Local community involvement
Michelin sets great store by its relationships with all of its stakeholders, but more particularly with the communities near its facilities. The Group is heavily involved in employment, mobility and education.
Michelin Development helps put the Company's global social responsibility into practice by working to spur economic development and job creation in its local host communities. This one-of-a-kind entity adjusts the type of support it provides to the specific local requirements, drawing on Group experts on a case-by-case basis.
Expertise and support
Group experts provide very specialized expertise and technical support for local project leaders in a wide variety of areas, including information systems, workplace safety, energy efficiency, quality control, marketing and sales, finance, recruitment, international development, IT, production organization and flow management.
Promoting the initiative in a wide variety of countries
SIDE (Société Industrielle de Développement Économique), which became Michelin Development in 2010, has helped create over 32,000 jobs in the world since 1990.
From 2002 onwards, similar organizations were set up in other European countries. In 2015, Michelin Development was present at 27 sites in Europe.
In 2015, Michelin Development helped create 2,000 jobs in France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and North America.
In the United States, Michelin Development North America has invested over $10 million in a wide variety of small local businesses since 2006. Under the Michelin Development Program rolled out in Ontario, Alabama and South Carolina, the Company is investing increating quality, sustainable jobs, and effectively contributing to local communities' economic prosperity.
A new program drawn up in 2013
Michelin seeks to blend into local community life with the help of its employees, who are themselves very keen to get involved. In the spirit of Michelin's Performance and Responsibility approach, the Group wants to contribute to the sustainable development of its host communities through stronger, more systematic and more targeted initiatives. The new commitments contained in the Ambitions for 2020 expand on and update its recommendations from 2004.
The Michelin Corporate Foundation
In January, 2014, the Group set up the Michelin Corporate Foundation.
It aims to strengthen the Group's commitments to society by supporting projects, works or public-interest bodies that foster personal development, strengthen the social fabric, help people in hardship or show solidarity in all of the Group's host countries.
The Foundation is active in five areas:
- sustainable mobility;
- environmental protection;
- social action;
- sport and health;
- culture and heritage.