Our latest step in tackling the social and environmental issues along the natural rubber supply chain is to focus our attention to the 3rd party supply. We recently engaged with Rainforest Alliance in a programme to map sustainability risks within our 3rd party supply chain and develop a Sustainable Sourcing Policy. We’re pleased to share that this policy has been extended to our suppliers, with the criteria offered as a benchmark to drive proactive and positive change.
This is an important step towards building coherency in policy and practice, and enforcement of protections for human rights, labour rights, and the environment across the natural rubber supply chain. This policy comprehensively addresses the following areas:
An implementation manual will be distributed before August 2020. This document will provide a clear action plan to ensure compliance with this policy which we expect our suppliers to wholeheartedly work toward. Throughout this process, we encourage extensive consultation between our companies.
We stand at a critical juncture where our commitment to ensuring that measures of heightened ethical standards, appropriate management systems to ensure compliance with laws and regulations, and shared responsibility in contributing to sustainable development are built into our daily operations.