Natural rubber.

Areas of application automotive industry.

  • Main areas of application: Tires
  • Other areas of application: Engine and transmission mounts, control arms, axle systems, connecting elements, vertical dynamics

The BMW Group systematically analyzes globally known and typical risks in connection with the extraction and processing of raw materials and derives appropriate measures.

Analyzing risks.

  • Environmental impact on water and soil due to land use, deforestation and the associated loss of biodiversity
  • Violation of human rights, potentially through forced or child labor
  • Violation of workers' rights, e.g. inadequate pay for micro-farmers and employees on industrial plantations
  • Endangerment of the rights of local communities and indigenous peoples

Catalog of measures.

  • Transparency in the supply chain through analysis and queries to direct suppliers of natural rubber
  • Pilot FSC certification for natural rubber, first introduction of an FSC-certified tire in September 2021
  • Publication of the High-Level Commitment for sustainable natural rubber as a policy statement for activities on this topic
  • More impact on the ground through the empowerment project Deforestation-free natural rubber supply chains in the Hutan Harapan nature conservation concession in Indonesia, which the non-governmental organization Birdlife International is implementing with partner company Pirelli with the following objectives: Preserving the natural ecosystem, combating deforestation, protecting endangered species, improving the rights and quality of life of the local indigenous community, and traceability and use of sustainably grown natural rubber


  • Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR): Founding member of GPSNR
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