Good interaction with stakeholders

Good interaction with stakeholders

Today, with sustainability still developing in civil society and social media enabling immediate feedback, stakeholder engagement is more important than ever. Stakeholder engagement is part of our business, and it is guided by our internal instructions on stakeholder engagement as well as our Code of Conduct.

Our stakeholder engagement follows the principle of openness and the special requirements for public companies. We aim to address the expectations of all stakeholders, in particular concerning sustainability. We do understand, however, that different stakeholder groups may have conflicting requests, especially for corporate social responsibility.

Nokian Tyres’ stakeholders across our activities and business relationships are:

  • employees and other workers
  • consumers and other end-users
  • B2B customers (business partners)
  • suppliers and subcontractors
  • governments
  • shareholders
  • local communities, especially in our factory locations in Finland, Russia, and the US
  • media
  • non-governmental organizations
  • vulnerable groups

The most vulnerable group in the tire value chain concerning human rights is the natural rubber farmers and workers. Natural rubber is the livelihood of hundreds of thousands of families living in countries where the local legislation and working conditions have not been fully developed. In 2021, Nokian Tyres published its Sustainable Natural Rubber Policy to tackle issues associated with natural rubber supply chain. The company has also conducted sustainability audits in natural rubber processing plants since 2016.

Nokian Tyres conducts a material analysis every three years. In 2021, we conducted a sustainability survey, where our most important internal and external stakeholder groups defined their individual material topics and risks and opportunities in Nokian Tyres’ sustainability. The survey was conducted as an online questionnaire, comprising 26 questions on the economic, social and governance aspects of sustainability, based on global benchmarks and topics relevant to the tire industry. In addition, representatives of the most significant stakeholder groups were interviewed individually.  

The table below shows the survey results with the topics prioritized by stakeholder group:

Stakeholder group

Stakeholder expectations in the order of importance

Company measures

 

Clients (B2B customers)

  • Customer satisfaction
  • Traffic safety and quality of tires
  • Circular economy
  • Sustainability in materials used
  • Energy efficiency of production
  • We constantly develop new, safe, state-of-the-art products
  • We provide personal service and communicate openly
  • We conduct business in a reliable and sustainable way
  • We have an Energy efficiency working group to implement and monitor the progress

Employees

  • Sustainability in materials used
  • Renewable energy
  • Traffic safety and the quality of tires
  • Human rights in the supply chain
  • Occupational safety, health and well-being
  • We promote the well-being of our personnel by providing a safe working environment that motivates them
  • We reduce our CO2 emissions according to our ambitious Science Based Targets
  • We conduct sustainability audits to natural rubber processing plants since 2016

Suppliers and subcontractors

  • Sustainability in materials used
  • Sustainable use of natural resources in the supply chain
  • Traffic safety and the quality of tires
  • Circular economy
  • Renewable energy
  • We created a concept tire made 93% of renewable or recycled materials. Some of the innovations are already used in our tires.
  • In 2021, 100% of the production waste was recycled in Finalnd and Russia, and 96% in the US.
  • We use solar power in our Spain test center, the US factory and warehouse, and a Finnish warehouse.

Other (media, shareholders, NGO's, authorities, industry associations, inhabitants in the vicinity of a factory location) 

  • Sustainability in materials used
  • Tire rolling resistance
  • Biodiversity
  • Circular economy
  • Occupational safety, health and well-being
  • We reduced the rolling resistance in our tires by 8.5% on average between 2013-2020.
  • Our new target is to have 60 tires in the best rolling resistance A class by 2025 (14 in 2021).

 

OUR MEMBERSHIPS

We follow the law in letter and spirit in every country of operation. Our Code of Conduct provides every employee with instructions on what to do in case they see something in our operation that may conflict with the applicable legislation.

As a public company, Nokian Tyres is bound by the statutory requirements and the rules of the stock exchange on the publicity of information, which is relevant to the company’s business. In order to meet our stakeholders’ expectations, we follow the requirements of the Global Reporting Initiative framework.

We are a member of various industrial and employer organizations. Our participation depends on the current topics and our opportunities to offer our expertise. We are also a member of various communities and organizations that participate in the development of the legislation and political decision-making. Nokian Tyres is not involved in political activities, fundraising, or political contributions as per our Code of Conduct.

For us, the most important organizations are:

  • Chemical Industry Federation of Finland 
  • Rubber Manufacturers’ Association of Finland 
  • ETRMA/European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association
  • ETRTO/European Tyre and Rim Technical Organization 
  • National automotive and tire industry associations in various countries: 
    • RUTMA, Russian Tyre Manufacturers Association 
    • USTMA, The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association
    • TRAC, Tire and Rubber Association of Canada
    • CRIA, China Rubber Industry Association
    • STRO/Scandinavian Tire and Rim Organization 
  • Finnish-Russian Chamber of Commerce 
  • International Chamber of Commerce 
  • AEB (Association of European Businesses) 
  • AmCham (American Chamber of Commerce) 
  • Tampere Business Campus 
  • Corporate Responsibility Network FIBS

We also support following initiatives:

  • Global Compact: Nokian Tyres has signed the United Nations' Global Compact initiative and registered as a supporting member as of December 2015.
  • Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR): The tire industry together with other stakeholders formed an independent platform to lead improvements in the socio-economic and environmental performance of the natural rubber value chain. Nokian Tyres joined the platform in 2019 as a founding member.

We have promoted the demand for an ice grip marking

Nokian Tyres is involved in furthering the tire industry by participating in the work of relevant organizations and discussions in the industry. For example, we have promoted the demand for an ice grip marking in public discussion. In northern conditions, ice grip is the most important property for winter tires.

Currently, consumers in the market for new winter tires do not have any means of comparing tires in terms of ice grip, as the current markings only include a wet grip rating. Nokian Tyres has called for a mandatory ice grip marking for winter tires. The growth of online tire sales, used car imports, increase in low-cost products and emergence of new tire categories (all-season and all-weather tires) make it more difficult for consumers to know what kind of ice grip their winter tires provide.

As a result of years of work, the inclusion of the ice grip marking into the EU Tyre Label was finalized in the European Union. The renewal of the EU tire label is especially useful for winter tire consumers, as the tire label will now include information concerning grip on snow and ice. So far, markings related to properties required in demanding winter weather had been absent. The purpose of the tire label is to guide consumers toward tires that are more fuel-efficient, safer, and quieter. 

Ice grip test is currently undergoing standardization at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and snow grip is referring to the United Nations ECE regulations. The new label entered into force in May 2021.

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