Certifications & Awards

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a federation of technical standards to be used worldwide. ISO 14001 is an international standard for Environmental Management Systems (EMS) and Environmental Policy and Objective Formation. These standards look at significant environmental aspects that organizations can control and which they can expect to implement.

ISO 14001 certification provides a framework for EMS implementation at Bridgestone Americas manufacturing facilities, and maintaining ISO 14001 certification remains a key management objective. This standard helps ensure that all teammates recognize their environmental management responsibilities, not just those with “Environmental” in their title. Bridgestone Americas requires all manufacturing facilities to obtain ISO 14001 certification within 2 years of our ownership. Currently, 52 BSA manufacturing facilities are certified.

Bridgestone operates the first and only two tire manufacturing facilities in the world that have achieved LEED certification.

In addition to these Environmental Management Systems, two of our manufacturing facilities have received certification from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. To become LEED certified, a building must obtain a certain number of points based on a variety of environmental construction and operation criteria. The Warren County, Tennessee, and Aiken, South Carolina, tire manufacturing plants are both LEED (Silver) certified – the first two tire manufacturing plants in the world to accomplish this achievement. Our Firestone retail store in Smyrna, Tennessee, achieved LEED (Gold) certification in 2009. Going forward, we are incorporating best building practices learned from our Smyrna store into all new stores.

Our environmental programs are often noticed and honored through awards. A few of the notable awards we have received in the past few years include:

These awards represent recognition from programs of the federal govenrment, state governments, non-governmental organizations, the auto industry, and community groups. For this we are truly thankful and pledge to continue our leadership efforts in protecting our shared natural world.