The inaugural General Assembly of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR), an independent platform that will lead improvements in the socio-economic and environmental performance of the natural rubber value chain, was held in Singapore on March 21, 2019.
The General Assembly approved the organizational Statutes and Code of Conduct, and the formation of an Executive Committee that has the mandate of overseeing the strategic and operational activities of the GPSNR.
The Executive Committee comprises representatives from each of the four GPSNR membership categories – 1. Rubber producers, processors and traders; 2. Car makers, Other downstream users of natural rubber, and financial institutions; 3. Tyre makers and other natural rubber makers/buyers; and, 4. Civil society organizations.
The platform is working to finalize its operational strategy, guided by the stakeholder-agreed GPSNR priorities of harmonizing standards to improve respect for human rights, preventing land-grabbing and
deforestation, protecting biodiversity and water resources, improving yields, and increasing supply chain transparency and traceability.
Reacting to the formation of the Executive Committee, GPSNR Director Stefano Savi, said: “The appointment of the Executive Committee is a critical piece to a landmark achievement. It has taken considerable effort from all stakeholders to bring us to this point. We know that the real hard work lies ahead, but today from Singapore we send a clear message – the GPSNR is open for business.”