28 May 2023
Challenges in Natural Rubber Value Chain
Natural rubber is a highly important commodity that plays a vital role in many industries, from automotive to medical equipment and billions of consumer products around the world. Smallholders in Southeast Asia, Africa and Latin America play a significant role in the production of natural rubber, with their contribution accounting for over 80% of the world's supply. However, smallholders face various challenges that affect their productivity and profitability.
27 November 2022
Yulex: Changing the game for rubber smallholders in Southeast Asia
Using PEFC-certified rubber, Yulex is proving that we can create rubber products that are renewable and truly sustainable for rubber smallholders and communities.
14 November 2022
Southland Rubber: How rubber tappers reap the benefits of PEFC certification
PEFC certification saves forests and opens up international market access for rubber smallholders and commercial enterprises alike. However, the benefits of certification extend far beyond this: certification can also improve the working and living conditions of rubber tappers too. We spoke to three full-time rubber tappers, who are employed by Southland Rubber, about how PEFC certification had helped to improve their day-to-day working and living conditions.
14 November 2022
How PEFC certification can help the rubber industry to meet the ESG goals of a shifting global economy
Will the natural rubber industry be able to keep up with the global shift towards sustainability and satisfy the appetites of investors and financial institutions looking to put their money into responsible, sustainable commodity supply chains?
10 October 2022
Sustainable forest management in natural rubber smallholder communities
We use natural rubber every day, and often we don’t notice it. When we work. When we travel. When we relax. When we celebrate. We use natural rubber. However the growing demand for natural rubber, and the intensified expansion of monoculture rubber plantations - mostly across Southeast Asia - brings with it a host of complex environmental, economic, and social challenges, particularly for rubber smallholders.