Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i)

About Us

The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) is an inter-governmental organisation composed of rubber producing and consuming stakeholders.

The Sustainable Natural Rubber Initiative (SNR-i)  has been developed under the framework of the IRSG as a voluntary and collaborative industry project to ensure that the rubber industry can build on its best practices plus demonstrate and communicate throughout the natural rubber value chain.

The initiative was recommended on a high priority basis by the Industry Advisory Panel and the Sustainable Natural Rubber Working Group (SNRWG) was established with a view to defining voluntary sustainability standards regarding the broader natural rubber sector. The working group members representing the complete NR value chain (including representatives from international organisations) developed an Action Plan to explain the factors driving this initiative and brought forward proposals for its design and implementation. The Action Plan defined a set of five value chain criteria for a voluntary verification system targeted on a wide stakeholder participation.From these criteria, indicators has been developed for implementation of SNR-i that may allow organisations to participate in this voluntary initiative on a self-certification basis.