By TT News| Sep 24, 2021

All Major Tyre Companies Adopt Natural Rubber Policies Aligned With GPSNR

Apollo Tyres, Bridgestone, Continental Tires, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Hankook Tire & Technology, Kumho Tires, Michelin, Nokian Tyres, Pirelli, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, the Toyo Tire Group and Yokohama Rubber have become the first companies to adopt natural rubber policies that are fully aligned with the policy framework of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR).

In accordance with the GPSNR framework, the company policies will cover eight major components: commitment to legal compliance, healthy functioning ecosystems, respecting human rights, community livelihoods, increased production efficiency, supply chain assessment and traceability, monitoring and reporting, and driving the effective implementation of all these components.

Edouard De-Rostolan, Natural Rubber Sustainability Manager, Michelin, said, ‘’The alignment of commitments among GPSNR members, particularly concerning the risk-based approach and the continuous improvement model, is a key driver for the platform to fulfil its primary mission, which is to create impacts on the ground to enhance the sustainability of the industry as a whole.’’

Ulrich Antoni, Natural Rubber Procurement and Sustainability Manager, Pirelli, said, ‘’It’s great to see that more and more GPSNR members have aligned their policies to the GPSNR policy framework. With the coordinated and concerted effort of GPSNR and all members, the natural rubber industry is directing individual and joint actions towards our shared goals for a sustainable natural rubber future. Pirelli will continue to take a proactive role in the platform and cascade good practices throughout the supply chain, with the ultimate goal of having an impact at the farming level too.’’

To make sure that companies have adequate support to implement these commitments, GPSNR is working on an implementation guidance document and baseline reporting requirements. (TT)


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