GOAL 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere
By 2030, ensure that all men and women, in particular the poor and the vulnerable, have equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to basic services, ownership and control over land and other forms of property, inheritance, natural resources, appropriate new technology and financial services, including microfinance.
In 2015, Michelin started a joint venture with Barito Pacific Group to produce eco-friendly rubber in Indonesia. The project involves reforesting 88,000 hectares ravaged by deforestation, spread across three sites located in the provinces of Jambi (Sumatra) and northeastern Kalimantan-Timur (Borneo). Half of this land will be planted with rubber plants to produce natural rubber, while the other half will be dedicated to recreating a natural environment and enabling local residents to raise subsistence crops and reintroduce endemic plant species. This project should ultimately create 16,000 direct or indirect local jobs.
GOAL 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
By 2030, ensure sustainable food production systems and implement resilient agricultural practices that increase productivity and production, that help maintain ecosystems, that strengthen capacity for adaptation to climate change, extreme weather, drought, flooding and other disasters and that progressively improve land and soil quality.
Michelin has been committed to better farming for more than 10 years, with the development of MICHELIN UltraFlex technology: This innovation makes it possible for agricultural equipment to better protect soil thanks to low tire pressure, which limits soil compaction and maximizes yields. Michelin’s offers use remote inflation to improve tire pressure management and help farmers improve their yields and productivity while minimizing the impact on soil.
GOAL 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all
By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.
The Michelin Group has a multifaceted commitment to road safety.
In research and development, the Group innovates to ensure that its products maintain high performance throughout their lifespans.
- Through its membership on the executive board of the Global Road Safety Partnership and support for the FIA’s Action for Road Safety program, with its 236 initiatives to improve road safety in more than 70 countries during the past five years, including training for school bus drivers in Turkey and Indonesia, helmet distribution for motorbike users in Bangkok (Thailand), and Road Safety Days for families (especially children).
- At the national level in countries where Michelin operates, in the form of a commitment to road safety driven by employee volunteer involvement in both community engagement programs and Michelin Corporate Foundation initiatives.
The Group is also involved in numerous institutional partnerships on U.N. initiatives, including the road safety stakeholders’ meeting for the midpoint of the Decade of Action, the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration, the Global Road Safety Partnership, and the Youth Movement for Road Safety. The Group focuses on experience sharing and identifying ways businesses can act to improve road safety.
By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination.
In its Health and Safety Declaration, Michelin affirms "its desire, first and foremost, that every person working within the Group should do so in healthy and safe conditions." The evidence backs up this commitment, because 84 percent of the 86,145 Group employees who responded to the "Moving Forwards Together" survey in 2017 said that Michelin never compromises its employees' safety to achieve other aims (costs, deadlines, etc.) in their workplace. Chemical risks (RD 6.2.3 b) are an important employee health and safety concern. They include all products and substances used, the pollutants present in manufacturing emissions, and historic asbestos use. When it comes to how the tires it produces are used, Michelin is strongly committed to addressing the potential environmental and human health impact of particles generated by tire wear (RD 6.3.3 c).
The Group also has set a target for reduction of its industrial activities' environmental footprint, particularly in terms of volatile organic compound emissions (6.4.1 "the MEF indicator" and 6.4.2 "other air emissions”). Michelin has implemented controls and actions to limit boiler emissions (NOx and SOx) and wastewater discharge and prevent soil contamination (RD 6.4.2).
GOAL 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so they are ready for primary education.
By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.
The Group has implemented a number of programs for individual support and development in the areas where it operates, through philanthropic endeavors structured by the Michelin Corporate Foundation (RD 6.3.2 c) and volunteer initiatives as a part of the Community Engagement program (RD 6.3.2 b): The Group’s regular areas of focus worldwide include schooling for children who lack access to primary education and efforts to spark interest in technical careers in both young men and women.
GOAL 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision making in political, economic and public life.
The Group is committed to ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls, particularly by encouraging careers in all its industrial activities. Michelin has set a goal of 30 percent women in management by 2020 (26 percent in 2017); in 2017, for the seventh year running, women accounted for one-third of all administrative employees, technicians, supervisors and managers hired worldwide (RD 6.2.6 c).
Michelin also encourages the development of support networks within the company. The "Women Forward" women’s network, for example, is supported by the president of the Group and offers training, coaching, mentoring and co-development. The network also will perform studies on women's employment, particularly in sales and industry.
GOAL 6: Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.
Water quality is one of the criteria in the water management process applied on all Group industrial sites. Water recycling or reuse systems are implemented or improved every year (RD 6.4.3 Sustainable use of resources).
By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity.
Water resource availability and usage are two of the criteria used in the water management process applied on all Group industrial sites. Michelin has also set an objective for reduction of the environmental impact of its industrial activities, including water use (RD 6.4.1 The MEF indicator and The Evolution of the MEF Indicator). Since 2010, the volume of water used per tonne of tires produced has dropped 27 percent, for a 7.8 million m3 reduction in water use in 2017 compared with 2010.
GOAL 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
By 2030, increase substantially the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Michelin is working in two areas to increase the share of renewables in the global energy mix: setting up renewable energy production installations on sites (RD 6.4.4 Reducing the carbon footprint of production operations) and developing hydrogen-powered mobility solutions (RD 6.4.4 Hydrogen, a key technology for carbon-free transportation).
By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology.
Michelin believes that a company cannot fight climate change alone. Partnerships, platforms and synergies with different transportation sector players are essential to create the sustainable mobility of the future. Michelin has taken on a unifying role, through its extensive involvement in the COP (Conference of Parties) process on climate change, by developing new mobility ecosystems at its annual event MOVIN'ON, and by promoting innovative ideas through its collaborative platform, Open Lab Mobility (RD 6.4.4 Helping to Mitigate Climate Change).
GOAL 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavor to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programs on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead.
Tires' impact on natural resources (energy, raw materials, water) must be improved throughout their life cycle, using a circular economic approach. The Use phase accounts for 80 percent to 95 percent of a tire’s environmental impact. Michelin acts on four drivers to promote better use of resources. This is the Michelin 4R strategy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Renew (RD 6.4.3 The Circular Economy).
The Group's top priority is to make its tires more energy efficient while simultaneously continuing to improve their other performances, particularly safety, noise and durability. Reducing tires' rolling resistance helps reduce vehicles' fuel consumption and thus emission of local pollutants (NOx, SO2, etc.) as well as CO2 emissions generated during the use phase. Increasing a tire's durability also leads to more efficient use of raw materials and amortizes the energy used in manufacturing over more kilometers driven. That is Michelin’s approach to designing tires that rise to the challenges of sustainable development. The cornerstone of this approach is analyzing a tire's life cycle to understand and then reduce (or eliminate) its impact from the product design phase.
The Group is making major long-term investments in research and development to offer the most environmentally responsible products possible. The Group has made three major commitments to that end: improving total product performance by at least 10 percent compared with 2010 while also reducing raw material needs; saving 3 billion liters of fuel over the tire lifespan, thus reducing CO2 emissions by more than 8 million tonnes (compared with 2010); and contributing to developing the circular economy by achieving 30 percent renewable or recycled material in tires. These commitments are monitored on an annual basis (RD 1.1.9).
GOAL 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise the industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product, in line with national circumstances, and double its share in least developed countries.
We are here to offer everyone a better way forward. The Group has implemented an inclusive Sustainable Mobility strategy that is fully integrated into an approach grounded in the circular economy (our “4 Rs” strategy), including a commitment to responsible management of natural rubber and using biomaterials to limit reliance on fossil-based raw materials, an approach that has already produced real results (world leader in energy-efficient tires for cars and trucks, world leader in retreading, etc.).
By 2030, upgrade infrastructure and retrofit industries to make them sustainable, with increased resource-use efficiency and greater adoption of clean and environmentally sound technologies and industrial processes, with all countries taking action in accordance with their respective capabilities.
The Michelin Group expresses its vision for the tire industry through its adoption of the circular economy and sustainable use of resources (RD 6.4.3 The Circular Economy).
GOAL 10: Reduce inequality within and among countries
By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, regardless of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion, economic or other status.
The Group applies a structured approach to foster diversity (RD 6.2.6), alongside objectives and indicators that are monitored each year, including the following goals for 2020 (RD 1.1.9): ensuring that 75 percent of management positions are held by people from within the Company, reflecting its ever-increasing diversity (76 percent since 2016), increasing the percentage of women in supervisory and management roles to 30 percent (close to 26 percent in 2017), increasing the percentage of local top managers in growth zones to 80 percent (74 percent in 2017). In 2006, the Michelin Group defined a policy on employment of people with disabilities, with the goal of offering employment to people with disabilities and retaining employees who become disabled. In countries that impose hiring quotas for people with disabilities, Michelin's systematic minimum objective is to achieve those levels.
OBJECTIVE 11: Make cities and communities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
The Michelin Corporate Foundation (RD 6.3.2 c), established in January 2014, is active in all countries where the Group operates. It supports innovative, high-quality projects that fit Michelin's humanist culture and values of respect and address one of five issues: sport and health, community and education, environmental protection, culture and heritage. In 2017, it provided 13 million euros in financial support to 78 projects.
By 2030, provide access to safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable transport systems for all, improving road safety, notably by expanding public transport, with special attention to the needs of those in vulnerable situations, women, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.
By 2030, reduce the adverse per capita environmental impact of cities, including by paying special attention to air quality and municipal and other waste management.
The emergence of new players including NGOs, regional governments, cities and social media shows the importance of "soft law." Today's policymakers need support from innovative public-private partnerships worldwide. The Group is committed to road safety (RD Goal 3) on three levels: as a tire manufacturer, through the technological progress offered by its products and services, particularly its experience in competition (Michelin and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile partnered to launch the international "Golden Rules" campaign as a part of the FIA's "Action for Road Safety" program); as an employer, Michelin decided in 2015 to include road safety in its Group Health Policy; as a global stakeholder, Michelin is a member of the United Nations' "Road Safety Collaboration," a member of the "Global Road Safety Partnership," and a founding member of Youth for Road Safety.
As a member of the World Business Council For Sustainable Development, Michelin is also involved in the "SIMPlify" project (previously the "Sustainable Mobility Project"). This urban mobility planning resource, which is made available to cities to help them develop sustainable urban mobility plans, has been successfully tested in six pilot cities: Bangkok (Thailand), Campinas (Brazil), Chengdu (China), Hamburg (Germany), Lisbon (Portugal) and Indore (India). The European Commission has approved this methodology and developed technical support for 55 European cities.
The Group is also involved in open innovation: Michelin's Movin'On Labs bring together more than 200 entities, including major companies, startups, international organizations, corporate and academic research centers, consultants and experts in Europe and North America to promote practical innovations and solutions for better sustainable mobility, and ultimately to promote them to governments. The annual "MOVIN'ON by Michelin" event (previously the Challenge Bibendum), supported by the Movin'On Labs, is the annual global sustainable mobility summit.
GOAL 12: Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
By 2030, substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
Michelin is working both to reduce the amount of waste generated by its tire production sites (RD 6.4.3 Waste prevention and management) and to reduce the amounts of raw materials needed to manufacture tires while maintaining their rolling and braking performances and boosting durability (RD 6.4.3 Reduce and Reuse).
Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle.
Michelin's main contribution to sustainable production is its reduction of the environmental footprint of its industrial activity (RD 6.4.1 "Reducing the environmental footprint of the production plants"). The scope of this footprint was defined in 2005. It has been published with the annual results in the Group’s Non-Financial report every year since 2005.
Michelin has a longstanding commitment to sustainable consumption. It offers retreading to save resources and manufactures lighter, more fuel-efficient tires that consume fewer resources (raw materials and energy) and last longer while offering the same safety performance and even improvements on other performances (RD 6.4.3 The circular economy).
Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.
The Group's responsible purchasing process (RD 6.3.4 a) is coordinated by each Purchasing area and each Region, with support from a global network. The Purchasing teams' training program includes a mandatory module on "Sustainable Purchasing" for all purchasers, technical specification drafters and key internal Group partners. An online training module has also been developed and is now being rolled out to ensure compliance with the rules of ethics defined by the Code of Ethics and the Anti-Corruption Code of practice.
GOAL 13: Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
Integrate climate-change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.
The Group supports efforts to prevent climate change through a 2015 policy that defines four priority actions: reducing energy consumption due to tires by 20 percent per kilometer driven by 2030 (compared with 2010); reducing CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2050 (absolute value, compared with 2010, on the condition that 65 percent of energy purchased is renewable); using its expertise and culture of innovation to develop long-range electric vehicles and integrating its products and services into new forms of mobility for people and goods; and supporting implementation of a global carbon price. Its actions are reinforced by a strong commitment to unify the transportation sector in support of sustainable mobility (RD 6.4.4 "Helping to Mitigate Climate Change")
Michelin is also committed to sustainable mobility at the international level as a member of the PPMC (Paris Process on Mobility and Climate), a coalition of leading transportation players formed during the 2015 COP21 to make nongovernmental voices heard in implementation of the Paris Agreement. This platform was created at the joint initiative of the Michelin Challenge Bibendum / Movin'On and SLoCaT (a group of UN entities, NGOs and multilateral development banks involved in sustainable and low-carbon transportation). The Paris Agreement set a goal of a "zero net emissions" economy by 2050+, in line with the objective of limiting the global temperature increase to 2 degrees C above preindustrial levels. The PPMC continued its work during the COP23, when it proposed a "macro-road map" to decarbonize transportation.
GOAL 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Due to the nature of its activities, the Group is unable to take significant actions to further this goal.
GOAL 15: Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
By 2020, promote the implementation of sustainable management of all types of forests, halt deforestation, restore degraded forests and substantially increase afforestation and reforestation globally.
Michelin has been developing a global cooperation agreement with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) since 2015 to promote sustainable natural rubber production worldwide (RD 6.3.2. d). The Group is also involved in ongoing reforestation programs on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo as a part of its joint-venture with Indonesia's Barito Pacific. The Michelin Corporate Foundation also funds the WWF's awareness-raising programs in Indonesia, which aim to get local stakeholders involved in environmental issues and encourage development while integrating the need to preserve the forest.
By 2030, combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil, including land affected by desertification, drought and floods, and strive to achieve a land degradation-neutral world.
See Goal 2.
GOAL 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children.
The Group avoids becoming complicit in Human Rights violations and strives to eliminate forced and compulsory work and all forms of child labor. Michelin seeks to promote international Human Rights law by recognizing the fundamental conventions of the International Labor Organization (particularly the texts on preventing child labor, forced work and discrimination) and the OECD's Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.
In 2017, the Group undertook an in-depth study of child labor, including a review of the legal working age in all countries where it has industrial operations, and a Human Rights impact study in all countries to systematically analyze the potential risks of employment of minors. At this stage, the results indicate that the risk of child labor in operations managed directly by Michelin is low. Group suppliers operating in countries at high risk for child labor have been identified.
Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.
In 2010, Michelin formalized a set of basic rules and guidelines to govern all employee decisions related to preventing corruption in its Code of Ethics. In 2015, the Group developed a clear and practical Anti-corruption Code of Practice (RD 6.3.3 b) to raise managers' and employees' awareness of actions that can indicate corrupt behavior, featuring examples and advice on preventing such behavior. It includes textbook cases such as bribery and illicit commissions, the use of agents or intermediaries, payment for favors or incitement, charitable and political contributions, and gifts and invitations. This Code of Practice has progressively been rolled out to all Group Regions since September 2015, in compliance with local legislation and the local employee representative body consultation procedures. The Group has also formed an ethics committee, which meets twice per year to analyze any breaches and to modify the rules and processes.
GOAL 17: Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development
Enhance the global partnership for sustainable development, complemented by multi-stakeholder partnerships that mobilize and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources, to support the achievement of the sustainable development goals in all countries, developing countries in particular.
Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.
The Michelin Group, which has been committed to more sustainable mobility since 2010, is a participant in the UN Global Compact and its 10 principles, which represent a voluntary international engagement, an international benchmark and a platform for action and dialog. Sustainable mobility is a vital part of any global sustainable development program: It supports growth, which is key to health, employment and culture. Achieving sustainable mobility requires government support (both national for road maps and local for road safety).
Michelin and a group of NGOs founded the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) in 2015 to amplify the transportation sector's voice during the COP21. This platform has provided the structure needed to ensure that nongovernmental sustainable mobility players are heard in climate negotiations since the COP21. The PPMC has developed a global macro-road map for transforming Transportation by 2050, which fits into the framework defined by the Paris Agreement.
When it comes to technology and innovation, the Group is also committed to open innovation, with 300 operational research partnerships worldwide. Michelin’s Movin'On Labs bring together more than 200 entities, including major companies, startups, international organizations, corporate and academic research centers, consultants and experts in Europe and North America to form an innovative and collaborative "Think & Do Tank." Its goal? To foster innovations and practical solutions for better, more sustainable mobility and ultimately to promote them to governments.
The annual "MOVIN'ON by Michelin" event (previously the Challenge Bibendum), supported by the Movin'On Labs, is the annual global sustainable mobility summit.