CSCB: Brazilian leather certifies its sustainabilityEconomy, environment, social responsibility, and sustainable management: Brazilian leather takes on an ally for the sustainable future of its tanning industry, using these four pillars as its cornerstones. This is the basis of CSCB, Brazilian Leather Sustainability Certification, which is backed by the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB), for the promotion of best business practices by the Brazilian tanning industry, in order to reply to the growing demand for sustainable products and processes by international markets.
Developed in collaboration with accredited national and international organizations of professional standing, CSCB certification satisfies the strict requirements established by the Brazilian National Institute of Metrology, Quality, and Technology – Inmetro, with its decree 314/2015, which sets down the criteria used to verify the sustainable compliance of leather production processes.
In terms of economics, and according to the certification, those tanneries adhering to best business practices will also enjoy an economic return. The impact on productive performance and products in fact allows for an assessment of all the procedures that could have a positive economic impact on the organization of each part of the company: thus, the reorganization and increased efficiency of the company results in savings in terms of resources and raw materials.
Instead, from an environmental standpoint, besides verifying compliance with sustainable legal requirements by both tanneries and their chain of relative suppliers, it also outlines the correct use of restricted substances, while monitoring and adopting measures for limiting the consumption of water and electrical energy. Last, but not least, it attempts to reduce the environmental impact of all phases in tanning, determining a correct system for the waste management of hazardous and non-hazardous substances, and for the treatment of wastewaters and toxic gas emissions.
Social responsibility is often one of the aspects that is underrated when compared to sustainability: CSCB certification does not neglect this aspect, and rather, makes social responsibility one of its cornerstones: whoever purchases certified Brazilian leathers is guaranteed that the workers responsible for their making were not subjected in any way to inhumane working conditions and that their fundamental rights were respected. This is true of both the tannery’s direct workers and outsourced workers. Moreover, the working conditions are characterized by maximum safety in a healthy environment, with a fair salary, and the possibility of joining a trade union. All this criteria must also be met by the suppliers of the certified tannery, and that’s not all: these practices guarantee both clientele and society itself a complete assumption of liability by the tannery.
Coordinating these three pillars of the certification is an efficient sustainable management system, both in terms of the company’s internal organization and the certification’s compliance with ABNT NBR ISO 9001, ABNT NBR ISO 14001 and ABNT NBR 16001 standards. By making use of a continuous monitoring system aimed at assessing compliance and accordingly improving the company’s standards of sustainability, the tannery effectively expresses all the guidelines of CSCB certification.
Thus, if for CSCB, a sustainable tannery is one that develops it business activities in a profitable way, reducing the environmental impact and ensuring humane working conditions, while interacting with third parties for the general well-being of all concerned… for buyers, CSCB certification is a guarantee that ensures all tanned leather bearing its seal has adhered to the strictest criteria for a sustainable production: a guarantee that replies to one of the requirements increasingly in demand by an increasingly competitive global market.