JBS Couros – Marabá (PA) plant – is the first wet blue tannery to be certified with the Diamond seal by the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB). It met 100% of the criteria and indicators established by the ABNT NBR 16296 Standard, being audited by an organization accredited by INMETRO. The plant was awarded the Gold seal in 2019 and, due to its vision of continuous improvement, it now receives the certificate of the highest level of sustainability in the sector.
The certificate was awarded to JBS Couros in an online ceremony attended by the company representatives, in Marabá (PA) and São Paulo (SP), and the team from the Brazilian Leather project, an initiative of the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB) in partnership with the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil). Below, you can read the impressions of the group that participated in the ceremony about this achievement:
"There is a constant evolution in the processes of the Brazilian leather industry, deeply concerned with sustainability. We are happy to see large companies, such as JBS Couros, adhering and committing to this purpose, using the CSCB as a tool for continuous improvement of processes and efficiency in the leather sector," José Fernando Bello, Executive President of CICB.
"It is an achievement that rewards collective effort, as it is the result of collective work and reaffirms the company's commitment to issues related to the environment, to caring for people, considering that it is a certification that assesses the social and environmental aspects" , Adilson Pereira, Environment Manager at JBS Couros
"The Diamond seal shows us that we are on the right path to honor our commitment and responsibility to the environment through sustainable actions in our production activities. I thank each of our employees along with the Board and corporate team for their tireless and fundamental support to achieve this result," Fábio Leser, JBS Couros Marabá.
The Brazilian Leather Sustainability Certification (CSCB) was created by the sub-sectors that constitute the Brazilian leather industry and is supported by the Brazilian Leather project – a partnership between the CICB and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) to encourage the exports of Brazilian leather to the foreign market. The CSCB promotes and recognizes the best practices of tanneries regarding economic results, reduction of environmental impact, and relationships with employees and communities. There are more than 100 requirements that the companies must fulfill to be certified by the CSCB, such as:
- reduction of water consumption
- reduction of energy consumption
- product quality control
- raw material origin
- restricted substances
- worker health and safety
How to obtain the certification
After becoming members of the CICB, the companies undergo training and work with a consultant, who instructs them and verifies the fulfillment and continuity of each indicator. By completing this stage, the tannery can request an audit from an organization accredited by INMETRO for the certification. There are four levels of the seal:
- Bronze (for those companies that meet up to 50% of the applicable requirements for each of the four dimensions of the certification)
- Silver (75%)
- Gold (90%)
- Diamond (100%).