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Firestone Liberia Earns Historic Certification: The World’s First ISCC PLUS Certified Natural Rubber Farm

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Firestone Liberia facility earns the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS recognition. Photo Bridgestone

Bridgestone’s Firestone Liberia natural rubber growing and processing facility earned the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS recognition. The Firestone Liberia facility is the world’s first natural rubber farm to achieve the ISCC PLUS certification.

The Firestone Liberia facility earned the ISCC PLUS certification for its efforts in reducing environmental impacts, utilizing resources efficiently and enhancing its capacity to adapt to, mitigate and build resilience to climate change. The certification also recognizes the farm for the implementation of good agricultural practices, ensuring proper working conditions, complying with local regulations and fostering effective management practices to facilitate ongoing growth and improvement.

“As we progress in our transformation to a sustainable solutions company, we are making incredible progress toward sustainable manufacturing,” said Rick Burnett, Vice President, Internal Manufacturing Division, Bridgestone Americas. “The ISCC PLUS certification is a pivotal milestone which recognizes our actions to sustainably growing and processing natural rubber as we accelerate our progress toward using 100% sustainable materials in our products by 2050.”

World’s largest contiguous natural rubber operation

The Firestone Liberia facility is the largest contiguous natural rubber operation in the world, covering approximately 118,000 acres or 185 square miles. The facility is also Liberia’s largest private employer with approximately 4,000 teammates who harvest and process natural rubber. The company also plays an active role in the Liberian community by providing teammates and their dependents free medical care and operating 23 schools, which educate more than 7,000 students.

After processing, the natural rubber is shipped to Bridgestone’s tire plants in North America and Europe for the manufacture of tires. This includes Bridgestone’s flagship EV touring tire, the Bridgestone Turanza EV, which incorporates 50% ISCC PLUS-certified recycled and renewable materials and is manufactured using synthetic rubber.

The facility’s ISCC PLUS certification represents a major stride toward the company’s 2050 goals, which include achieving carbon neutrality and producing tires exclusively from 100% sustainable materials. Bridgestone also continues to advance its R&D efforts aimed at diversifying the world’s natural rubber supply including commercializing the use of guayule natural rubber in tires.

Liberia 16th Bridgestone facility to earn the ISCC certification

The Firestone Liberia facility is Bridgestone’s 16th facility or organization to earn the ISCC PLUS certification since 2022. Notable certifications include the Firestone Polymers Polymer Engineering Pilot Center, which is the first ISCC PLUS certified Bridgestone polymer plant and the Aiken County Passenger/Light Truck Radial tire plant and Wilson, N.C. Passenger/Light Truck tire plant, which is the first two ISCC PLUS certified tire plants in America.

For more company news, visit BridgestoneAmericas.com.

 

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