Smit & Zoon re-confirms Ecovadis SILVER CSR Rating
Ecovadis rewards Smit & Zoon with a silver rating
We are proud to announce that Smit & Zoon has received 62 points in the Ecovadis Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) rating, earning a SILVER award. With a score higher than 90% of all of the EcoVadis assessed companies, we have once again proven to belong to the absolute top in sustainability-related activities.
The new score is 9 points higher than in 2015, the previous time Ecovadis assessed Smit & Zoon.
The EcoVadis rating methodology is to measure the quality of a company’s CSR management system – through its policies, actions, and results. The EcoVadis assessment focuses on 21 issues, which are grouped into 4 themes: Environment, Labour Practices & Human Rights, Fair Business Practices (ethics), and Sustainable Procurement.
According to Ecovadis, Smit & Zoon has shown the biggest improvements in the fields of Environment and Ethics. The Ecovadis SILVER Award is a confirmation of the value of our strategy. To be named one of the leading companies towards a more sustainable supply chain by a respected organisation like Ecovadis is a great reward for our effort. We see it as the result of our relentless drive to make the leather value chain sustainable and responsible, through a company-wide focus on sustainability, operational excellence and outstanding labour practices.
The Ecovadis ratings are based upon international CSR standards such as the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact, the International Labour Organization (ILO) conventions, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)’s standards, the ISO 26000 standard, the CERES Roadmap, and the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, also known as the Ruggie Framework.
Smit & Zoon makes a difference @ 35th India International Leather fair: Focuses on Upcycling for the leather Industry
The 35th India International Leather fair took place in Chennai from 31 Jan – 3 Feb 2020.
Smit & Zoon jointly with our authorised partners Leer Group participated promoting both SMIT & CODYECO brands and how these brands can make a difference for our customers and for the world around us. The leathers on display were developed focusing on upcycling all from lower selections, slow moving leathers from Indian origin procured from domestic tanneries.
Smit & Zoon to use Beet Pulp as an alternative to chemical ingredients in leather production
Thanks to research by Wageningen Food & Biobased Research in close collaboration with Smit & Zoon, the production of leather can become more sustainable. The research has shown that pectins from sugar beet pulp are suitable as bio-based ingredients in the production of leather.