ISA TanTec commits to CSR for long-term success
The company is working to source hides from regenerative cattle farms.
Macau-based footwear leather producer ISA TanTec has released a corporate social responsibility report which highlights its activity during 2020 and 2021. In this publication, the group provides details of progress made during this period at its manufacturing plants in China, the USA and Vietnam. The issues covered include chemical management, employment and human rights, environmental protection, supply chain management, and sustainable operational management systems and strategies.
According to ISA TanTec’s chief executive, Uwe Hutzler, the group encountered a significant drop in business in 2020 when lockdowns in its main trading markets started. However, ‘extensive contingency plans’ are said to have allowed for operations and ongoing business relationships within the supply chain to be maintained. The report also stresses that ISA TanTec views a commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) as ‘essential to long-term success’.
In line with this strategy, the group has reportedly become the first organisation in the tanning industry to form a partnership with non-profit organisation The Savory Institute. This tie-up will see the institute’s ‘Land To Market’ programme being used to certify that some of ISA TanTec’s US-sourced hides come from regenerative cattle farms. This scheme has been designed to help consumers select products that have been verified as having been obtained from projects that work to improve the quality of air, biodiversity, soil and water. The leather producer states that this new partnership will strengthen its existing commitments to accountability, traceability and transparency.
This article was originally published on page 2 of the July/August 2022 issue of SATRA Bulletin.