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New Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative draft - concerns & feedback

The Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i)  has been developed by the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) as a voluntary and collaborative industry project to ensure that the rubber industry can build on its best practices, and demonstrate and communicate throughout the natural rubber value chain.

Global Witness has raised some concerns about the standards set out in the SNR-i’s draft policy - saying it contains worrying holes and anomalies and that it falls short of industry-led standards for comparable commodities like timber and palm oil.

We invited the IRSG to provide additional information, and the group sent us the following statement:

The SNR  initiative is in its pilot phase and feedback from various stakeholders on the SNR-i are part of the ongoing discussions within the Working Group on the SNR-i. We have scheduled dialogue with Social and Environmental NGOs and other stakeholders for further discussions and feedback.

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Author: Rachida Boughriet, Actu environment

« Caoutchouc naturel durable : lancement d'une plateforme mondiale multi-acteurs », 22 mars 2019

La Plateforme mondiale multi-acteurs pour un caoutchouc naturel durable (Global Platform on Sustainable Natural Rubber - GPSNR) a été mise en place le 21 mars, lors du Sommet mondial du caoutchouc à Singapour…

Parmi les membres de la plateforme : des fabricants de pneumatiques et constructeurs automobiles de grandes marques, des producteurs et transformateurs de caoutchouc ainsi que des ONG internationales...

Il s'agit de la première initiative internationale "de groupes à intérêts multiples visant à lutter contre les dégradations environnementales et les atteintes aux droits de l'homme engendrées par le secteur du caoutchouc", ajoute l'ONG Global Witness.

Les fabricants de pneumatiques - dont Michelin, Pirelli, Goodyear et Bridgestone - participant à ce projet représentent les deux tiers de la production mondiale de pneumatiques. Les groupes Michelin et General Motors...se sont aussi engagés à suivre une politique d'achat "zéro déforestation".

Les membres de la plateforme auront "pour objectif d'établir des standards de production pour le caoutchouc naturel durable, ainsi que des mécanismes - et des orientations - pour la mise en œuvre, la surveillance et la vérification des engagements en matière de durabilité du caoutchouc naturel pris par les entreprises", a précisé le WWF…

Chaque année, 12 millions de tonnes de caoutchouc naturel sont produites dans le monde, principalement en Asie du Sud-Est, selon le WWF.

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4 May 2015

New Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative draft falls short on intl. standards, says Global Witness

Author: Megan Macinnes, Global Witness

"Is the rubber industry dragging its heels on sustainability?", 1 May 2015

[A]cross the Mekong region,...large-scale rubber plantations are now one of the main drivers of land grabs and deforestation. The launch of the Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative...offered hope that the industry was beginning to respond. A multi-stakeholder initiative, it is aimed at promoting the development of best sustainability practices in the rubber sector globally, including by conserving protected forest areas, and respecting human and labour rights. The standards set out in the Initiative’s recently published draft policy, however, contain worrying holes and anomalies...[T]he Initiative’s stated principles fall significantly short of industry-led standards for comparable commodities like timber and palm oil. The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil, for example, requires that members obtain the consent of local communities for any operations which could negatively affect them, in an effort to respect and protect local land rights...[T]he Sustainable Rubber Initiative ignores the issue altogether. Also, the Initiatives’ recognition of human rights is currently limited to labour rights, ignoring critical human rights considerations such as the right to food and housing. We also have concerns about how the Initiative will be implemented...[refers to Olam]

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