This is the essence that guides the creation of Sustainable Origin
that seeks to positively impact companies for a more sustainable future.
We want solid companies with strategies that prioritize efficient management, which results in economic results, while being actively responsible with society and its employees, and preserving the environment.
More than a certification seal, Sustainable Origin is a program that guides the evolution of companies and, consequently, of the entire footwear production chain.
The initial steps of the program were formatted with the support of researchers and experts from the University of São Paulo (USP) who, through the work of the Sustainability Laboratory of the Polytechnic School of USP (LASSU) developed a project proposal with indicators to direct the assessment of sustainability in the footwear sector.
Assintecal, as a representative entity of the footwear industry components' companies, had a primary role in stimulating the practical construction of a program, which in 2013 became a pilot project to apply in market practice and test its operation and feasibility with footwear and component companies.
During prospective missions in mid-2009, Assintecal's Board of directors and entrepreneurs from the components' sector visited companies in Europe that had in their management guidelines sustainability as a strategic pillar, not linked to product, but as their internal processes and policies were instructed to bring greater economy, social and environmental responsibility.
And based on these references and the myopia of perception about sustainability as a theme related only to ecological and environmental issues linked to the product, that an intention was motivated to demystify the concept of sustainability to Brazilians.
Another motivator, in addition to education on the subject, was the formatting of a high-level recognition so that companies could be highlighted and promoted for implementing a system of excellence in their companies.
Based on this, in addition to a seal based on the most important international parameters of sustainability, we have structured a program that educates and guides the evolution of companies to build a sustainable footwear chain.
Created in 1983, Abicalçados represents the national footwear industry.
In addition to the institutional representation, which makes the entity the official spokesperson of the Brazilian footwear sector, bringing demands of interest to the Public Power, Abicalçados promotes development actions, commercial and image promotion for both the domestic and international market, in the latter through the Brazilian Footwear program.
Currently, the entity has in its list of memberships, comanies that account for more than 70% of the national production of footwear. Read more in
For more than 35 years representing the components' sector with the mission of boosting the Brazilian market and taking products beyond borders, Assintecal has more than 300 associated companies in the most diverse Brazilian poles.
The operations of the entity are guided by the vision of delivering word class solutions in technology, design, sustainability and operational efficiency for its associates.
Read more in www.assintecal.org.br
THE ONLY SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFICATION FOR A FOOTWEAR CHAIN
Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the future.
To ensure sustainable development, it is necessary to propose means that harmonize economic progress allied to environmental, social and cultural aspects.
The Sustainable Origin offers a complete system and guide for participating companies to achieve their objectives and goals on all fronts of sustainability, through five dimensions: economic, social, cultural, environmental and sustainability management.
A sustainability management system to ensure that the entire organization is involved with sustainability, with a systemic and continuous improvement-oriented approach.
These are actions in the present that affect the sustainability of the business over time.
Preservation of the business without compromising the preservation of nature.
Actions that affect members of society, including human and labor rights.
Preservation of the culture of the company, evolving to the insertion of elements of local, regional and national culture.
FOR ALL TYPES OF CERTIFICATION
The Sustainable Origin is a certification of the footwear chain aimed at shoe companies and footwear supplies.
In addition, it makes it possible to choose the organizational limit of certification, which can be both for an Enterprise Group, a brand or a production unit.
Certification of all processes of the organization. The brands belonging to the certified company also receive the certification.
Certification of processes related to a particular brand. Multiple units can have one or more processes checked.
Certification of processes that occur within the limits of a certain manufacturing unit (CNPJ).
EVALUATED BY INDICATORS BASED ON INTERNATIONAL PARAMETERS
The companies participating in Sustainable Origin assume the responsibility of developing and achieving the goals of the indicators of the sustainability management, economic, environmental, social and cultural dimensions.
Each of the indicators evaluates the performance of companies to ensure the certification levels of the program. The map of indicators demonstrates all the necessary areas that are constantly evolving and that constitute a complete guide to sustainability in the footwear chain.
RESPECTING EACH COMPANY'S TIME AND EVOLUTION
The companies participating in Sustainable Origin are evaluated by the indicators, and a certification level is given according to their score based on those indicators.
Four different levels follow the evolution and maturity of companies in their journey for sustainability.
Micro and small businesses
Medium and large companies
HOW COMPANIES PARTICIPATE
THERE ARE SIX SIMPLE STEPS TO BE PART OF THE ENTIRE CERTIFICATION PROCESS
Composed of six steps, a company's certification process is organic and focused on continuous improvement of certificates.
The SENAI Institute of Technology in Leather and Environment started its activities in 1966 as CT Couro – Technological Center for Leather in Estância Velha – RS. The Institute works in the areas of environment, sustainability and management for the most diverse industrial and non-industrial segments, in addition to supporting the leather industry.
Located in Estância Velha/RS, it has qualified professionals, infrastructure and modern equipment, capable of meeting the various demands of the Brazilian industry.
Intertek is an industry leader with more than 43,800 employees in 1,000 locations in over 100 countries. We deliver Total Quality Assurance expertise 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with our industry-winning processes and customer-centric culture. Whether your business is local or global, we can help to ensure that your products meet quality, health, environmental, safety, and social accountability standards for virtually any market around the world. We hold extensive global accreditations, recognitions, and agreements, and our knowledge of and expertise in overcoming regulatory, market, and supply chain hurdles is unrivalled.
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Operating in the certification segment since 1950, ABNT has developed several programs towards market needs, establishing and managing compliance marks, in accordance with applicable standards, and compulsory or voluntary certification schemes. ABNT is a certification body duly accredited by the CGCRE of Inmetro to carry out the certification of management systems, processes, products and services.
The Sustainable Origin seal certifies and shows consumers and business partners that the company is willing to build a more sustainable footwear chain. A certification of commitment to a more sustainable future, which values brands and makes a difference in the footwear sector.
In addition, the seal is a commercial differential in the international market, opening new business opportunities and helping draw the attention of shopkeepers and consumers at the point of sale.