Sustainable Development Goals (U.N.)

Aware of the new challenges posed by economic globalization, Michelin is an active participant in the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, a United Nations-led initiative that encourages private companies to adopt a socially responsible attitude.

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Below are listed Michelin's actions against the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (the sub-objectives are in italics).

These actions are notably developed in the Registration Document that the Group publishes each year; references are made in parentheses with the abbreviation "cf". 

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 created a joint venture in Indonesia with Barito Pacific Group to produce eco-responsible natural rubber. The project involves the reforestation of three concessions located respectively in the provinces of Jambi (Sumatra) and North-East of Kalimantan-Timur (Borneo), for a total area of 88,000 hectares ravaged by deforestation. While one half of the land will be planted with rubber trees to produce natural rubber, the other half of the plots are intended to recreate a natural environment, to allow the local population to grow food crops and to re-plant other endemic plant species. In the long term, this project should 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.

Better cultivation is the commitment made by Michelin for more than 10 years by developing MICHELIN UltraFlex technology: thanks to this breakthrough innovation, agricultural machines respect the soil better thanks to running lower pressure in the tires that limit compaction of the soil and at the same time maximizing crop yields. With telescoping technologies, Michelin offers tire pressure management, helping farmers improve yields and productivity while minimizing the impact on the soil.

Goal 3

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

By 2020, halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents

Michelin's commitment to road safety occurs at different levels.

  • Within research and development, through innovations that ensure a high level of performance of its products maintained throughout their lifetime.
  • Through a presence on/at the executive committee of the Global Road Safety Partnership and the support of the FIA Action for Road Safety program incorporating 236 initiatives to improve road safety in more than 70 countries over the last 5 years, such as: school bus driver training in Turkey and Indonesia, helmet distribution for two-wheeled users in Bangkok (Thailand), Road Safety Day involving families (and especially children).
  • In the countries in which we operate, with a commitment to Road Safety both by employee volunteers in the framework of Local Life Involvement programs and through the actions of the Michelin Foundation.

Finally, the Group also maintains numerous institutional collaborations within the framework of the actions orchestrated by the UN such as the actors of Road Safety meeting at the mid-point of the Decade of Actions); a member of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC), a committed partner of the Global Road Safety Partnership and YOURS, the Group focuses its efforts on sharing experience and identifying the levers available to businesses to strengthen Road Safety.
 

By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination

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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". This commitment is confirmed by facts, since 84% of the Group's 86,145 employees who responded to the "Forward Together" study in 2017 believe that, at their place of work, Michelin never compromises the safety of its employees in order to achieve other targets (costs, deadlines, etc...). Chemical hazard (cf. Registration Document 6.2.3 b) is an important element of the prevention of personnel’s health and safety, which concerns all the products and substances used, the pollutants present in the manufacturing fumes and asbestos used in the past. Regarding the tire usage phase, Michelin has been particularly involved in regards to the  potential impacts on the environment or tire wear particles on human health (cf. 6.3.3 c).

The Group has also set itself the objective of reducing the environmental footprint of its industrial activity, in particular emissions of volatile organic compounds (cf. 6.4.1 "the MEF indicator" and 6.4.2 "other discharges in the air"). Michelin has put in place controls and actions to limit emissions from boiler rooms (NOx and SOx) and aqueous discharges, as well as to avoid discharges into the soil (cf. 6.4.2). 

Goal 4

Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning

By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that 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

Through the corporate sponsorship structured by the Michelin Corporate Foundation (cf. 6.3.2 c) and the volunteering actions carried out under the Local Life Involvement program (cf. 6.3.2 b), the Group has implemented several support and human development programs, in the population catchment areas where it is established: the education of young children furthest from primary education, and raising awareness to the interest in technical courses as well as for young men as young women, are part of the Group's recurring focus of commitment, all over the world.

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 decisionmaking in political, economic and public life

The fight against all forms of discrimination against women and girls, particularly through the promotion of career paths in all of its industrial activities, is a Group commitment. Michelin has set a target of 30% women in management positions by 2020 (26% in 2017); globally, for the seventh consecutive year in 2017, one out of every three employees recruited is a woman (cf. 6.2.6 c) in the "employees, technicians and supervisors" and "managers" categories. Michelin also promotes solidarity networks in the company; in this respect, the Women Forward Women's Network is supported by the Group President and offers training, coaching, mentoring and co-development. This network is invested with studies to lead on feminization including sales forces and industry.

Goal 6

Ensure access to 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 a criterion taken into account in the water management method for all of the Group's industrial sites. Each year, water recycling and reuse systems are implemented or optimized (cf. 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.

The availability and uses of water resources are criteria taken into account in the water management method for all of the Group's industrial sites. In addition, Michelin has set a goal to reduce the environmental footprint of its industrial activities; including water withdrawals (cf. 6.4.1 The MEF indicator and the MEF indicator evolution). Since 2010, the volume of water withdrawn per ton of tires produced has decreased by 27%, which is decrease of 7.8 million m3 withdrawn in 2017 when compared to 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 on two axes to increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix: setting up facilities producing renewable energy on its sites (cf. 6.4.4 Reducing the carbon footprint of industrial activity), on the one hand; the development of mobility systems based on hydrogen fuel cells (cf. 6.4.4 Hydrogen, key technology for carbon-free transport), on the other hand.

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 is convinced that a company cannot fight alone against climate change. Partnerships, collaborative platforms and synergies between the various actors in the transport sector are essential for creating sustainable mobility of the future. Michelin is playing a unifying role by becoming heavily involved in the COP (Conference of the Parties) process on climate change, bringing together new mobility ecosystems at its annual MOVIN'ON international event and promoting innovative ideas for the future through its Open Lab Mobility collaboration platform (cf. 6.4.4 Actions against climate change).

Goal 8

Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Improve progressively, through 2030, global resource efficiency in consumption and production and endeavour to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation, in accordance with the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production, with developed countries taking the lead

It is throughout the tire’s life cycle that the impact on natural resources (energy, raw materials, and water) must be improved in a circular economy approach. The use phase represents between 80 and 95% of the impacts of tires on the environment. Michelin is mobilizing four levers in favor of better use of resources. This is the Michelin 4R strategy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Renew (cf. 6.4.3 The Circular Economy).

The Group's priority is to increase tire energy efficiency while simultaneously improving other product performances, particularly safety, noise and lifetime. Reducing the rolling resistance of tires helps to reduce the fuel consumption of vehicles and thus reduce local pollutant emissions (NOx, SO2 ...) as well as CO2 emissions resulting from the use phase. In addition, extending the life of the tire allows for a more efficient use of the raw materials used and dampens the amount of energy consumed during the manufacturing process over a greater number of kilometers traveled. This is Michelin's approach to designing tires that meet the challenges of sustainable development. This approach is based on life cycle analysis to understand the potential impacts of tires and reduce - or even eliminate - them from the product design stage.

Therefore the Group is investing heavily and sustainably in research and development to offer more environmentally responsible products. In particular, the Group made three commitments in this respect: to improve by at least 10% the total performance of our products compared to 2010 while reducing the need for raw materials; save 3 billion liters of fuel over the life of the tires, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 8 million tons (based on 2010 levels); and contribute to the development of the circular economy, with 30% of renewable or recycled materials, in the manufacture of tires. These commitments are monitored annually (cf. 1.1.9).

Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms

The Michelin Group has been a member of the UN Global Compact since 2010 and recognizes the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights, as well as the OECD Guidelines for multinational companies. In this context, a multidisciplinary working group has been piloting, since 2015, a continuous improvement approach on Human Rights. These requirements also result in special attention to our suppliers (cf. 6.3.2 a).

Goal 9

Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

Promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and, by 2030, significantly raise industry’s share of employment and gross domestic product, in line with national circumstances, and double its share in least developed countries

Our raison d'être: "to offer everyone a better way to move forward”. The Group has put in place a Sustainable Mobility strategy, which benefits everyone, fully integrated into a circular economy approach (our "4R Strategy"), notably committing to eco-responsible management of natural rubber or biomaterials limiting our dependence on fossil-based raw materials, and translating into concrete 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.

Michelin's vision of the tire industry is expressed by the Group through its approach to the circular economy and sustainable use of resources (cf. 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, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.

The Group deploys an approach in favor of diversity (cf. 6.2.6), accompanied by ambitions and indicators monitored each year, such as, by 2020 (cf. 1.1.9): to have 75% of management positions occupied by employees coming from internal mobility reflecting the ever-increasing diversity of the Group (76% since 2016), integrating 30% of women into management and control positions (nearly 26% in 2017), counting in growth areas 80% of the top managers from growth areas (74% in 2017). Similarly, in 2006 the Michelin Group adopted a policy on the employment of disabled people, which aims to provide employment for people with disabilities or to maintain the employment of those who become disabled during their careers; moreover, when legal thresholds exist in a country, Michelin has a minimum objective to achieve them.

Goal 11

Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

Strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage

The Michelin Corporate Foundation (cf. 6.3.2 c), created in January 2014, aims to intervene in all the countries where the Group operates, by supporting high-quality, innovative projects in line with the humanist culture and Michelin's values of respect, on five issues: sustainable mobility, sport and health, solidarity and education, protection of the environment, culture and heritage. In 2017, 78 projects were supported financially, for more than 13 million euros.

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, and 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.

In addition, as a member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Michelin is involved in the project "SIMPLify" ("Sustainable Mobility Project", previously). This planning tool for urban mobility, available to cities to help them develop sustainable urban mobility plans, has been successfully tested in 6 "pilot" cities: Bangkok (Thailand), Campinas (Brazil), Chengdu ( China), Hamburg (Germany), Lisbon (Portugal) and Indore (India); the European Commission has approved this methodology by developing technical assistance for 55 cities in Europe.

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 waste generated in tire production sites (cf. 6.4.3 Prevention and waste management), and to reduce the amount of raw materials needed to manufacture tires, while at the same time maintaining performance during taxiing and braking and by extending the kilometers traveled (cf. 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 the reduction of the environmental footprint of its industrial activity (cf. 6.4.1 "Reducing the Environmental Footprint of Industrial Sites"). The measurement of this footprint was defined in 2005. It has been published with the annual result in the Group's non-financial report every year since 2005.

In terms of sustainable consumption, Michelin has a long history of offering tire retreading as a means of saving resources, as well as manufacturing lighter and more fuel-efficient tires with fewer resources (raw materials). and energies), which last longer, while still offering as much security and progress on other performances (cf. 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 approach (cf. 6.3.4a) is co-ordinated within each Purchasing area and Region with the support of a global network. The training program for the Purchasing teams also includes a specific mandatory "Sustainable Purchasing" module for all purchasers, technical specifiers and key internal partners of the Group. Similarly, to ensure compliance with the ethical rules set out in the Code of Ethics and the Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct, the Group's reference documents, an online training module has been developed and is being rolled out.

Goal 13

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts

Integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning

The Group is taking action to combat climate change through a policy established in 2015 with four priority actions: to reduce by 20% the energy consumption induced by tires per kilometer traveled by 2030 compared to 2010; to reduce by 50% in absolute value the CO2 emissions of industrial activities in 2050 compared to 2010 (provided that 65% of the purchased energy is of renewable origin); to put its know-how and innovation culture to the development of electric vehicles with a long autonomy, and integrate its products and services to new mobility of people and goods; support the establishment of a global carbon price. Its actions are reinforced by strong involvement as a federator of the transport sector for sustainable mobility (cf. 6.4.4 "Actions against climate change").

Goal 14

Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

Through its activities, the Group is unable to act significantly on this Objective.

Goal 15

Sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, 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 NGO World Wildlife Fund (WWF) since 2015 to promote the sustainable natural rubber initiative worldwide (cf. 6.3.2 d). In Indonesia, reforestation programs on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo continued to be developed as part of a joint venture with Indonesian partner Barito Pacific. Finally, the Michelin Corporate Foundation funds awareness programs runs by WWF in Indonesia to mobilize local stakeholders on environmental issues and promote their 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 number 2

Goal 16

Promote just, peaceful and inclusive societies

End abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture of children

The Group is careful not to be complicit in human rights violations, to eliminate forced and compulsory labor, and to eradicate all forms of child labor. Michelin intends to promote international human rights law by recognizing the fundamental conventions of the International Labor Organization (especially the texts on the prevention of child labor, forced labor and discrimination) and the Guiding Principles OECD for Multinational Enterprises.

In particular, child labor was the subject of an in-depth review in 2017; the legal age in each of the 18 industrial countries of Michelin has been reviewed; human rights impact studies conducted in the countries systematically analyze the potential risks of employing minors: the report at this stage concludes that there is a low risk of child labor in Michelin's own activities. Group suppliers operating in countries at high risk for child labor have been identified.

Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms

In its Code of Ethics, Michelin formalized in 2010 some basic rules and guidelines that should govern the decisions of each employee on the theme of the prevention of corruption. In 2015, the Group adopted a clear and practical Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct (cf. 6.3.3 b) to make managers and employees aware of actions that could reveal corrupt behavior, by providing examples and providing tips to prevent these behaviors. Specifically, it deals with typical cases such as “corrupting gifts” and bribes, the use of agents or intermediaries, preferential payments or incentives, charitable and political contributions, gifts and invitations. The progressive roll-out of this code in all regions of the Group, since September 2015, is done in accordance with local legislation and consultation procedures of the local representative staff bodies. In addition, the Group has set up an ethics committee that meets twice a year to analyze deficiencies and adapt rules and processes.

Goal 17

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, in particular developing countries.

Encourage and promote effective public, public-private and civil society partnerships, building on the experience and resourcing strategies of partnerships.

Committed since 2010 to more sustainable mobility, the Michelin Group is a stakeholder in the United Nations Global Compact and its 10 principles, covering a voluntary commitment framework, an international reference framework and a platform for action and exchange. Sustainable mobility is an essential lever for any global sustainable development agenda: it nourishes growth, which is necessary for health, employment and culture. To succeed, it implies the collaboration of public authorities (national for roadmaps, as local vis-à-vis road safety).

In order to frame the voice of the transport sector during COP21, Michelin with a group of NGOs created the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) in 2015. This platform helped to structure and carries the voice of non-state sustainable mobility actors in climate negotiations since COP21. PPMC is proposing a global macro-roadmap for Transformation of Transport by 2050, which is fully in line with the Paris Agreement.

In terms of technological innovation, the Group also has an open innovation approach, with 300 operational research partnerships worldwide. Michelin federates more than 200 entities (large companies, start-ups, international organizations, professional and academic sectors, consultants and experts), in Europe and North America, in an innovative and collaborative "Think & Do Tank", of which the aim is to promote innovations and concrete solutions for a better sustainable mobility and, ultimately, to bring them to the public authorities: "the OpenLab".

Building on the OpenLab, the annual event "MOVIN'ON by Michelin" (formerly Challenge Bibendum) has emerged as the annual meeting for sustainable mobility worldwide.