About Us

Who We Are

Pontes leads the way in the production and commercialisation of sustainable Carnauba wax, with Carnauba biowaxes conforming to the highest standards of quality, ethics, and sustainability.

If sourcing sustainable Carnauba wax is important to your business, Pontes offers a complete line of Carnauba biowaxes suitable for the most diverse types of industrial applications.

Our focus rests relentlessly on sustainability. We develop high-quality products with tangible added value, each combining the best production results with socio-environmental sustainability.

A pioneer in responsible Carnauba – the employment of socio-environmental technology and innovation aimed at developing the regional bioeconomy – we contribute to the conservation of the Caatinga and the prosperity of local communities with our products.

Pontes’s social-environmental commitment goes far beyond the requirements of mere Compliance. By ensuring sourcing with sustainability and robust programs of welfare and education in our communities, we endeavours to ensure that each of our initiatives brings real benefits to the planet and to society.

Pontes Carnauba Biowax

When choosing Pontes’ sustainable products, you are also supporting:

– The fostering of Caatinga’s bio-economy, uniting production and conservation of a biome that has already been 46% deforested;

– Science & Technology aimed at rescuing biodiversity and the local ecosystem, with 5,000 seedlings produced each year;

– Conservation of 17,531 hectares of carnauba groves, besides the restoration of green spaces and degraded areas;

– Decent work and income for 1,114 people living in areas of high social vulnerability and low HDI within the Brazilian semi- arid;

– Sustainable development of local communities.

19th Century

Pontes’ history as carnauba wax manufacturer started in the 19th century when the family “Brasileiro Pontes” produced crude carnauba wax.

1956

Liaderson Pontes took over the business and Pontes Industria became an internationally recognised business as a strategic carnauba wax producer.

1960

The company built its original production site at Ceará’s Capital, Fortaleza.

1971

The leadership of the company passed to Liaderson’s son, Domingos, who steered the operation through almost a quarter century of development and growth.

1995

Domingos’s daughter, Lara, assumed the role of President of Pontes Indústria, and remains in the post today.

1999

The first Carnauba wax manufacturer to be certified by ISO 9001.

2016

The first manufacturer of Carnauba wax to be certified by FSSC.

2018

Expansion and new innovative production systems and processes.

2019

Pontes opened the first and unique carnauba model farm. This production site is exclusively for Organic Carnauba Wax.

2019

“Pontes para o Crescimento” programme received Benchmarking certification.

2020

First Carnauba company be certified Vegan.

2020

The Bioethical Carnauba Seal assures a more ethical and sustainable carnauba wax production.

2022

The only Carnauba company to be awarded WOB Certification by WEConnect

2022

Our Institute Pontes Para o Crescimento has joined the UN Global Compact Brazil

2022

Pontes' products have been awarded the Fair for Life 5-Leaf certification.

2023

The first company of carnauba sector to achieve Carbon Neutrality in its entire operations, (Published and Verified), according to the GHG Protocol Brazil method.

2023

Pontes Industria de Cera has joined the UN Global Compact Brazil.

2023

Pontes presented its success case as a sustainable carnauba wax supplier during the Climate Week NYC event, organised by the Climate Group in partnership with the UN Global Compact.

2023

Pontes’ emission reduction targets have been officially approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

2023

Pontes received the Gold Seal from the Brazilian GHG Protocol Programme.

Our Region and Centres

Pontes manufactures at two advanced production sites. One production site is exclusively for Organic Carnauba Wax.

These are located in Brazil’s most important Carnauba wax production region.

The strategic location guarantees the company access to the highest quality, purest raw material.

Our Vision

“We are committed to be the best in class high quality, ethical and sustainable Carnauba brand in the market, with real benefits for the planet and society, way beyond compliance”

 

Sustainable Carnauba – Ensuring sustainable Carnauba wax production.

Pontes Industria leads the way in environmental stewardship by being the first company in the sector to achieve 100% carbon neutrality. This milestone was accomplished by meticulously measuring and neutralising CO2 emissions across all operations, as verified under the GHG Protocol Brazil.

Additionally, Pontes’ commitment to using 100% renewable energy sources in Piauí, primarily from biomass and solar energy, contributes to our sustainability goal  by preventing the emission of 1,546.82 tons of CO2 annually. This pioneering approach not only sets a benchmark, but also demonstrates the potential for sustainable production worldwide.

Responsible Carnauba – Pursuing ethical Carnauba production.

Our Responsible Carnauba initiative highlights our profound commitment to environmental conservation and carbon management. We have undertaken the conservation of 17,531 hectares of Carnauba groves, as well as the restoration of green spaces and degraded areas.

Efforts like these contribute significantly to the global fight against climate change, cementing our role as a leader in responsible resource management and biodiversity conservation.

Sourcing with sustainability – Ensuring end-to-end integrity.

Adopting a “Zero Waste” philosophy, Pontes achieves an astonishing 98% rate of reutilisation, reuse, and recycling of its industrial waste. This initiative prevents the disposal of approximately 1,378 tons of garbage each year.

By integrating these practices into our ‘Sourcing with Sustainability’ strategy, we not only minimise environmental impact but also set a sustainable example for others in the Carnauba industry. Their efforts highlight the importance of holistic approaches to sustainability, ensuring that every aspect of production contributes positively to environmental health.

Our Mission

“We drive changes and lead innovation for aligning economic growth with positive impact for people and biodiversity.

For us, minimising negative impact is not enough. With our high quality, ethical and sustainable Carnauba, we create human prosperity and community development”

 

Our pursuit of sustainability in the manufacture of Carnauba wax goes beyond environmental responsibility to foster economic and social advancement. By utilising renewable resources and maintaining carbon neutrality, Pontes ensures that each step of our production process supports not only ecological balance but also the prosperity of our local communities.

This commitment positions us, with our ‘responsible Carnauba’ approach, at the forefront of sustainable practices, driving industry standards toward a more equitable and sustainable future.

Our Values

High Quality And Safety Guaranteed
Leadership And Innovation To Create The Best Products For People And Planet
Ethics, Traceability And Transparency
Relevant And Trusted Sustainability - Doing Less Harm Is Not Enough!
For Us, Success Is Not Defined as Being The Best In The World. Our Aim Is To Be The Best For The World, Generating Positive Economic, Social And Environmental Impacts, All Together