São Paulo, October 17, 2019 – JBS Couros, a benchmark in sustainable practices and recognized by ISO 9001/2015 and the LWG-Leather Working Group for its quality standards compliance, has recently been awarded a certificate by the BLSC – Brazilian Leather Sustainability Certification organization. Following a BLSC audit, the Marabá (PA) plant became Brazil’s first wet blue tannery to receive Gold seal certification.
The audit assessed environmental, social, economic and sustainable aspects across the operation and the plant was awarded an average score of 97% across 160 audited items with not a single non-conformity. The plant will follow an audit, assessment and recertification schedule over the next three years to maintain its Gold seal or upgrade to the Diamond seal, underlining its commitment to ongoing process improvement. According to the BLSC, a sustainable tannery is one that generates positive financial outcomes, reduces environmental impacts, provides safe working conditions and interacts with other stakeholders.
Created in 2009, JBS Couros produces leather in the wet blue, crust and finished product stages for the automotive, furniture and footwear and leather goods sectors. Its global business structure makes JBS as an obvious choice for companies that require high production capacity, quality and guaranteed delivery, allied with the innovation needed to serve an increasingly demanding market. The Marabá tannery was set up 11 years ago and has over 150 employees producing wet blue leather. After finishing, wny left-over raw materials are used by the automobile, furniture and footwear industries.
About JBS Couros
JBS created its leather business unit in 2009 as an important part of its strategy to add value to the production chain. JBS Couros is the world’s largest leather processing company with 21 manufacturing units, three leather cutting plants, five distribution centers, three showrooms and four sales offices on 4 continents. The company currently employs around 7.3 thousand people worldwide and produces wet blue, semi-finished and finished leather for the automotive, furniture, footwear and leather goods industries. JBS Couros has implemented clear and standardized procedures across its leather production lines and is constantly investing in technology and training, making it one of the most modern companies in the world, transforming organic materials into high-quality products that are widely used by global companies.
The Brazilian Leather Sustainability Certification (BLSC) was organized by Brazil’s leather supply chain and is supported by the Brazilian Leather project – an initiative organized by the CICB and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) to promote Brazilian leather exports. The BLSC promotes and recognizes best tannery practices that help improve on tanneries’ financial outcomes, the environment and employee/community relations. The BLSC certification assesses 173 indicators, including: reduced water consumption, reduced energy consumption, quality controls, restricted substances, management and occupational health and safety.
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