Firestone Liberia Employment Practices
Firestone Natural Rubber is an equal opportunity employer, and more than 99.7 percent of our teammates are Liberian citizens. In addition to our skilled tappers who harvest rubber, jobs include those in business and management, engineers, medical professionals, educators, and technicians. Firestone Liberia is proud of its legacy of hiring, training and promoting Liberian citizens to some of the highest levels of company leadership. The management of Firestone Natural Rubber is committed to ensuring that employment practices are consistent with, and often exceed, the laws of Liberia and the country’s 2015 Decent Work Act. In addition to competitive pay, Firestone Natural Rubber teammates receive a variety of employment benefits, including free housing, free medical care, and free education for themselves and their dependents.
Firestone Natural Rubber does not hire any teammate under the age of 18, and has in place a zero-tolerance policy on child labor. Our policy of hiring only teammates who are at least 18 years of age exceeds Liberian labor law requirements by two years. The company communicates its zero-tolerance policy to all teammates through their supervisors, at teammate meetings, through signs posted throughout the operation, on the Firestone Natural Rubber radio station, in teammate seminars, and through direct communication with elected union representatives. Firestone Natural Rubber conducts workshops for operating departments to reinforce the importance of, and ensure full compliance with, the company’s zero-tolerance policy regarding child labor. Teammates found violating this policy face disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.