London – Tire manufacturers and NGOs are locked in a tug-of-war over the governance structure of the newly formed Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR).
The “independent platform” was formally launched 25 Oct by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Tire Industry Project (TIP) to drive up the socio-economic and environmental performance of the NR value-chain.
Its formation was led by a working group of TIP member companies: Bridgestone, Continental, Cooper Tire & Rubber, Goodyear, Hankook, Kumho, Michelin, Pirelli, Sumitomo Rubber, Toyo Tire & Rubber and Yokohama Rubber.
A number of NGOs – Mighty Earth, WWF, Global Witness, Birdlife, Rainforest Alliance, FSC and ProForest – have also been involved in discussions around the set-up of the GPSNR.
“The platform will be independently managed and is being purposefully shaped through the collaboration of businesses and NGOs,” according to Gavin Whitmore, communication manager, TIP, WBCSD.