Michelin’s vision is to consider sustainable natural rubber as a way to protect forests and ecosystems while ensuring satisfactory production yield and improved livelihoods for local communities.
Achieving the best balance between People, Profit & Planet is the essence of Michelin’s ‘All-Sustainable’ approach and reflected in the Group’s sustainable natural rubber policy.
The Group's sustainable natural rubber policy defines the Group's commitments and guides its efforts to transform the industry towards best practices.
Published in 2016, it was updated in 2021 and was the first to be validated by the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber.
This sets out the Group's contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Roadmap 2020 – 2025
The Sustainable Natural Rubber roadmap 2020 – 2025 sets key indicators to guide the implementation of Michelin’s approach.
Monitoring our progress
The Group’s Roadmap 2020-2025 serves as the action plan to the policy. It gives yearly targets for key performance indicators that relate to policy items.
Supplier assessments on ESG practices are rooted in Michelin’s activities to monitor risks and support continuous improvement.
Natural rubber suppliers are regularly audited to ensure their manufactured products meet the Group’s quality standards and their operating procedures comply with defined labor and environmental practices.
Since 2013, the CSR performance of the Group's natural rubber suppliers has been assessed through a desk audit conducted by EcoVadis, a sustainability ratings company specializing in the upstream value chain, to encourage them to improve their social and environmental practices.
In 2017, Michelin pursued its commitment to mapping, in association with suppliers, the social and environmental risks in its upstream natural rubber supply chain by developing and deploying RubberWay™, a mobile application.
Data is then analyzed on a web platform to create a map highlighting the areas of potential social and environmental risks.
A core component of Michelin’s sustainable natural rubber commitment is to support and provide assistance to both village farms and smallholders in addition to its direct suppliers.
Engaging Michelin's stakeholders
Thanks to close relationships with its suppliers and smallholders, the Group contributes to their social and economic development through training sessions and other activities.
In 2023, Michelin, together with its subsidiaries, joint ventures and partners conducted 467,000 field trainings for over 90,000 rubber farmers.