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Bridgestone Corporation

Natural rubber assessment
  • Latest update: March 2021
  • Next scheduled: March 2022

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Company assessment: Bridgestone Corporation – March 2021

Assessment date:

Score by disclosure type:

Total: 47.3% 56.75 / 120
  • Organisation: 13 / 28 46.4%
  • Policy: 30.3 / 51 59.3%
  • Practice: 13.5 / 41 32.9%
  • Self-reported: 9.8 / 41 23.8%
  • External: 3.8 / 41 9.2%
  • Sustainability policy and leadership Sustainability policy and leadership
    9.25 / 10 92.5%
    • Organisation: 4.5 / 5 90%
    • Policy: 2 / 2 100%
    • Practice: 2.8 / 3 91.7%
    • Self-reported: 1.8 / 3 58.3%
    • External: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      1. Sustainable natural rubber policy or commitment for all its operations?

      The company has a global procurement policy that specifies criteria for natural rubber sustainability. Additionally, it has a global code of conduct and a global CSR commitment covering environmental and social issues for the whole group.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      2. Sustainable natural rubber policy or commitment applies to all suppliers excluding smallholders?

      The company has a global sustainable procurement policy and rubber sustainability policy which applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      3. High-level position of responsibility for sustainability?

      Global Chief Sustainability Officer (G-CSTO).

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      4. One or more members within the board of the company have responsibility for sustainability?

      The company states that the CEO is responsible for the company's global CSR commitment and the CEO is the Chairman of the Board. However, the information found is more than two years old.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      5. Percentage or number of women in senior management team?

      11% - The company reports the percentage of female employees in top management positions for all regions it operates in. The figure represents the average percentage across all regions.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      6. Percentage or number of women board members?

      2 (25%) - Two out of the eight independent external directors are women.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      7. Member of multiple industry schemes or other external initiatives to reduce negative environmental or social outcomes associated with natural rubber production?

      [Externally verified] SNR-i, WBCSD.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      8. Collaboration with stakeholders to reduce negative environmental or social outcomes associated with natural rubber production?

      The company has various collaborations including some with universities and local governments on reforestation activities and research into a diagnostic technology for the rubber tree.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      9. Sustainability report published within last two years?

      Sustainability Report 2019-2020.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      10. Climate risks assessment available?

      The company has made its climate risk assessment publicly available through CDP's Climate Change questionnaire.

  • Landbank, maps and traceability Landbank, maps and traceability
    3 / 10 30%
    • Organisation: 2 / 9 22.2%
    • Policy: 1 / 1 100%
    • Practice: 0 / 0 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 0 0%
    • External: 0 / 0 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      11. Lists countries and operations?

      The company has rubber estates in Liberia and Indonesia and processing facilities in Liberia, Indonesia and Thailand.

    • N
      0 / 1

      12. Total land area managed/controlled for natural rubber (ha)?

      119,000 - A company subsidiary states that it manages a rubber farm of approximately 119,000 acres in Liberia but the information is undated. The company also has plantations in Indonesia, no information could be found regarding their size.

    • N
      0 / 1

      13. Total natural rubber planted area (ha)?

    • 14. Scheme smallholders/outgrowers planted area (ha)?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not source from scheme/outgrower smallholder suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 1

      15. Unplanted area (areas designated for future planting) (ha)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      16. Conservation set-aside area, including HCV area (ha)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      17. Maps of estates/management units?

    • N
      0 / 1

      18. Management plans for natural rubber production are available for all estates/management units?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      19. Number of company owned natural rubber processing facilities?

      4 - The company reports it has one raw materials plant in Liberia, two in Indonesia and one in Thailand.

    • N
      0 / 1

      20. Names and coordinates of company owned natural rubber processing facilities?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      21. Commitment to traceability of the whole supply chain?

      The company provides a commitment to traceability of the whole supply chain.

  • Certification standards/Sustainability initiatives Certification standards/Sustainability initiatives
    2.5 / 5 50%
    • Organisation: 1 / 1 100%
    • Policy: 0 / 1 0%
    • Practice: 1.5 / 3 50%
    • Self-reported: 0.5 / 3 16.7%
    • External: 1 / 3 33.3%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      22. Member of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR)?

      [Externally verified] The company is a member of GPSNR.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      23. Submitted self-declaration form for the Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i)?

      The company has submitted a self-declaration to SNR-i.

    • N
      0 / 1

      24. Percentage area (ha) FSC certified?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      25. Certified under voluntary sustainability certification scheme?

      Some of the company's manufacturing locations are ISO 14001 certified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      26. Commitment to become 100% certified under voluntary sustainability certification scheme?

  • Deforestation and biodiversity Deforestation and biodiversity
    4.25 / 13 32.7%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 3.5 / 8 43.8%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 4 18.8%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 4 18.8%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

      27. Commitment to zero deforestation or zero conversion of natural ecosystems?

      The company has a commitment to net-zero deforestation commitment.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      28. Commitment to zero deforestation or zero conversion of natural ecosystems applies to all sourcing excluding smallholders?

      The procurement policy specifies that suppliers are prohibited from converting natural primary forests and are required to protect peatlands, HCV and HCS areas.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      29. Criteria for defining deforestation?

      The company specified that HCV and HCS areas should not be deforested, however, there is no cut-off date beyond which deforestation or conversion would not be accepted.

    • N
      0 / 1

      30. Evidence of monitoring deforestation?

    • N
      0 / 1

      31. Amount of illegal/non-complaint deforestation recorded in own operations?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      32. Commitment to restoration of non-compliant deforestation/conversion?

      The company has a commitment to restoration of primary forests, HCV and HCS areas. However, the commitment does not specify a cut-off date beyond which deforestation or conversion would not be accepted.

    • N
      0 / 1

      33. Implementing a landscape or juridictional level approach?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      34. Commitment to biodiversity conservation?

      Committed to conserving biodiversity.

    • N
      0 / 1

      35. Identified species of conservation concern, referencing international or national system of species classification?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      36. Examples of species and/or habitat conservation management?

      The company is involved in forest and mangrove restoration and reintroduction activities of Bornean orangutans.

    • N
      0 / 1

      37. Commitment to no hunting or only sustainable hunting of species?

    • N
      0 / 1

      38. Commitment to protect areas from illegal activities?

    • N
      0 / 1

      39. Commitment not to use genetically modified organisms?

  • HCV, HCS and impact assessments HCV, HCS and impact assessments
    2 / 7 28.6%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 2 / 3 66.7%
    • Practice: 0 / 4 0%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 4 0%
    • External: 0 / 4 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      40. Commitment to conduct High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments?

      The company commits to conduct HCV assessments.

    • N
      0 / 1

      41. High Conservation Value (HCV) assessments available?

    • N
      0 / 1

      42. High Conservation Value (HCV) management and monitoring plans available?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      43. Commitment to the High Carbon Stock (HCS) approach?

      Committed to the HCS approach.

    • N
      0 / 1

      44. High Carbon Stock (HCS) assessments available?

    • N
      0 / 1

      45. Commitment to conduct social and environmental impact assessments (SEIAs)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      46. Social and environmental impact assessment (SEIAs) undertaken, and associated management and monitoring plans?

  • Soils, fire and GHG emissions Soils, fire and GHG emissions
    5 / 15 33.3%
    • Organisation: 1 / 4 25%
    • Policy: 3 / 6 50%
    • Practice: 1 / 5 20%
    • Self-reported: 0 / 5 0%
    • External: 1 / 5 20%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      47. Commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

      The company provides a commitment to no planting on peat.

    • N
      0 / 1

      48. Landbank or planted area on peat (ha)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      49. Implementation of commitment to no planting on peat of any depth?

    • N
      0 / 1

      50. Commitment to best management practices for soils and peat?

    • N
      0 / 1

      51. Evidence of best management practices for soils and peat?

    • N
      0 / 1

      52. Commitment to best/sustainable tapping practices?

    • N
      0 / 1

      53. Evidence of best/sustainable tapping practices?

    • N
      0 / 1

      54. Commitment to zero burning?

      The company only requires no burning of peatlands of its suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 1

      55. Evidence of fire monitoring and management?

      The company mentions information about conducting fire risk assessment and fire management activities in relation to company facilities and not plantations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      56. Details/number of hotspots/fires in company estates/management units?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      57. Time-bound commitment to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity?

      The company has a global commitment to reduce CO2 emissions per net sales from operations and products' after-use by 2020. The target is for all company operations, not solely natural rubber.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      58. GHG emissions intensity?

      1.416 t-CO2/t - figure represents GHG emissions intensity (Scope 1 + 2 emissions per rubber production volume, tyre business) for 2019.

    • N
      0 / 1

      59. GHG emissions from land use change?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      60. Progress towards commitment to reduce GHG emissions intensity?

      [Externally verified] The company reports its progress towards achieving its target of a 35 percent reduction in CO2 emissions per net sales from operations and products' after-use by 2020. For 2019, the reported figure was -34% compared to the 2005 baseline. The company's environmental data is verified by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance. Figures are for all company operations, not solely natural rubber.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      61. Methodology used to calculate GHG emissions?

      WBCSD GHG Protocol.

  • Water, chemical and pest management Water, chemical and pest management
    4 / 17 23.5%
    • Organisation: 0.5 / 2 25%
    • Policy: 0.5 / 6 8.3%
    • Practice: 3 / 9 33.3%
    • Self-reported: 2.3 / 9 25%
    • External: 0.8 / 9 8.3%
    • P
      0.5 / 1

      62. Time-bound commitment to improve water use intensity?

      The company has a commitment to reduce its water withdrawal intensity per unit at manufacturing facilities by 35% compared to its 2005 baseline by 2020 - this target applies to all company operations and not just natural rubber. It exceeded this target in 2019, but all of the company's facilities are not included in reporting, so it is unclear if rubber facilities are included in the target.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      63. Water use intensity?

      The company reports total water withdrawal figures and not water use intensity.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      64. Progress towards commitment on water use intensity?

      [Externally verified] The company exceeded its target with a 40% reduction in water withdrawal per unit in 2019. This information is audited by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance however it is unclear if this figure includes all rubber operations.

    • N
      0 / 1

      65. Time-bound commitment to improve water quality (BOD and COD)?

    • N
      0 / 1

      66. Progress towards commitment on water quality (BOD and COD)?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      67. Treatment of effluents from processing facilities?

      The company treats effluents from processing facilities. However, information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      68. Proportion of processing facilities with closed-loop water treatment system?

    • N
      0 / 1

      69. Commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • N
      0 / 1

      70. Implementation of commitment to protect natural waterways through buffer zones?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      71. Reducing odours from natural rubber processing facilities?

      The company makes efforts to reduce odours at natural rubber processing facilities.

    • N
      0 / 1

      72. Commitment to minimise the use of chemicals, including pesticides and chemical fertilisers?

    • N
      0 / 1

      73. Commitment to no use of World Health Organisation (WHO) Class 1A and 1B pesticides?

    • N
      0 / 1

      74. Commitment to no use of chemicals listed under the Stockholm Convention and Rotterdam Convention?

    • N
      0 / 1

      75. Chemical usage per ha or list of chemicals used?

    • N
      0 / 1

      76. Implementation of commitment to reduce chemical usage?

    • N
      0 / 1

      77. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      78. Waste management system in place to avoid negative impacts?

      The company refers to multiple environmental management systems and provides data on the amount of waste generated and recycled. However, information is not externally verified.

  • Community, land and labour rights Community, land and labour rights
    18.25 / 27 67.6%
    • Organisation: 4 / 5 80%
    • Policy: 11.8 / 16 73.4%
    • Practice: 2.5 / 6 41.7%
    • Self-reported: 2.5 / 6 41.7%
    • External: 0 / 6 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      79. Commitment to human rights?

      The company provides a commitment to human rights which refers to the Universal Declaration of Human rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      80. Commitment to human rights applies to all sourcing excluding smallholders?

      The company provides a commitment to human rights which refers to the Universal Declaration of Human rights, applies to all suppliers.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      81. Commitment to respect Indigenous and local communities' rights?

      The company provides a commitment to respect Indigenous and local communities' rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      82. Commitment to respect legal and customary land tenure rights?

      The company provides a commitment to respect legal and customary land tenure rights.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      83. Commitment to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC)?

      Committed to FPIC.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      84. Commitment to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) applies to all suppliers excluding smallholders?

      Commitment to FPIC applies to all suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 1

      85. Details on Free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) process available?

    • N
      0 / 1

      86. Examples of local stakeholder engagement to prevent conflicts?

    • N
      0 / 1

      87. Details of process for addressing land conflicts available?

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      88. Supports the inclusion of women across natural rubber operations, including addressing barriers faced?

      The company has a commitment to respect and promote diversity and support the advancement of women via a range of support actions such as flexible working hours, childcare, etc. However, information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      89. Commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      90. Progress on commitment to mitigate impacts on food security?

      The company provides one example.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      91. Commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company is committed to providing education and health facility to the local communities.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      92. Progress on commitment to provide essential community services and facilities?

      The company provides multiple examples of facilities and services provided to communities including education, health services. However, the information found is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      93. Commitment to provide business/work opportunities for local communities?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      94. Commitment to Fundamental ILO Conventions or Free and Fair Labour Principles?

      The company has a commitment to all Fundamental ILO Conventions.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      95. Commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment?

      The company has a commitment to prevent gender discrimination.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      96. Progress on commitment to eliminate gender related discrimination with regards to employment?

      The company has trained 49,000 members of staff to prevent gender discrimination. Information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      97. Percentage or number of temporary employees?

      1,617 (11%) - Figure for 2019 and includes all company operations, not solely rubber.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      98. Percentage or number of women employees?

      10.8% - The figure represents the average percentage across all regions.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      99. Commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

      Committed to pay minimum wage.

    • N
      0 / 1

      100. Progress on commitment to pay at least minimum wage?

    • N
      0 / 1

      101. Reporting of salary by gender?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      102. Commitment to address occupational health and safety?

      The company provides a commitment to address occupational health and safety for all workers.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      103. Provision of personal protective equipment and related training?

      The company provides evidence of training its employees however no information on providing PPE was found. Information is not externally verified.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      104. Time lost due to work-based injuries?

      0.24 - The company reported a severity rate of 0.24 in 2019. The company's safety-related data is verified by Lloyd's Register Quality Assurance.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      105. Number of fatalities as a result of work-based accidents?

      1 - The company states "29 serious injuries and one fatality among employees".

  • Smallholders and suppliers Smallholders and suppliers
    4.75 / 10 47.5%
    • Organisation: 0 / 1 0%
    • Policy: 3.5 / 4 87.5%
    • Practice: 1.3 / 5 25%
    • Self-reported: 1.3 / 5 25%
    • External: 0 / 5 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      106. Commitment to support smallholders?

      The company has committed to support smallholders.

    • N
      0 / 1

      107. Percentage of supply from smallholders?

    • 108. Programme to support scheme smallholders/outgrowers?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not source from scheme/outgrower smallholder suppliers.

    • 109. Percentage of scheme smallholders/outgrowers involved in programme?

      This indicator is disabled as the company reports that it does not source from scheme/outgrower smallholder suppliers.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      110. Programme to support independent smallholders?

      The company's Liberian rubber producer subsidiary states that it has "been conducting extensive, free workshops in natural rubber cultivation and processing since August 2015, and provides ad hoc advice and training when farmers have problems on their farms, such as diseased plants". However, the information found is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      111. Percentage of independent smallholders involved in programme?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      112. Process used to engage smallholder suppliers on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

      The company describes the process of engaging suppliers on compliance.

    • N
      0 / 1

      113. Number or percentage of smallholder suppliers engaged on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      114. Process used to prioritise, assess and/or engage non-smallholder suppliers on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

      The company conducts legal, environmental, social, and governance risk assessments of existing and new suppliers with Ecovadis. Suppliers may receive training as a result of the assessments.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      115. Number or percentage of non-smallholder suppliers assessed and/or engaged on compliance with company's policy and/or legal requirements?

      As of March 2020, 48 percent of the Group's Level 1 and 2 tyre material suppliers had been assessed; 55% were deemed compliant with the company's sustainable procurement policy.

    • P
      0.5 / 1

      116. Suspension or exclusion criteria for suppliers?

      The company does not provide detail on the steps taken for exclusion and/or suspension, or the timeframes for action with non-compliant suppliers.

    • N
      0 / 1

      117. Percentage of supply coming from agroforestry?

  • Governance and grievances Governance and grievances
    3.75 / 6 62.5%
    • Organisation: 0 / 0 0%
    • Policy: 3 / 4 75%
    • Practice: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • Self-reported: 0.8 / 2 37.5%
    • External: 0 / 2 0%
    • Y
      1 / 1

      118. Commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company has a code of conduct that promotes ethical conduct and prohibits corruption.

    • P
      0.75 / 1

      119. Progress on commitment to ethical conduct and prohibition of corruption?

      The company provides training on a number of issues such as antitrust and competition, and anti-bribery. A helpline for employees is also available if help is needed. Information is not externally verified.

    • N
      0 / 1

      120. Disclosure of the company's management approach to tax and payments to governments?

    • Y
      1 / 1

      121. Whistleblowing procedure?

      The company states it has a whistle-blowing web-based reporting system and phone hotline. Anonymity is protected.

    • Y
      1 / 1

      122. Own grievance or complaints system open to all stakeholders?

      The company has a grievance system which is open to all stakeholders.

    • N
      0 / 1

      123. Details of complaints and grievances disclosed?

      The company only discloses a summary of grievances including the total number received and a chart depicting the category of grievances.

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