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Sumitomo Rubber supports IRSG’s NR sustainability project

Sumitomo Rubber Industries, as part of its ongoing commitment to preserving the environment and fulfilling our various corporate social responsibilities (CSR), will participate in the Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i), which was established by the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) with the aim of ensuring the sustainability of natural rubber as a resource.

The SNR-i is a project launched by the IRSG with the stated objective of establishing a sustainable global natural rubber economy that balances economic, environmental and societal needs throughout the entire natural rubber supply chain-from production to consumption. The initiative establishes guidelines for the five aspects, supporting Improvements of Productivity, Improving the Quality of Natural Rubber, supporting the forest and woodland sustainability, water usage management and respecting basic human rights and labour rights of the natural rubber supply chain while promoting continuous improvement among participating companies, who have each committed to abide by these guidelines through independent, voluntary activities.

Rubber Group’s main line of business-are primarily composed of natural and synthetic rubber, with natural rubber accounting for approximately 30% (by weight) of the total materials used to make a standard tyre. As it is harvested from rubber trees, natural rubber can be considered an inherently sustainable resource; however, by declaring our support for the SNR-I, the Sumitomo Rubber Group has now committed itself to enacting measures to conform with the initiative’s guidelines toward ensuring the sustainability of the entire natural rubber supply chain from production to consumption. Thus, we are now working to implement a natural rubber procurement system that achieves harmony with the environment and with society.

 

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