JBS business unit will address sustainability-related issues and the direct impact
on the leather supply chain for the automotive industry
Sao Paulo, May 30, 2018 – JBS Couros, one of the world’s leading suppliers of leather in the wet-blue, crust and finished stages, will be attending the upcoming ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain, which is being held on June 4 in Stuttgart, Germany. During the event, Fernando Bellese, Marketing and Sustainability manager at JBS Couros, will be giving a presentation on sustainability throughout the entire leather supply chain.
The main issues that will be addressed include: sustainable sourcing, animal welfare, raw material handling, environmental responsibility, traceability and other major topics for the JBS value chain. “We transform organic materials into high-quality products that are widely used by companies around the world. The automotive leather market offers many opportunities and ongoing investments are important to offer the best solutions that this market requires, always on a sustainable basis”, said Bellese.
In Brazil, JBS Couros has the capacity to produce 35.000 hides a day in the wet-blue, crust and finished stages for three distinct segments: automotive, furniture, footwear and leather goods. The company markets its products in all of the main consumer markets and exports its leather to over 50 countries.
With 21 production units, distribution centers and commercial offices in North and South America, Europe and Asia, the Company serves a wide variety of markets worldwide. Operations are managed with a high level of control over all processes, which includes a robust traceability system.
ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain will be held during the same week as the Automotive Interiors Show, a major industry event also being held in Stuttgart between June 5 and 8.
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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