TOKYO — Bridgestone Corp. is adopting Global Sustainable Procurement Policy that will apply to all of the tire maker's purchased materials and services, as well as to its suppliers globally.
The new policy, which has three main goals, took effect Feb. 5.
The goals are to:
- Help identify and evaluate qualified suppliers;
- Promote best practices; and
- Serve as a communication and improvement tool for the tire industry.
As the world's largest tire maker, Bridgestone has a responsibility to lead the industry's sustainability efforts, according to Jim DeMouy, vice president, environment, health, safety and sustainability, Bridgestone Americas.
"Our goal is to create long-term environmental, social and economic benefits for everybody," Mr. DeMouy said in a telephone interview from his office in Nashville, Tenn. "It's a real step forward for the industry and for us."
According to Bridgestone, the Global Sustainable Procurement Policy is guided by "Our Way to Serve," the comprehensive social responsibility program the company announced in March 2017.