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Jul 8

Michelin’s commitment to sustainable natural rubber production in Indonesia

For many years, in co-operation with NGOs and other partners, Michelin has been taking actions to shift the natural rubber industry towards more sustainable practices, to lower its global environmental footprint as well as preserve priority ecosystems.

Since 2015, Michelin has been working on a pilot project through its joint-venture Royal Lestari Utama (RLU)  to develop sustainable natural rubber plantations in Sumatra and East Kalimantan, Indonesia.

A “zero deforestation” commitment on 88,000 hectares of land in tropical rainforest which supports high levels of biodiversity and provide ecosystem services of global importance, that was highly deforested and degraded prior to Michelin’s involvement.

The aim is to apply best practices to produce sustainable natural rubber, supporting the development of local communities, while protecting and restoring a key habitat for Sumatran elephants and tigers, as well as Borneo orangutans residing in and around RLU concessions in Jambi, Sumatra and East Kalimantan.

Source: Michelin

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