Throughout its history, Cipatex® has focused its activities on the protection of the environment. Even before the adoption of our Environmental Policy, announced in 2002, the company already sought to improve its production techniques to reduce the usage of natural resources.
Continuous improvement has always been one of our trademarks, therefore, all our plants and processes are based on sustainability, with environmentally correct, socially fair and economically viable actions. The proper usage of natural resources, the productive disposals and the correct destination of these supplies have turned Cipatex® into a role model for cleaner production practices.
That is why Cipatex® reaffirms that in all its procedures and plants it operates in compliance with the best practices, combined with its economic and environmental activities, always committed to fair, responsible and transparent operations.
Cipatex® was the first company to receive the Gold certificate of the Sustainable Origin Program. The seal is granted and confirmed by the Brazilian Association of Footwear Manufacturers (Abicalçados) and by the Brazilian Association of Companies of Components for Leather, Footwear and Accessories (Assintecal), in partnership with the Sustainability Lab (Lassu) from the University of São Paulo (USP) and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The certification uses the White, Bronze, Silver, Gold and Diamond scales and accredits the Brazilian companies that have successfully incorporated sustainability into their processes. The certificate has been granted based on 52 different criteria, grouped in four pillars: cultural, environmental, social and economic. Today, 100% of the waste produced by the Cipatex® Group, whether liquid or solid, is screened, treated and sent to recycling or to a proper destination. Nothing is disposed of and all the income from waste management is used in the continuous improvement of productive processes and environmental questions, such as the purchase of new filters, new renewable technologies, and more.
Cipatex® has obtained the ISO 9001 certificate and is getting ready to obtain the ISO 14001 standard. Over its more than 50 years of history, the company has undergone frequent expansions. Moreover, it increased its range of products, its production, and proportionally reduced the waste generated in the production, through several responsible measures. In addition to actions focused on environmental conservation, Cipatex® also carries out social responsibility projects. Partnerships enable schools and universities in neighboring communities to use residues supplied by the company to produce artistic work, like tapestry, Christmas trees, among others.
With the Sustainable Origin Program, Abicalçados and Assintecal intend to engage footwear and component manufacturers in sustainability questions, which will result in more opportunities to export for countries that have regulations oriented to the purchase of sustainable products. Another benefit of the seal is the guarantee of the Brazilian industry’s compliance with international sustainability initiatives, such as SAC, Biocalce, DOW Jones Sustainability Index, ISE-Bovespa, among others.