GLOBAL PLATFORM FOR SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RUBBER
For a fair, equitable and environmentally sound natural rubber value chain.
Ensuring relevant representation of Smallholders within the GPSNR Governance is a priority.
GPSNR will work to harmonize standards to improve respect for human rights, prevent land-grabbing, deforestation and more.
Development of the GPSNR was initiated by the CEOs of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Tire Industry Project (TIP) in November 2017. Members of the platform include tire manufacturers, rubber suppliers and processors, vehicle makers and NGOs. Representatives from each of these stakeholder groups have contributed to the development of the Singapore-based platform and the wide-reaching set of priorities that will define GPSNR strategy and objectives.
Vision: A fair, equitable and environmentally sound natural rubber value chain.
Mission: To lead improvements in the socioeconomic and environmental performance of the natural rubber value chain.
Strong, sustainable supply chains can only be achieved if the most fragile player, smallholders, are empowered. The definition of ‘smallholders’ together with engagement guideline is being finalized with the aim to have a new ordinary membership category that would allow smallholders to express their views, ideas and concerns to the other international players within GPSNR.
On December 1st, GPSNR will transfer its hosting from BCSD Singapore Ltd to the newly formed World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Asia Pacific Ltd. The purpose of this migration would enable GPSNR to better leverage synergies and explore means of collaboration within the wider network of WBCSD.
Strategy & Objectives Working Group continues to work on the desired state document and Theory of Change. Strategy 1, 2, and 3 Working Groups kicked off the first calls with the background information on how their works are contributing to the design of GPSNR Assurance Model, which will be recommended by consultant Liza Murphy.
Two workshops have been successfully held. More than 20 rubber smallholders from all over Indonesia - Kalimantan, South Sumatra, West Sumatra and Jambi gathered during the workshop in October 7th - 9th. The workshop in Thailand just finished with a fruitful discussion on collaboration opportunities between rubber smallholders and GPSNR.