For the second year in a row, Bridgestone EMIA has been awarded a Platinum rating in the annual EcoVadis sustainability assessment, in recognition of the sustainability achievements of the subsidiary of the Japanese tire and rubber giant Bridgestone Corporation.
With the awarding of the Platinum status, Bridgestone EMIA is now in the top 1 percent of over 100,000 companies from over 200 industries across the world.
EcoVadis is one of the world’s largest and most trusted providers of business sustainability ratings. The company uses a system of scorecards based on an advanced technology platform, and backed by a global team of experts, to assess sustainability performance, scoring companies out of 100 in four key areas: Environment, Labour & Human Rights, Ethics, and Sustainable Procurement.
Having first being assessed by EcoVadis in 2015, Bridgestone EMIA has progressed from being ranked in the top 12 percent of companies, to the top 4 percent in 2018, before sealing its place in the top 1 percent in both 2021 and 2022, thanks to the tire manufacturer’s continued commitment to sustainable business practices.
Bridgestone points out that the improved score this year in the Labour & Human Rights category validates its ongoing application of its Global Human Rights Policy. Throughout the year, the company conducts due diligence across its significant supply chain and range of operations, ensuring that it meets and exceeds societal expectations.
In the assessment category of Sustainable Procurement, Bridgestone’s work to continuously apply and strengthen its Global Sustainable Procurement policy helps drive sustainability throughout the entire supply chain – to benefit both the environment and the communities it operates in. Bridgestone EMIA’s scores in the remaining categories of Environment and Ethics remained the same as the year before, even as the company has brought forward new evidence and initiatives to demonstrate its on-going sustainability journey and commitment.
Koji Takagi, Management Board Member and Chief Sustainability Officer, Bridgestone EMIA
Commenting on the EcoVadis ranking, Koji Takagi, Management Board Member and Chief Sustainability Officer, Bridgestone EMIA, said, “Receiving the top rating from EcoVadis for the second consecutive year confirms Bridgestone’s strong commitment to sustainability, and the fact we continue to provide social and customer value as a sustainable solutions company. We are particularly pleased to be recognised for our efforts to drive sustainability not just within Bridgestone but also throughout the entire supply chain. This rating reaffirms the positive impact our various initiatives are having and gives us renewed encouragement for our plans for the years ahead