Involving suppliers in the Group’s CSR approach
Michelin’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy, as outlined in the Michelin Performance and Responsibility Charter, “A Better Way Forward”, is a reflection of our core values. It applies to our relations with our suppliers and their subcontractors, since we expect them to apply sustainable development principles and international standards to all their activities and sites, all around the world.
The Michelin Purchasing Principles reflect these commitments and the Group’s values. They guide our actions to ensure that our customers and other market stakeholders continue to trust our brand.
Michelin works in partnership with our suppliers in a joint approach to CSR progress.
Responsible and Sustainable Purchasing Policy
Since purchasing represents close to 60% of Michelin’s sales, for the past several years the company has been taking a proactive approach towards responsible procurement with our suppliers. This means that we select suppliers, goods and services that are produced in compliance with the highest social, ethical, and environmental standards, according to the Michelin Purchasing Principles.
This approach is presented in the Responsible and Sustainable Procurement Policy which is available here
Sustainable development criteria
The Purchasing department’s Total Cost of Ownership approach includes environmental, social, and ethical requirements in our specifications for our internal customers.
There are steps we can take throughout a tire’s lifecycle to reduce its impact on natural resources, energy, and matter. Michelin takes simultaneous action in four areas during the tire’s life cycle to provide a combination of solutions that use resources more efficiently. The criteria are defined as part of the 4R Circular economy strategy used by Purchasing staff, in compliance with regulatory standards:
- Recycle (recycling and regeneration projects)
- Renew (increase the use of renewable resources)
CONFLICT MINERALS IN REGIONS AT RISK
As part of Michelin’s commitment to corporate social responsibility in its operations and supply chain, we are committed to purchasing materials and components that, directly or indirectly, do not finance or support armed groups in conflict zones. This applies to several minerals or their derivatives, such as tantalum, tin, tungsten, gold and cobalt.
In order to ensure compliance with these requirements and to verify the origin of these minerals in our supply chain, we ask some of our suppliers and their subcontractors to complete the “Conflict Minerals Reporting Template” available here to be returned to your usual contacts within the Purchasing Operations Department.
You will find the Michelin Policy on Conflict Minerals here
The training program for purchasing teams includes a specific “Sustainable Purchasing” module that is mandatory for all buyers. This module is also provided to certain internal partners. Around 80% of current buyers are trained. At the end of 2020, around 700 employees from the worldwide purchasing teams had taken this specific module (since 2011). This training module has been transformed into a series of online training modules, in order to guarantee quality training available at all times for teams around the world. Since 2020, about 200 people have taken online training modules.