Sustainable Natural Rubber Platform looking for leaders
The China Chamber of Commerce of Metals, Minerals and Chemicals Importers and Exporters (CCCMC) and CSR Europe are co-launching the Sustainable Natural Rubber ‘Collaborative Platform’. This Platform will strive to make the global natural rubber supply chain green, inclusive and responsible.
The Platform will drive positive change and continuous improvement for more sustainable business practices that mitigate risks and improve smallholder and community livelihoods. Focus will be placed on promoting a series of practical actions such as: jointly conducting supply chain risk assessments and improvement strategies; improving supply chain transparency; and, improving the governance capacity of supply chain companies.
This will be done with a group of leading companies in the rubber value chain, constituting a global industry-wide partnership and approach to deal proactively with social, environmental and ethical issues in the rubber supply chain.
The project will also increase efficiency across the industry by outlining and implementing a pathway to the highest possible standards for the production and use of sustainable natural rubber throughout the value chain.
The project aims to:
- Agree on core issues in the rubber industry; abide by the set of principles and criteria laid out in CCCMC’s “Guidance for Sustainable Natural Rubber” and collaborate with relevant international standards and certifications.
- Formulate the “Common Principles and Commitment” of the Global Sustainable Natural Rubber Collaboration Platform.
- Develop and test the implementation process for companies’ rubber supply chain due diligence systems. The due diligence system will allow a multi-tier approach, with specific tools for different actors in the natural rubber supply chain.
- Select at least one rubber sourcing supply country to pilot a capacity building programme that promotes capacity building of rubber supply chain actors in regards to mitigating risks and improving the livelihood of communities. Following a successful pilot, this could be used as a model for further collaborative action in the sector and other sourcing countries.
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