A long-term vision focused on efficiency, quality, and guarantees for customers and society as a whole guided the creation of the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB). In 2013, at the start of its construction, it was known that it would create a new milestone in Brazil’s leather industry. Today, with two tanneries already certified and another 20 in the process of certification, covering some of the largest industries in the country, the CSCB has the recognition of customers, the international community, and Brazilian business executives. This is a conquest of the entire sector, with tanneries applying best practices from the tripod of sustainability in which the results of a company are considered in economic, environmental, and social terms.
Next we’ll tell a little more about this successful trajectory and entrepreneurship, which has the support of Brazilian Leather – an initiative by the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) for incentivizing Brazilian leather’s participation in international markets.
The fundamental stone
Construction of the CSCB began in mid-2013. A Study Committee within the Brazilian Association of Technical Standards (ABNT) was set up to discuss the indicators that would guide the certification, with the participation of representatives from varied segments of society ranging from tanning professionals, tannery sector clients (manufacturers of footwear, furniture and clothing), suppliers (the chemical industry), universities, associations, and government agencies.
Publication of the technical norms that gave base to the CSCB, qualification of certifying organisms, and progressive adhesions of Brazilian tanneries to the program all gave prominence to the years that followed. Improvement in processes, investment in social initiatives, and technology have all guided the industries’ path since the creation of certification, recognized by the strength of 173 indicators in different areas of leather production.
The first to be certified
In 2018, the CSCB granted its recognition to two tanneries: Fuga Couros (Silver) and Courovale by BCM (Gold).
At the 2018 APLF fair in Hong Kong, Brazil and Italy joined their expertise in sustainable production and transparency with the signing of the Partnership Agreement (PA) Leather Sector – Sustainability Certification Program. The document was signed by the ICEC (the Italian Institute of Quality Certification for the Leather Sector) and the CSCB, granting mutual recognition of the certifications.
What the tanneries say
JBS strengthens its partnership with the CSCB and recognizes that it’s an important step towards a national identity of sustainability. Initially, the Marabá unit will be the first from JBS Couros to be certified. JBS’s commitment is to have all its operations certified
One of the differentials of the CSCB is the method by which it was built, made by the industry for the industry
Couros Bom Retiro – CBR Group
The processes and indicators of the CSCB can highlight the positive practices of the tannery and, thus, facilitate its relationship with customers, employees, the community, and official bodies
With the CSCB, we integrate our work with the deeper concept of sustainability
How to acquire Certification
To reach certification, each tannery in the program must undergo a preparation phase in which it works on indicators established by the norm “ABNT NBR 16.296 – Leathers – Principles, criterion, and indicators for sustainable production”. Next they can solicit an audit by an organization accredited by Inmetro for certification. There are four levels: Bronze (for those that meet 50% of the applicable indicators in each of the four dimensions of certification), Silver (75%), Gold (90%), and Diamond (100%).
Tanneries in the process of certification:
A. Bühler; Baby Leather; Couroquímica; Couros Bom Retiro; Couros Nobre; Curtume Moderno; Curtume Santo Antônio; Finileather; Gobba Leather; Internacional Couros; JBS Couros; Mats; Real Nelore; Rhoma Pelles; Santa Croce; Sean Couros; Soubach Special Leathers; Vitapelli; Zas Couros