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Long-term environmental vision (2050 and beyond):In balance with nature (Contribution > Footprint) In harmony with nature

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In order to exist “in harmony with nature,” the Bridgestone Group has continued to make comprehensive efforts to develop and utilize technologies that “value natural resources” while addressing the urgent matter of global warming through efforts to “reduce CO2 emissions” based on the Environmental Mission Statement over many years. Becoming nature positive*, the Group believes that a comprehensive approach and transformation that combines actions in various areas, such as efficient use of resources, sustainable production, and climate change countermeasures, as well as nature conservation are necessary. The Group will continue to evolve its Sustainability Business Model by incorporating the science-based targets (SBTs) for Nature framework of “Avoid,” “Reduce,” “Restore and Regenerate” and “Transform.”

The Group will strive to minimize the footprint of its business activities by reducing water withdrawal in water stress areas and emissions to the air and water, while enhancing its contribution through conservation and restoration of ecosystems based on the long-term environmental vision of being “in balance with nature (Contribution > Footprint)” for 2050 and beyond, thereby contributing to realization of the vision of “living in harmony with nature” of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

* “Nature positive” means halting and reversing the loss of biodiversity and natural capital in order to put nature on the path to recovery. The intent behind this is to reduce the impact of business activities on biodiversity and natural capital, maintain and restore nature’s bounty, and transform socio-economic activities for sustainable use of natural capital.

Actions to achieve In Harmony with Nature

The Group identifies and engages in activities related to its impact on and contribution to preservation/conservation of the environment throughout its product lifecycles and value chain.

  1. Minimizing footprint
    ・Reduce CO2 emissions from operations
    ・Reduce water withdrawal impact in water stress areas
    ・Reduce waste generated and amounts sent to landfills
    ・Request suppliers to consider biodiversity
    ・Strengthen environmental management to pollution prevention
  2. Enhancing contribution
    ・Develop and expand solution business to contribute to CO2 reduction
    ・Preserve and restore ecosystems around Bridgestone Group facilities
    ・Conduct water conservation activities within communities
    ・Contribute to enhancement of circular economy
    ・Introduce biodiversity educational program

Milestone 2030: Improve environmental impact

As part of Milestone 2030, the Group is promoting contribution to a nature positive world by improving its environmental impact. The Group intends to be even more ambitious in its activities in response to the continued importance of social and environmental issues, and the potential impact on the environment caused by business growth.

Key actions

・Create and implement water stewardship plans based on Water Stewardship Policy (policies related to the responsible use of water)
・Continuous improvement*1 of water withdrawal intensity
・Continuous improvement*1 of environmental footprint (reduce hazardous/nonhazardous waste, waste to landfill, VOC from solvent use, SOx/NOx)
・Improve supply chain environmental footprint through the Sustainable Procurement Policy
・Enhance activities that contribute to improved biodiversity

Focused target

・Execute water stewardship plan at manufacturing facilities in water stress areas*2 by 2030

To achieve the focused target, the Group will create the water stewardship plans at 100% of manufacturing facilities in water stress areas much earlier than 2030 and monitor the ratio of facilities that created the plans and the progress. As of December 2022, 17 manufacturing facilities are located in water stress areas and 12 facilities (71%) had created their water stewardship plans. For details of the water stewardship plan, see “Minimizing footprint.”

In addition, the Group has a permanent goal of and is committed to no deforestation*3 in sourcing and production activities, which is incorporated into the Global Sustainable Procurement Policy, and worked on achieving the goal in cooperation with its suppliers, business partners and other stakeholders. To strengthen the activities, the Group established its target: by the end of 2023 as 30% of the Group’s natural rubber supply chain will be traceable to the smallholder level, and conducted on-site ESG audits and monitored its progress of 21 natural rubber processing facilities and nine natural rubber plantations in 2022. For details of the plan and progress, see “Procurement.”

  1. Continuous improvement is ongoing efforts to improve environmental performance year by year (such as 1% improvement) thorough Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle.
  2. Manufacturing facilities in water stress area: manufacturing facilities that have water-related risks due to the locations with the risk of deterioration of fresh water resources in terms of quantity and quality.
  3. Deforestation is the clearing of natural primary forests or areas of High Conservation Values (HCVs) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) to expand operations.

Relationship between the Bridgestone Group’s business activities and biodiversity

Business operations and biodiversity

The Group considers its dependence on and impact on biodiversity when conducting its business activities. The Group conducts a materiality analysis of the Group's dependence, impact and contribution to biodiversity identified in the relationship map below to identify priority issues. Moving forward, the Group plans to expand its activities by taking key actions on these issues, while continually reviewing our priority issues to meet the changes in social needs.

* Prepared in-house referring to ENCORE by the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and others as well as the Business & Biodiversity Interrelationship Map® released by the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB).

Evaluation of dependence and impact using ENCORE

The Group evaluates its dependence and impact on biodiversity using the Exploring Natural Capital Opportunities, Risk and Exposure (ENCORE) tool developed by the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and others. Using the evaluation by the industry group, the Group evaluates the general dependence and impact of its tire business within the value chain.

In the latest ENCORE evaluation conducted in 2023, the Group concluded that the significance of services that maintain and regulate the climate, healthy soil, and pollination within ecosystems during the raw material procurement stage and services that control soil erosion, disease, and flooding is very high in terms of dependency. In addition, it concluded that the significance of dependence on water provisioning services was high in the tire and raw material manufacturing stages.

As for impact, the Group concluded that the significance of land use in the raw material procurement stage was very high. It also concluded that the significance of the impact from use of water resources and waste discharge was high in the tire manufacturing stage. In addition, in the value chain as a whole, it concluded that the significance of the impact from greenhouse gas emissions, use of water resources, emissions into the air, water, and soil, and waste discharge was high.

Assessment of areas of biodiversity importance

The Group assesses the proximity of our manufacturing facilities to areas of biodiversity importance using the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) tool developed by UNEP-WCMC, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and others. Using this assessment, the Group works to identify priority issues related to our footprints and contributions to biodiversity around our manufacturing facilities.

The Group encourages all manufacturing facilities across the globe to promote its biodiversity contribution activities, including the conservation of areas of biodiversity importance, and works to expand our contributions.

Promoting initiatives based on TNFD recommendations

In addition to its past participation in the Business for Nature and the Japan Business Initiative for Biodiversity (JBIB), the Group began participating in the Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) Forum in March 2022. Amid the accelerating movement towards achieving a nature-positive world, as adopted by the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, the Group is comprehensively evaluating and managing its dependence and impact on climate and natural capital, as well as risks and opportunities arising from climate change and natural capital loss in order to incorporate them into business strategies.

Based on recognition of these risks and opportunities, the Group is working to reduce the risks of transitioning to a decarbonized society that exists in harmony with nature. This includes promoting contribution to carbon neutrality and a circular economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the value chain along with the impact of various environmental footprints on natural capital by developing a medium- to long-term strategy and Sustainability Business Model to become nature positive. At the same time, the Group is working to reduce physical risks by such measures as diversifying natural rubber supply sources through efforts to commercialize guayule, a rubber-producing plant that grows in arid regions.

For details on the Group’s initiatives based on TNFD recommendations, see the TCFD and TNFD Index.
For details on the Group’s Sustainability Business Model, see Sustainability Business Model.

Initiatives related to biodiversity

The Bridgestone approach toward biological diversity

We, the Group, respect the principles of the Convention on Biological Diversity. We promote biodiversity to help ensure not only sustainability but also a healthy, vibrant future. The Group is committed to enhancing biodiversity by leveraging its global presence. We are actively linking our world-wide network of people with their unique wildlife habitats, and providing education and research needed to achieve healthy biodiversity at the gene, species and habitat levels. We at Bridgestone are humbled by the lessons we can learn together with others in our communities by connecting with nature.

Key Activities

・We will contribute to biodiversity conservation through active habitat preservation and enhancement at our operating locations and beyond our property lines.
・We will contribute to biodiversity conservation through environmental education and research.

The Bridgestone “In Harmony with Nature – Promoting Biodiversity Program”

The Group launched “The Bridgestone In Harmony with Nature – Promoting Biodiversity Program” in early 2019.

Through the program, the Group encourages all manufacturing facilities across the globe to promote activities to conserve biodiversity. The Group annually assesses the level of biodiversity contribution at each site using nine key activity indicators, including the number of environmental education programs offered for children, partnerships with local schools and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the acreage of off-campus areas managed as natural habitats, and other factors. The Group also highlights each site’s efforts by recognition based on the results of these evaluations and promotes its biodiversity contribution activities by sharing case studies of activities underway worldwide with the entire organization. By contributing to the conservation and restoration of flora, fauna and their habitats, and by collaborating with various stakeholders, the Group is committed to preserving the environment for future generations, as stated in the “Ecology” value of the Bridgestone E8 Commitment.

In 2023, 105 manufacturing facilities participated in this program and 54 sites are recognized as Gold Class.

As an annual result, the Group held over 950 Environmental conservation/education events such as Eco-Art Contest, tree planting campaign and waste tire collection. The participants of those events exceeded 53,000.

Sixty-nine manufacturing facilities have partnerships with local schools, universities, NGO/NPOs, national wildlife groups, and governments and have promoted biodiversity conservation. For example, Aiken PSR in the U.S. has partnered with University of South Carolina, Aiken Campus to provide educational classroom instruction to Aiken County students.

Sixty-eight manufacturing facilities manage on-site microhabitats or waystations such as bird box, pathway for small animals crossing roads and aquatic plants on the waterside. Furthermore, eighty-two manufacturing facilities protect and manage habitat onsite and/or offsite, with a total of over 2,072 hectares of habitat* managed.

* Total area inside and outside the sites, including those managed in cooperation with external organizations

Size of habitat management area based on “In Harmony with Nature – Promoting Biodiversity Program”

*Total area inside and outside the sites, including those managed in cooperation with external organizations

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