The German tire maker's efforts have been recognized, as the company once again received top marks in 2022 for its sustainability initiatives from the non-profit CDP (what had been the Carbon Disclosure Project).
Conti receives top CDP rating for natural rubber supply management
"We want higher efficiency and lower emissions," said Claus Petschick, head of sustainability at Continental Tires. "By 2050 at the latest, we want to achieve fully sustainable supply chains, and we are working at full speed to reach this goal.
"Receiving this score once again from CDP proves that we are on the right track to further reduce our emissions generated both within our company and externally."
Continental has received the top rating for five years in a row, mainly because of its integrated and holistic approach to mitigating the inefficiencies of "complex and fragmented" supply chains for natural rubber.
The company has used digital technology and data management systems to do this, and its initiatives have been effective up and down the supply chain, Conti said in an April 18 release announcing the top rating.
From training smallholders to collaborate with German development agencies, to the company's research into alternative sources for natural rubber, sustainability remains a commitment, Conti said.
Most of the criteria for the recent CDP award concerned Scope 3, or full supply line, emission measurements.
"To enable it to assess the sustainability performance of suppliers, Continental has been working with EcoVadis, the world's leading provider of sustainability ratings for companies and global supply chains, since 2017," Conti said. "Clear responsibilities and obligations for the selection of suppliers help minimize environmental risks and emissions, as well as social and human rights risks."
Conti has said that by 2030 it will use 100-percent sourced natural rubber in its tire production.
In addition to the rating from the CDP that put Conti in the top 8 percent for similar-sized companies, the company received an "A-" rating from CDP in climate protection.
The non-profit organization awarded this distinction to only 1.5 percent of the companies that took part in the assessment. In the area of sustainable water management, Continental maintained its performance from the previous year, receiving a "B."
More than 13,000 organizations were analyzed worldwide, according to Conti. Besides Scope 3 emissions, criteria included corporate governance.
And what you can measure, you can fix.
CDP focuses on strategies that help make environmental risks and emissions along value chains measurable—so that they can ultimately be minimized.
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