GREENVILLE, S.C.—Alexis Garcin, chairman and president of Michelin North America Inc., touted that everything the tire maker does must meet "three inseparable criteria—people, profit and planet" as part of its sustainable strategy.
The executive addressed sustainability and mobility issues during a Dec. 9 virtual presentation that was part of the North American International Auto Show's "Q'd Up Mobility" monthly virtual series.
Michelin wants to contribute to the growth and development of people and, to a broader extent, humanity, through safe and sustainable mobility. At the same time, Michelin aims to increase profitability so it can grow and invest in new technologies, while also making a positive contribution to the planet.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Michelin's priority has been the long-term health, safety and well-being of its employees, their families and communities, Garcin said.
The company implemented health and safety measures across all its facilities in the U.S. and Canada, and those measures still are in place.
Due to Michelin's vigilant safety protocols "we are confident today that none of our employees have contracted the virus within our walls," Garcin said.
In April, Michelin began manufacturing face masks, and within two months its production was sufficient to fulfill the company's needs and donate 1 million masks to hospitals and first responders.
The tire maker also has been involved in community awareness campaigns regarding COVID-19 safety measures in its local communities.
Garcin said the pandemic's disruption in lives and society has made Michelin's "I Care" leadership model, launched internally two years ago, increasingly relevant.