progress.
Considerable attention to research and development
Thanks to our teams of agronomists and our experimental research center in Salvador de Bahia, Brazil, the Group contributes significantly to the development of better farming practices.
We also help develop tools to map CSR risks, such as the Rubberway project.
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Lastly, the Michelin Corporate Foundation finances scientific research projects in the public interest.
Concrete action in the field
. In 2015, Michelin and our Indonesian partner Barito Pacific created a joint venture, RLU, to develop rubber plantations, protect primary forests, and restore ecosystems in Sumatra (66,000 ha) and East Kalimantan, Borneo (22,000 ha). This project is carried out in partnership with the WWF. Over time, it should create 16,000 local jobs and protect thousands of hectares of tropical forest of high environmental value as well as local fauna (elephants and tigers in Sumatra, orangutans in Borneo).
Ongoing dialogue with all stakeholders
As part of our good governance practices, the Group’s sustainable natural rubber commitment calls for intense dialogue with all stakeholders, planters, producers, manufacturers, customers, civil society representatives, researchers, academics, and international organizations, whether on the ground or during specific meetings. For example, since 2014, the Group has brought together NGOs for biannual consultations. The next one will take place in the first quarter of 2020. The Group also regularly publishes an evaluation of its CSR practices.