“Ensuring Bioethical Sourcing for Carnauba Wax.”

What is Bioethical Carnauba Seal?

Bioethical Carnauba Seal – BCS is reliable and transparent, relying on a rigorous and high standard system to monitor the compliance and the continuous sustainable improvement of the supply chain.

The BCS assures a more ethical and sustainable carnauba wax production. It stands for social responsibility and traceability, guaranteeing sustainable sourcing and processing.

It aims to improve the livelihoods of carnauba communities, preservation of biodiversity, human rights and sustainable living.

The “BIOETHICAL CARNAUBA SEAL” certifies Pontes Industria de Cera’s commitment to the Social Responsibility and Traceability of its products. The company and the supply chain are annually verified by Accreditation Bodies, registered by the IAF – International Accreditation Forum.

Statement

The Bioethical Carnauba Seal assures the consumers that the products from certified carnauba wax companies have been sourced, from plantation to consignment, in a sustainable manner.

It applies high standards on economic, social and environmental conditions for carnauba wax production to establish ethical, sustainable, traceable, and fair carnauba supply chains. In addition to these values, the companies carrying the seal have to comply with the requirements established in TACs issued by the Labour Prosecution Office (MPT) and other legal requirements. The compliance can be demonstrated through the trustworthy and robust system verified and certified by TÜV Rheinland.

Pillars

The 8 social, economic and environmental pillars to meet the international standards and criteria of Bioethical Carnauba Seal are:

1 – Compliance with the TACs issued by the Labour Prosecution Office (MPT):

2 – Compliance with legal requirements:

International Labour Standards – ILO;

Labour Law;

Environmental Crime Law;

Family agriculture law;

Corporate Law;

Regulatory Standards (Health and Safety);

Tax Legislation;

Consumer Protection Law;

Child and Adolescent Statute;

Elderly Statute;

and others.

3 – Socioeconomic sustainability:

Fair price;

Mapping and risk assessment in the supply chain.

4 – Conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity:

Actions to preserve the environment;

Actions to ensure the sustainable use of biodiversity;

Environmental monitoring system;

Promotion of sustainable development.

5 – Traceability:

Monitoring of the entire production chain from plantation to consignment.

6 – Promotion of training and support for the supply chain:

Good harvesting practices;

Human Rights;

Labour Rights;

Health and Safety in carnauba field;

Conservation and preservation of biodiversity;

Audits in the supply chain, including family agriculture.

7 – Standards for the supply chain:

To be compliant with the TAC requirements;

To be committed to human rights;

To be compliant with the company’s code of conduct;

To be cleared by the Labour-related Public Prosecutor’s Office for slave-like labour or any other labour crimes.

8 – Management system:

Organization Context – including: Accountability – Transparency – Ethical behaviour – Respect for the Laws – Respect for Human Rights – Respect for International Standards of Conduct – Equality of treatment and opportunities;

Stakeholders – Respect for their interests of stakeholders;

Social Responsibility Policy;

Risks and opportunities aligned with the core themes of social responsibility and related issues;

Due Diligence;

Assessment of opportunities for improvement and innovation;

Feedback and Discussion platform for complaints, conflicts or disagreements.

Assurance

The Bioethical Carnauba Seal’s audits are carried out annually by the internationally recognized accreditation body TÜV Rheinland.

The seal is valid for 5 years, ensuring long-term commitment to social responsibility and traceability in the carnauba supply chain. It uses the trustworthy and robust TÜV Rheinland’s system to continuously monitor and verify the company and the supply chain.

TÜV Rheinland

TÜV Rheinland stands for safety and quality in virtually all areas of business and life. Founded almost 150 years ago, the company is one of the world’s leading testing service providers with more than 20,000 employees and annual revenues of 2 billion euros. TÜV Rheinland’s highly qualified experts test technical systems and products around the world, support innovations in technology and business, train people in numerous professions and certify management systems according to international standards. In doing so, the independent experts generate trust in products as well as processes across global value-adding chains and the flow of commodities.

The word “ethics” can be interpreted in many ways around the world. However, the United Nations – UN has worked in a series of guidelines, which includes the UN Global Compact to align business strategies across the globe towards responsible behaviour. Since 2006, TÜV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.

Pontes ensures that the clients are buying products that had been sustainably harvested, in an environmentally sound, socially beneficial, and economically prosperous manner.