TOKYO—Bridgestone Corp. has unveiled a new Global Sustainable Procurement Policy applicable to all of the tire maker's purchased materials and services, as well as to all suppliers globally.
The company officially announced the new policy from its Tokyo headquarters Feb. 5. According to Bridgestone, the Global Sustainable Procurement Policy has three main goals:
- To help identify and evaluate qualified suppliers;
- To promote best practices; and
- To serve as a communication and improvement tool for the tire industry.
As the world's largest tire maker, Bridgestone has a responsibility to lead the industry's sustainability efforts, according to Jim DeMouy, Bridgestone Americas vice president, environment, health, safety and sustainability.
"Our goal is to create long-term environmental, social and economic benefits for everybody," DeMouy said in a telephone interview from his office in Nashville, Tenn. "It's a real step forward for the industry and for us."
According to Bridgestone, the Global Sustainable Procurement Policy is guided by "Our Way to Serve," the comprehensive social responsibility program the company announced in March 2017.