AKRON—Goodyear laid out its commitment to ethical and sustainable processes in its recently released annual report on corporate responsibility performance.
The report summarizes the company's actions in 2019 that demonstrate Goodyear's continued commitment to ethical and sustainable processes, materials and programs that can help people, communities and the environment.
"As the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty that brings, it's important to find steadiness where we can," Richard Kramer, Goodyear chairman, CEO and president, said in a statement. "For Goodyear, that means relying on our foundation of ethical values, our commitment to responsible operations, our focus on the health and wellbeing of our associates, customers and communities, as well as our work to reduce our impact on the environment."
The 2019 report highlights actions taken in line with the four pillars guiding the company's Better Future corporate responsibility framework:
- Sustainable Sourcing: Goodyear increased its use of soybean oil as a replacement for petroleum-derived oils by 90 percent. Soybean oil now is in four of the most popular tire lines, offering enhanced vehicle grip while increasing use of a more sustainable material.
- Responsible Operations: The tire maker improved leading and lagging safety indicators as work continues to reduce the risk of serious injuries in all facilities.
- Advanced Mobility: Goodyear's predictive servicing solution was piloted by several fleets, allowing them to forecast and schedule tire maintenance and replacement, improve overall tire management and maximize uptime across the fleet.
- Inspiring Culture: As part of its diversity and inclusion efforts, membership in Goodyear's Employee Resources Groups grew 84 percent globally in the last two years. A seventh group, the Goodyear Asia, India, Middle East ERG, also was added.