The highest level of certification for sustainable leather production in Brazil was granted to Courovale, from Portão (Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil). The tannery is the first to be certified with the Diamond seal by the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB). It met 100% of the criteria and indicators of the ABNT NBR 16296 Standard, being audited by an organization accredited by INMETRO (the signatory organ of the mutual acknowledgment agreement within the scope of IAF and ILAC). This is a milestone for the sector which demonstrates the continuous evolution of the industry (Courovale had had the Gold seal since 2018) and how it has added value to the environment, economy, and society in the production of leather in the country.
The CSCB has guided Courovale’s processes within the best industrial practices, supporting it in the journey toward sustainability and improvement of operational and management stages. The company's administrative manager, Solange Pauletti, has pointed out that the Diamond seal confirms the organization's alignment on the path to sustainability. "This achievement strengthens our credibility with the national and international markets. It also reiterates how certain we feel about having fulfilled our duties and being recognized for our dedication," she says, together with Rafael Emílio Collet, director, and Verônica Meurer, commercial manager.
The Brazilian Leather Sustainability Certification (CSCB) was created by the chain 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