A message from Brazilian leather

We have been living in a time when the attention of the world has been focused on our health. The new coronavirus has brought about drastic changes to the routine of the planet, impacting dynamics, cycles, and habits that have always been commonplace. In these extraordinary circumstances, the need for absolute maintenance of food production, medical assistance, and transport services — three sectors that are part of the leather production chain — is undeniable. Since these jobs have been declared as essential under the current legislation and decrees, members of the Centre for the Brazilian Tanning Industry (CICB) and participants of the Brazilian Leather project, an initiative created by the CICB and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) to encourage the country's leather exports, have kept on working.

The main goal is to generate value for the country and provide raw materials that are fundamental to the society’s well-being and safety, always thinking of sustainability and commitment first. The leather sector receives a by-product from the food industry — the HIDES — and enables its continuation and production. In addition to providing raw materials for segments such as footwear, upholstery, clothing, and security, tanneries provide other important by-products, such as inputs for the hygiene, cleaning, and pharmaceutical industries (the latter with collagen used in the manufacture of capsules), as well as for fertilizers , gelatine, and biodiesel.

We are proud to be able to contribute to these vital sectors to health and social development, especially at a time as delicate as the one we are currently living. 

We do this in the safest way possible, respecting the strictest health regulation practices and implementing new guidelines to ensure the health of the people who are with us on this journey of hard work and knowledge. We have a long tradition in our profession and can guarantee sustainability — as Brazil is the only country in the world that has a specific certification for it, the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB). We are a solution, by transforming hides (which would be an environmental liability if disposed in landfill) into such essential articles.

In addition to our activity as suppliers of inputs, we add value to exports by selling more than 80% of our leather to the foreign market. Our country, especially now, needs exports in order to balance the economy, thus, generating jobs and income for all. 

We are committed to our purpose and we appreciate the support of the whole society. Soon our extraordinary dedication will certainly bring results to what we need most: healthy people resuming their regular social activities.