Posted on June 21, 2016

Michelin's Policy on Sustainable Natural Rubber

Keen to protect natural forests, and particularly primary forests and areas of high environmental value likely to be jeopardized by the development of rubber cultivation, the Group advocates a responsible land management policy.

By all reasonable means, the Michelin Group ensures that the natural rubber it uses comes exclusively from plantations that fully comply with the "zero deforestation" principles:
- National forest protection laws are observed;
- Primary forests are completely protected and preserved;
- Areas of High Conservation Value (HCV) as defi ned and audited by the HCV Resource Network (https://www.hcvnetwork.org/) are protected and preserved;
- Areas of High Carbon Stock (HCS) as defined and audited by the HCS Approach Steering Group (http://highcarbonstock.org/) are protected and preserved.

The identification of these areas using participatory mapping and the outlining of suitable management methods are subject to a consultation of all of the stakeholders involved (local communities, scientific, institutional and non-governmental organizations) to ensure economic, social and environmental needs are taken into account and the proposed farming techniques are socially accepted.

Procedures and methodologies are implemented in order to ensure that these areas are not destroyed, developed or damaged.

Read Michelin's Sustainable Natural Rubber policy.



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About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (michelinman.com