Fuga Couros is the newest tannery to receive the Gold seal from the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB). Initially certified with the Silver title a year ago, the company recently underwent a maintenance audit in which the Gold level was recognized. The CSCB strengthens the commitment of Brazil's leather industry with best practices in the tripod of the environment, society, and economy, in accordance with norm ABNT NBR 16,296, and all audits are carried out by an organ accredited by INMETRO (signing organ of the mutual recognition agreement in the IAF and theILAC framework).
The certification was built by the chain that integrates the country's leather industry and is supported by the Brazilian Leather Project - an initiative of the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB) and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) to encourage the participation of the country's leathers in the foreign markets.
With the conquest of Fuga Couros, the number of Gold certified Brazilian tanneries now comes to three: Courovale by BCM, Mats Beneficiamento de Couros and, now, Fuga. Throughout 2018, several partnerships have established the CSCB as a benchmark for customers in the leather and consumer sector: recently, two shoes brads - Arezzo & Co and Calçados Bibi - signed a Cooperation Agreement them, encouraging their suppliers to adhere to certification. In the first half of the year, a document of mutual recognition between CSCB and ICEC - Institute of Quality Certification for the Italian Leather Sector was signed in Hong Kong at a world meeting of the leather sector. Additionally, the international group Kering published a recommendation for leather suppliers from Brazil to work with CSCB in its Manual of Standards for Raw Materials and Processes (2017).