São Paulo, October 26, 2018 – JBS Couros is moving ahead along its path to sustainability. The Company has just joined the Brazilian Leather Sustainability Certificate – Certificação de Sustentabilidade do Couro Brasileiro (CSCB) program, which aims to consolidate industry engagement with best sustainability practices.
The Company plans to obtain certification by next year for seven of its Brazil plants: Barra do Garças (MT), Itumbiara (GO), Lins (SP), Marabá (PA), Montenegro (RS), Naviraí (MS) and Nova Andradina (MS). “The units are already implementing training course for our teams to put in place any changes that might be required to comply with all CSCB requirements, said Paulo Reimman, Quality director at JBS Couros.
The initiative, organized by the Center for Brazilian Tannery Companies – Centro das Indústrias de Curtumes do Brasil (CICB) – complies with the guidelines issued by the Brazilian Compliance Evaluation System – Sistema Brasileiro de Avaliação da Conformidade (BCES) – and is implemented by the National Institute of Metrology, Quality and Technology – Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Qualidade e Tecnologia (Inmetro). The Institute sets the standards that must be complied with during the sustainability compliance assessment for the leather production process.
Economic, environmental, social and sustainability management factors will all be evaluated and graded either gold, silver or bronze. According to the CSCB, a sustainable tannery generates positive financial results, reduces its environmental impact, provides safe working conditions and interacts with other stakeholders.
JBS Couros already sets the bar for sustainability across the sector and has already been recognized for its compliance with strict quality standards with certificates from ISO and the Leather Working Group (LWG).
JBS is one of the world’s leading food industry companies with approximately 230 thousand employees in over 20 countries. The Company owns a portfolio of brands that are acknowledged for their excellence and innovation, including Friboi, Moy Park, Pilgrim’s Pride, Primo, Seara, Swift, Gold’n Plump and others, serving over 350,000 customers of more than 150 nationalities worldwide. The company’s focus on innovation also reflects its management approach to related businesses in areas such as leather, biodiesel, collagen, personal hygiene and cleaning products, natural wrappings, solid waste management solutions, metal packaging and transportation. JBS has adopted best sustainability practices throughout its value chain and constantly monitors its suppliers using satellite imagery, georeferenced maps of supplier farms and monitors official data from government agencies; the company also focuses on the highest possible food safety and quality standards. The success of JBS’s operations is closely tied to our Animal welfare practices, which are rigorously applied and have received an increasing share of investments to further improve the Company’s efforts in this area, in line with best practices.
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