The Real Sustainable Leather

Kind Leather

Behind the concept

Kind Leather is the result of years of research and effort to develop authentically sustainable leather. By merging concepts such as sustainability, clean production and traceability we have built a new production concept that aims to promote a more transparent value chain, from farm to end product. This production system, in which the hide is the principal form of animal protein, means we are able to use only the most desirable items to produce leather while the remainder are employed in other major industries such as beauty and pharmaceuticals.

This results in more efficient use of resources and improved leather quality, while substantially reducing the amount of water, energy and chemicals used. Concurrently, this also reduces greenhouse gas emissions and waste as part of a monitored production chain with end-to-end traceability.

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Brand Pillars

Motivation

Responsible sourcing

A pioneering cattle procurement monitoring system provides daily assessments of all the farms that supply our leather to ensure none are involved in deforestation or invasion of indigenous or environmental conservation areas. Animal welfare is also another major aspect of the responsible sourcing process ingrained in our everyday activities.

We have a robust animal welfare policy focusing on the five animal freedoms, which includes initiatives to ensure ethical treatment and freedom from hunger and thirst, freedom from discomfort, freedom from pain, injury and disease, freedom from fear and distress and freedom to express their normal behavior.

Traceability

Our traceability system focuses on product sourcing and safety and we keep a production record of all processes, inputs and tests carried out to promote ongoing product improvements. This system can trace leathers back to the farms from which they were sourced. It offers a complete and highly detailed tracking record, including technical specifications, to support product integrity.

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Eco Efficiency

The Kind Leather concept presents a new approach to leather processing, which means we only use the best parts to produce leather and make use of the rest in other important areas, such as nutrition, health and beauty.

We assess and select the areas that will be processed before the tanning stage, which helps to reduce the amount of water, energy and chemicals used throughout the process, generating considerable environmental benefits. At the same time, the process produces more consistent and higher quality leather, which substantially reduces the amount of waste produced across all phases of production.

Benefits

Big Changes

Enviromental

• Reduction on chemical consumption (wet blue stage): 42% • Reduction on chemical consumption (finishing stage): 28% • Reduction of trimming waste considering the whole production chain: 51% • Reduction of power consumption: 20% • Reduction of water consumption: 46% • Reduction of co2 emission: 65%

Economic

• Higher productivity in finishing plants and in die press cutting • Higher cutting yield

New Approach

An optimized approach results in more efficient use of raw materials in complementary industries, transforming what was previously considered waste into important inputs for other sectors such as food, health, beauty and pharmaceuticals.

Social

• Better ergonomics • Improved working conditions

Monitoring

Quality Control

In accordance with our public commitments, all processed leathers are sourced from farms that:

· Do not use slave analogous labour
· Are not under environmental embargos
· Are not located in deforested areas, indigenous lands or in environmental protection areas

The company has a system capable of verifying conditions at each supplier farm to identify and block farms that do not comply with its social and environmental criteria. The system monitors official data from government agencies and uses satellite images and geo-referenced farm maps to carry out a daily analysis of around 40 thousand cattle suppliers based in the Legal Amazon region.

Traceability

The Leather's Story

We have a comprehensive leather traceability system capable of tracking leathers back to the farm groups where they were sourced. This system also maintains a detailed record of every process, including the inputs, tests, machinery and technical specifications used to support product integrity and continuous improvement. All Kind Leather products are tanned at tanneries that have achieved gold star LWG international certification with the highest traceability score.

Animal Welfare

We do care

We have a team of specialists that monitor animal welfare using techniques that are constantly being improved based on best market practices. In 2017, the company also created an Animal Welfare Committee with representatives from sustainability, animal welfare, agriculture, cattle breeding and corporate communication areas. This committee provides guidelines that ensure our approach to animal welfare is always improving. The company invests in improvements at processing plants and encourage best animal welfare practices to continue improving animal welfare across the supply chain. All actions taken across all company operations are based on policies and principles that respect the five fundamental animal freedoms defined by the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC):

· Freedom from fear or stress

· Freedom from hunger, thirst and malnutrition

· Freedom for discomfort

· Freedom from pain, disease or injury

· Freedom to express their normal behavior

sustainability is essential.
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