About Us

Covering almost 185 square miles, we are the largest single natural rubber operation in the world.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Firestone Liberia has been a trusted partner of the people and country of Liberia for more than 90 years. The company makes unparalleled contributions to the economic and social development of the country, leading Liberia’s private sector in employment, education, and healthcare opportunities for thousands of its citizens.

Today, Firestone Liberia LLC is a legally registered company in Liberia, a direct subsidiary of Firestone Natural Rubber Company, and an indirect subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas – part of the Bridgestone Group. As the country’s largest private employer, Firestone Liberia is making vital contributions to the health and wellbeing of Liberian society with a strong focus on economic opportunity, education, health, human rights and critical environmental protections. 

In Partnership with Liberia

In Partnership with Liberia

Firestone Liberia continues to honor its obligations and commitments under the company’s concession agreement with the Government of Liberia. The company looks forward to continuing a working relationship with the government and the people of Liberia, in a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation, recognizing the crucial role the private sector plays in the welfare of the country’s economy, and also the Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development as established by President George Manneh Weah.

Fast Facts

Support

Healthcare

Firestone Liberia provides teammates and their dependents free medical care

Employment

Sustainable Local Employment

Firestone Liberia employs more than 4,000 teammates

Growth

Education

Firestone Liberia educates 7,000 students at 24 Schools

Investment in the Liberian Economy

Since the end of the Liberian Civil Wars in 2003, Firestone Natural Rubber has invested more than USD $2 billion in Liberia’s economy.

  • $131 million paid to the Government of Liberia for taxes and fees
  • $573 million paid to Liberian rubber farmers for rubber purchased by Firestone Natural Rubber
  • $302 million paid for payroll and pensions (net after tax)
  • $324 million spent on the purchase of local goods and services

Our Team

The management of Firestone Natural Rubber is committed to ensuring that employment practices are consistent with its parent company, Bridgestone Americas Global Human Rights Policy, the Decent Work Act of 2015, the laws of Liberia, and the Collective Bargaining Agreement with our workers – often exceeding the requirements of these laws and agreements.

Firestone Liberia employs more than 4,000 workers, 99.7% of whom are Liberian. In addition to the competitive salaries workers of Firestone Liberia earn, they also receive a variety of benefits, including free housing, free medical care, and free education for their dependents.

Social Development

SCHOOLS

Liberia’s largest privately operated school system is run by Firestone Natural Rubber. We have over 250 teachers and around 7,000 students. Many of the students receive scholarships to higher education.

HEALTHCARE

  • Firestone Natural Rubber’s medical operation delivered 535 babies in 2021, providing healthcare services and support that are largely unavailable to Liberia’s people in other areas of the country.
  • The company also provided more than 1,000 free surgeries to date for children from all over Liberia through a partnership with Children’s Surgery International.
  • In 2014, Firestone Liberia was on the front lines of the ebola crisis, our efforts saving thousands of lives in the concession area and in surrounding communities.
Rebuilding After the Civil War

Rebuilding After the Civil War

While most other major concessionaires operating in Liberia at the time of the civil war’s outbreak in 1989 left the country, many to never return, the management of Firestone Natural Rubber worked to maintain a presence to the long-term benefit of its employees, their dependents, and the country as a whole.

During the conflict, most of Firestone Natural Rubber’s infrastructure and trees were destroyed. Since the end of the devastating civil war period, Firestone Natural Rubber has invested in excess of USD $200 million to rebuilding and bringing back the farm to its where it is today and continues to invest toward its full operational capacity. Despite these efforts, the farm produces less than half of its pre-war volumes due to the length of time needed to replant, grow and tap rubber trees.