Firestone Liberia Awards Communities for Beautification

Louise Caesar, Firestone Liberia’s Community Affairs Manager, presenting awards to community leader John P. Mulbah of Divison 11, Nursery One community. 

— At Second Quarter Community Recognition Awards

Firestone Liberia has presented three “Community Recognition Awards” to the top communities within the concession for their outstanding dedication to their community and the environment. 

The communities are, Division eleven, Nursery 1, (1st prize); division 35, Centreline community, (2nd prize); and division 24, Vilizue community (3rd prize). The communities were given the awards during the second quarter “Hamper Awards” held in July.

"Congratulations to our top three communities, not only for your commitment and the pride you take in where you live but also for inspiring the rest of Firestone Liberia to do the same,” said Louise Caesar, Community Affairs Manager, Firestone Liberia. 

According to a release from the company, the example set by these three communities will act as a standard for all 170 divisions within Firestone Liberia.  

The “Community Recognition Awards” are given to outstanding communities that undertake self-help initiatives, engage in a proper garbage disposal, keep their environment clean, and to communities that ensure the rule of law and peaceful coexistence.

Firestone Liberia’s Community Affairs team receives a rousing welcome from residents of Division 24, Vilizue Community, the third-place winner.

The prizes awarded during the second quarter awards were plastic chairs, wheelbarrows, assorted clothing, and food items, toys, soccer balls and jerseys, ball pumps and household cooking utilities.

The presentation of the “Community Recognition Awards” at Firestone Liberia is resuming after a long halt of the awards due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Going forward, the awards will be presented quarterly to deserving Firestone communities. 

“This award is a result of the collective effort of every occupant of this community,” said Roland F. Yowah, resident of the second-place winning community. “Thank you to Firestone Liberia for recognizing our community’s environmental efforts and for the prizes. This award will not be our last.”

The communal efforts shown by the winners are examples of the value ‘Ecology,’ one of the eight values outlined in the Bridgestone E8 Commitment which are: Energy, Ecology, Efficiency, Extension, Emotion, Ease, and Empowerment. The value of ‘Ecology’ serves as an environmental pillar that promotes sustainable practices and preserves the environment for future generations.

About Firestone Natural Rubber Company, LLC:

Firestone Natural Rubber Company, LLC traces its origins back to 1926 when The Firestone Tire & Rubber Company first established a natural rubber production facility in Liberia, West Africa. The company operates a 118,000-acre rubber growing and processing facility, employing approximately 6,000 teammates who harvest and process natural rubber. After processing, the natural rubber is shipped to Bridgestone Americas' tire plants in North America for the manufacture of tires.  Firestone Natural Rubber Company, LLC is a subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

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