Stakeholders in the global natural rubber supply network have “aligned on a governance structure” for the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR), the tyre industry-led initiative.
The GPSNR was formed as an independent platform to drive improvements in the socio-economic and environmental performance of the natural rubber value chain.
Over recent months, environmental non-governmental organizations have argued that the level of control held by tyre manufacturers in the GPSNR would undermine its effectiveness. Agreement has now been reached on “a multi-stakeholder governance structure that includes a greater share of voting weight for ‘civil society’ members,” the organization said.
This follows a workshop by founder members and other stakeholders in Singapore on January 22-23, 2019 and another in Geneva last November.
In Singapore, the more than 50 GPSNR stakeholders also agreed that smallholder representatives should be part of the decision-making structure.
They further highlighted the importance of involving rubber processors, NGOs specialized in social aspects relevant to rubber production, and non-tyre rubber product makers.
The proposed governance structure will be put forward for adoption at the platform’s inaugural general assembly, scheduled for March 21, in Singapore alongside the World Rubber Summit.