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Proforest works with buyers of leather and beef to improve the sustainability of their supply chains.

Brazil is the second largest producer of cattle globally after the USA. Most production is extensive, but inefficient. Supply chains are fragmented before processing and there are many dispersed smallholders.

Where do we work?

We work primarily in Brazil. Our team at our Latin America office in Brazil has strong networks and extensive knowledge about cattle supply chains and responsible sourcing of meat and leather.

We have a close working relationship with the Brazilian Sustainable Cattle Working Group (GTPS) through our Latin America Cattle Programme. We have also analysed the sustainability initiatives that are available in Brazil to produce a set of ‘Better Leather’ criteria to help IKEA define and identify responsible producers and processors. We have continued to work with them to refine their leather sourcing strategy.

How can we help you?

A key step in responsible sourcing is to trace your beef or leather supply chain back to the slaughterhouses and their supply base of farmers. We can help you to engage with your suppliers to improve production practices and supply chain transparency. Our services include:

  • Responsible sourcing policy. We’ll help you define the environmental and social policies and standards that will ensure your beef or leather sourcing is responsible. With our knowledge of the main challenges in cattle ranching and sourcing, we can help you identify risks and issues for your supply chain.
  • Practical guidelines. We’ll build on your sourcing policy and identify the best ways to put it into practice. This might be through existing initiatives – such as SAN certification and GTPS or Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) standards – or through your own sourcing guidelines and verification.
  • Supply chain mapping. Cattle supply chains upstream of slaughterhouses are often extensive and fragmented. Tracing the cattle supply back to the birthing farm, where many of the environmental and social impacts actually occur, is an on-going challenge that our teams can help you with.
  • Supplier engagement. Your suppliers need to understand your environmental and social requirements, and how to implement them. Through training, on-going engagement with your teams and suppliers, and communicating important guidance effectively, we can help ensure that appropriate production and traceability practices are put in place. 


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