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Sustainability - New companies seek the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability
04 May 2018

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Three new tanneries have integrated themselves into the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB) program: Santa Croce, Real Nelore and Curtume Santo Antônio. 

They have begun to work on all 173 of the CSCB's indicators in criterion such as water and energy consumption, restricted substances, productive performance, residue management, and collaborator relations.  The CSCB has the support of Brazilian Leather- a project that stimulates the export of Brazilian leathers and hides which was developed by the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB) in partnership with the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil).

By participating in the program, the tanneries will initiate analysis of processes and registries that aim at diverse points such as quality, productivity, and efficiency results. Rodrigo Rodrigues, commercial director of Curtume Santa Croce, believes that these issues are determinant in a competitive market like leather. "The certification will add control and management tools," he says, and also points out that sustainability is essential for maintaining the market in the medium and long terms.

For José Maurício de Paula from Real Nelore tannery, the CSCB can support Real Nelore in quality control and market presence. His opinion coincides with the intents of the CSCB, which has gained increasing international visibility and exposure to important audiences for Brazilian leathers. A recent agreement signed with the Italian institute ICEC established the mutual recognition of Brazil and Italy's certifications and should promote even greater trade and exchange of knowledge between them.  Soon, in May, the certification will also be presented as a lecture and case study at the 20th International Technical Footwear Congress, to take place in Porto, Portugal.

About the CSCB: for 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%). Two Brazilian tanneries have already been certified: Fuga Couros (Silver) and Courovale by BCM (Gold).

Report courtesy of CICB Press Office

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