As a founding member of the recently-launched Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR), Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. has turned its attention to the human and environmental issues related to the growth, harvesting and use of natural rubber. Its position has now been set out in the company’s ‘Sustainable Natural Rubber Policy.’
The new GPSNR isn’t without its critics. Campaign organisation Mighty Earth notes that no NGOs have joined so far, and suggests that the platform is thus “already failing” from the outset to exemplify leadership within the rubber industry.
Members of the Tire Industry Project (TIP) and other stakeholders came together on 25 October to celebrate the inauguration of a new platform for positively transforming the natural rubber supply chain. Following 12 months of stakeholder collaboration, the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) has been launched with what is described as “an ambitious and wide-reaching set of priorities” for the natural rubber chain.