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Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (#32)
1 Brazilian Leather, Sustainability, NOVO HAMBURGO, Brazil
Sustainability and transparency of the leather industry are increasingly important factors for the sector’s clients as well as final consumers, looking for quality products that are also sustainable in all tiers of the production process. In this sense, certification and labelling processes are tools that grant visibility to the positive practices of manufacturers and their suppliers.
In Brazil, through an unprecedented tanneries initiative conducted by the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB), a certification for the leather production process was created. The Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB) counts on the participation of the various links in the production chain.
Using the concept of the sustainability tripod, CSCB considers the results of tanneries in economic, environmental and social aspects. A sustainable tannery develops its activities with positive economic results, seeking to reduce inherent environmental impact of its activities, providing better working conditions to employees and respecting the surrounding community. Since the starting point of its creation (2012), CSCB has reached many results concerning process’ improvements in the industry, quitting wastage and getting efficiency in indicators. As the CSCB practices are inside more than 20 tanneries all over Brazil (some of them amongst the biggest in the country, covering a big part of the Brazilian leather production, which is one the hugest in the world) these findings are extremely important and must be shared with whole industry.
The certification process is based on implementation and compliance with principles, criteria, and indicators established by standards developed by the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) and audited by certification institutes accredited by The National Metrology, Quality, and Technology Institute (Inmetro), signatory to the mutual recognition agreement within the framework of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). These agreements guarantee the international validation and recognition of CSCB.
Tanneries are certified according to how well they meet the standards, being granted an identification seal for sustainable processes, guaranteeing the transparency of Brazilian leather suppliers.
Sustainability as a tool for efficiency in the leather industry
Keywords: Sustainability, leather, industry, CSCB, Brazil