Hat Yai sustainable rubber workshop

Learning how to ‘do’ sustainable rubber

As part of Mighty Earth’s continuing efforts to advance sustainability within the natural rubber sector, we are thrilled to be co-publishing a new practical guide for rubber industry actors, entitled “Sustainable Natural Rubber: pathways, policies and partnerships”.

New Mighty Earth Report Finds Agroforestry Drives Sustainability in Rubber Supply Chain

Rubber agroforestry has multiple benefits for smallholder farmers, biodiversity, and the environment.

Complicit: An Investigation into Deforestation at Michelin’s Royal Lestari Utama Project in Sumatra, Indonesia

“Our evidence shows thousands of hectares of wildlife-rich rainforests were industrially deforested in Jambi in the run-up to the agreement of the RLU Project in late 2014. Michelin knew about this terrible forest destruction, they didn’t do enough to stop it, and instead chose to provide green cover to the project in order to attract green bond investors that have since sunk millions of dollars into the scheme.” Click to read full report and press release.

A Bridge Too Far? Social and Environmental Concerns in Bridgestone’s Liberian Rubber Plantation and A Plan for Remediation

This report discusses labor and environmental sustainability issues at the Firestone Rubber Plantation in Liberia, which is the single largest rubber plantation on the planet. Firestone Liberia is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tire and rubber company.

Restoration & Reparations: Reforming the world’s largest rubber company

This report documents social and environmental problems found at the Hévécam rubber plantation in southern Cameroon, which is owned by Halcyon Agri, “the world’s leading rubber franchise.”

Bad Year: Driving Deforestation

Despite having long been aware that natural rubber grown on plantations in the Greater Mekong Region has been linked to deforestation, biodiversity loss, human rights abuses, and land grabs, Goodyear has done little to mitigate these risks.