Bridgestone Wins Empowerment of Women Award and Excellence in Provision of Literacy & Education Award at the 16th Global CSR & ESG Summit & Awards 2024

• Bridgestone clinched Two Awards at the 16th Annual Global CSR & ESG Summit & Awards 2024™ for the seven consecutive years.

• More than 250 nominations were competing in 20 award categories, including the Empowerment of Women Award and Excellence in Provision of Literacy & Education Award.

Singapore (April 30, 2024) — Bridgestone Asia Pacific, India, China (BSAPIC), a group company of Bridgestone Corporation, a global leader in sustainable mobility solutions, has picked up two awards at the prestigious 16th Annual Global CSR & ESG Summit & Awards 2024™ for demonstrating positive impact through transformational CSR strategies. BSAPIC has won the Global CSR & ESG Awards for seven consecutive years.

On the Left: Ms. Yann Yann Teo, Manager, CSR, BSAPIC receiving the awards at the 16th Annual Global CSR & ESG Awards (2024)

This year, the awards won included a Platinum for Empowerment of Women Award and a Gold for Excellence in Provision of Literacy & Education Award, featuring Bridgestone’s Driver Training Programme in India, which creates opportunities for women, Bridgestone’s “Green IT Classroom” programme in China, Bridgestone’s resource centre to support children’s education in India, as well as vocational training and apprenticeship programs in Indonesia and Australia respectively.

The recognition marks a significant milestone in the Bridgestone E8 Commitment*1 of becoming a sustainable solutions company for both customers and communities. Bridgestone advocates for equal opportunity in both our workplace and broader society. BSAPIC will continue to develop education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities–in alignment with Bridgestone E8 Commitment and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“We are pleased to have won the Empowerment of Women Award, and the Provision of Excellence in Literacy and Education Award at the Global CSR & ESG Summit & Awards 2024™. These mark the 15th and 16th awards BSAPIC has clinched at this prestigious event for seven consecutive years since 2018. In addition to sustainable solutions for our customers, it is our privilege to be able to demonstrate a positive impact on global communities, especially in employment opportunities, education and literacy that shape futures. Through the Bridgestone E8 Commitment, we will continue to seek out more such empowering opportunities to add social value and improve lives,” said Paul Choo, Chief Human Resources Officer, BSAPIC.

The 16th Annual Global CSR & ESG Summit & Awards 2024™ is recognised as one of Asia’s most prestigious recognition awards programme for Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance. The programme spotlights and honours companies for their commitment to incorporating ethical values, compliance with legal requirements, and respect for individuals, communities and the environment in the way they do business. This year, more than 250 submissions vied for the top awards in 20 categories.

Some of BSAPIC’s key accomplishments in these areas include:

Bridgestone India’s Technical Driver Training
Smashing a stereotype by giving women in Indore, Dhar, Pune the chance to take up driving as a profession. During 2023, 206 women completed the training course allowing them to improve earnings and meet demand for women drivers especially among female commuters, families and the elderly.

Rural Entrepreneurship
Close to Bridgestone’s Chakan, Pune plant, more than 50 women have been trained in business self-reliance in endeavours such as producing children’s clothes, festive season items and accessories – and Bridgestone helped in establishing corporate supplier contracts. The programme sees Bridgestone collaborating with Pune’s Organisation for Sustainable & Development Foundation.

Green IT Classrooms
In China, a “Green IT Classroom” programme, which has so far recycled and delivered 135 computers and peripherals to three rural primary schools reaching more than 1,000 pupils who otherwise would have no online learning opportunities.

*1 The Bridgestone Group established its corporate commitment, the "Bridgestone E8 Commitment," to help it realize its vision: "Toward 2050, Bridgestone continues to provide social value and customer value as a sustainable solutions company." This commitment will serve as the Group's axis to drive management while earning the trust of future generations. The "Bridgestone E8 Commitment" consists of eight Bridgestone-like values starting with the letter "E" (Energy, Ecology, Efficiency, Extension, Economy, Emotion, Ease, and Empowerment) that the Group will commit to creating through Bridgestone-like purposes and processes, together with employees, society, partners, and customers to help realize a sustainable society.

About Bridgestone Corporation:
Bridgestone is a global leader in tires and rubber building on its expertise to provide solutions for safe and sustainable mobility. Headquartered in Tokyo, the company employs approximately 130,000 people globally and conducts business in more than 150 countries and territories worldwide. Bridgestone offers a diverse product portfolio of premium tires and advanced solutions backed by innovative technologies, improving the way people around the world move, live, work and play.