Hankook participated in the Tyre Industry Project (TIP) CEO meeting to look through and take part in settings agendas for sustainability issues.
Hankook Emphasises It’s Sustainability Initiatives
The TIP is a global CEO-led initiative to research potential human health and environmental impacts of tyres throughout their lifecycle. The project operates under the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBSCD), a Swiss-based non-governmental organisation, to respond to sustainability challenges.
Hankook joined the project in 2005 as a founding member. In 2021 ten TIP member CEOs gathered online, taking into consideration the Covid-19 situation, to review progress and confirm the ongoing mandate. Together these ten companies represent over 60 per cent of the world’s tyre manufacturing capacity. In their review of the work programs of 2020-2021, CEOs praised delivering the work plan despite the pandemic.
In particular, TIP member companies successfully published a sustainability roadmap for the tyre sector “Sustainability Driven: Accelerating Impact with the Tire Sector SDG Roadmap”. It identifies how the tyre value chain interacts with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as key actions to scale and accelerate contribution to the SDGs. CEOs emphasised that the roadmap makes important contributions to sustainable mobility.
CEOs also acknowledged the progress in tyre and road wear particle (TRWP) research and communication. They especially noted the creation of a website for sharing all TIP TRWP research that aims for an accessible multimedia introduction to the topic. The significance of recently published TIP-sponsored research, a series of successful end-of-life tyre (ELT) management-stakeholder workshops, and the landmark publication of the TIP Toolkit for ELT management were also highly recognised.
Following progress review, the CEOs went on to set and affirm the 2022-2023 agendas. They confirmed improving the scientific understanding of TRWP remains a TIP priority. The work plan will see further development of scientific methods and standards for TRWP research. With the aim to continue publishing state-of-knowledge reports on ELTs and further engage stakeholders to foster global-level improvement in sustainable ELT management, the CEOs approved plans for improved ELT-data collection and the establishment of a digital platform to share ELT data and support the exchange of good practices between ELT stakeholders.
Hankook has continuously made aggressive efforts to improve sustainability, and these efforts have been consistently recognised by renowned international organisations. Starting with its first inclusion on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) World in 2011, Hankook Tire has been listed in the DJSI World for five consecutive years from 2016 to 2020. Hankook Tire has also received the highest rating from EcoVadis, one of the highest recognitions for achievements in the field of Corporate Social Responsibility, for three consecutive years. Last year, the company obtained leadership ratings from CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project) in recognition of its performance in climate change response and water security.