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.
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.
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;
Environmental Crime Law;
Family agriculture law;
Regulatory Standards (Health and Safety);
Consumer Protection Law;
Child and Adolescent Statute;
3 – Socioeconomic sustainability:
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;
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;
Assessment of opportunities for improvement and innovation;
Feedback and Discussion platform for complaints, conflicts or disagreements.
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.