Selangor (7 July 2012) – Bridgestone Corporation is the world’s largest tyre and rubber company which operates in more than 150 countries. As an industry leader, Bridgestone plays a significant role in contributing to the sustainable development of the society through continual improvement of products and services, as well as carrying out community activities dedicated to environmental and social improvements.
In line with the Bridgestone Environmental Mission – to help ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations, Bridgestone Tyre Sales (M) Sdn Bhd has engaged in a series of green initiatives to promote environmental conservation. One such effort is the ‘One Tyre, One Good Deed’ campaign in collaboration with Global Environment Centre (GEC), a non-profit organization committed to environmental preservation.
With every purchase of Turanza, Ecopia and B-Series tyres, an allocation of RM1 will be donated towards Bridgestone's tree planting campaign in support of the rehabilitation of 20 hectares of degraded peat swamp forest in Raja Musa Forest Reserve, Selangor.
On 7 July 2012, the management and staff of Bridgestone Malaysia, including the Managing Director, Mr. Yoichi Kono, together with their family members participated in a tree planting initiative at Raja Musa Forest Reserve. A total of 120 seedlings were planted at designated sites. Besides monetary contribution, all the Bridgestone Malaysia volunteers offered invaluable time and manpower to ensure the success of the company’s CSR forest regeneration initiative. On the whole, it was an exhausting but fulfilling experience for everyone.
The nationwide One Tyre, One Good Deed campaign which started since October 2010 has contributed RM397,363 to facilitate GEC’s forest rehabilitation efforts at Raja Musa Forest Reserve. These include improving water management, fire prevention, replanting of seedlings, capacity building, raising public awareness and reforestation exercises to restore biodiversity of the forest. To-date, six hectares of forest reserve sites have been replanted with a total of 2,400 seedlings.
By the end of the 3-year rehabilitation project, 20ha of the forest is expected to have recovered with at least
500 trees per ha growing. This will be one of Bridgestone’s long term eco-drive campaigns in pursuit of a sustainable environment for the present and future generations.
Group photo of Bridgestone Malaysia staff with their family members at Raja Musa Forest Reserve.
Seedlings being transferred to designated site for replanting.
Bridgestone staff braved the midday heat to lend mother nature a helping hand.
One of the volunteers digging a hole for replanting at the site
Bridgestone Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, is the world's largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. While tyre contributes significantly to Bridgestone Group’s sales worldwide, Bridgestone also manufactures industrial rubber and chemical products, sporting goods, and other diversified products.
Bridgestone Tyre Sales (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. is an affiliate of Bridgestone Corporation. The company was set up in April
2000 with the aim of providing exceptional customer service and to introduce quality products for the benefit of Malaysian consumers. The company offers a wide range of tyres, tubes and flaps for passenger cars, 4X4s, light trucks, trucks & buses as well as industrial & agricultural vehicles and machinery.
Global Environment Centre was established in 1998 to work on environmental issues of global importance. The centre is registered in Malaysia as a non-profit organization. GEC works regionally and internationally both directly and through many partners. GEC supports information exchange and capacity building as well as undertakes strategic projects particularly in developing countries. GEC's mission is to support the protection of the environment and sustainable use of natural resources to meet local, regional and global needs through strategic partnerships with like-minded organizations/agencies/body and communities.