The objective is clear and is strategic one: to expand its action worldwide. It is a new operational dimension, the one that ICEC, the reference Certification Institute for the leather industry, is experimenting with. This is demonstrated by the latest agreements signed in the Iberian peninsula. Target: three “important productive, technical and associative realities”.
The first two are Spanish. The third is Portuguese. All three are dated September 2019. The two Spanish partnerships bring ICEC to start a collaboration with ACEXPIEL (Asociación de la Industria de la Piel Para El Comercio Exterior) and with Barcelona’s Leather Cluster. The Portuguese one instead involves CTIC (Centro Tecnológico das Indústrias do Couro).
By virtue of these agreements, ICEC sets itself in the role of that who “will offer its partners support in every activity of valorisation and communication of sustainability, in processes and production in tanning”. More generally, however, the three partnerships involve the development and implementation of joint promotion, training and information activities. Particular attention will be paid to the dissemination of certification schemes related, above all, to traceability and made in.
The previous one
The international acceleration of ICEC has a precedent or, if you will, a starting point that dates back to March 2018. In that month, in the context of the International Council of Tanners, it signed a partnership with the Brazilians of CSCB (Brazilian Leather Sustainability Certification).