Our Journey Towards Sustainability
Investing in environmental and social sustainability is not a choice anymore, but a clear goal towards which Antiba addresses its decisions in the short, mid, and long term, starting from the daily actions performed inside the company.
Therefore, the strategy aims at making the production process more efficient, which has been made possible in the new 4.0 facility of Ponte a Egola, that started running at full capacity in 2022.
The interconnection between our cutting-edge machines allows us to have constant and precise control of each production phase, including water, energy, and chemical product consumption.
The wet-end and the finishing department are both equipped with automatic dosers which reduced chemicals waste to zero. From the point of view of energy, the facility is supplied by cogeneration system constantly remotely monitored.
We saw an important leap forward in terms of efficiency of the whole process and improved productivity was noted, but not only that. In addition to complying with high safety standards, the new work environment greatly improved our employees’ quality of life.
Therefore, our investment choices are focused to reduce the impact of the tanning process and to improve the well-being of our staff within the working place.
The first sustainability report is an important milestone for Antiba. We have transparently reported the performance of our company in the four dimensions of sustainability: economic, social, environmental, and product. We strongly believe that a report is an excellent tool for monitoring the effectiveness of our actions and identifying areas for improvement that will be addressed in the coming years.
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Antiba’s goal has always been to establish itself as a specialized, reliable, and conscious company. Consequently, over the years the company greatly invested to build a controlled supply chain from the perspective of respecting the environment, the people, and the animal welfare, and paying particular attention to raw material suppliers from developing countries.
To guarantee a certified and secure supply chain, the Marchino tannery was opened in 2019 in Ranipet, Tamil Nadu, India. This company produces goat skins only, starting from selected and traced raw materials, which are then transformed into semi-vegetable-tanned leather of the highest quality.
Deep knowledge of the supply chain is essential for Antiba as much as for its customers. For this reason, punctual and precise data on the origin of the hides and skins are required, so that the whole supply chain can be traced back to the farms, and to ensure our customers have fully transparent and reliable information.
Tracing the skins back to the original farms of origin has become a fundamental requirement for our work. But traceability alone is not sufficient.
Ensuring that our finished leathers come from farms and slaughterhouses that respect the highest standards of animal welfare is the natural continuation of a long process that sees us committed, together with our customers and suppliers, to build a strong, reliable, and certified supply chain.
The well-being of animals is taken into great consideration, as internationally stipulated by the principle of Five Freedoms, and as declared in our policy.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Antiba is aware of the social impact its activities have towards employees, customers, suppliers, and the community in general. To manage its corporate social responsibility, Antiba chose to adopt the voluntary standard SA8000, verified by a third party.
This certificate is an acknowledgement of the care put by the company towards its employees and the meticulous control over its suppliers.
In this sense, the company is committed to not using child, forced, and discriminative labor, discouraging their practice, putting the health and safety of its employees at the center, and not disincentivizing in any way the freedom of association. Antiba’s commitment also extends to its suppliers, who are accurately selected and monitored with the aim to build a high-value supply chain abiding by the principles of social responsibility, “of health and safety in the working place, and in the proper environmental management.”
Over the years, Antiba has pursued a policy focused on reaching certificates in fields such as social responsibility, quality, traceability, and environmental sustainability, with the goal to guarantee the respect of the highest industry standards.
In time, Antiba kept its already obtained certificates, adding new ones depending on the market demands. Regarding the traceability of raw materials, i.e. half-calf, goat, and lamb, the company achieved the traceability certificate ICEC. The quality management system is pursuant to the ISO 9001 standard; Antiba’s efficient environmental management system is ensured by the ISO 14001 certificate. Antiba’s safety and environmental sustainability are also ensured by the LWG medal (Leather Working Group), a specific certificate for the tanning industry recognised at the international level.
Regarding ethics and corporate social responsibility, Antiba is certified as UNIC SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY and boasts the sustainability manifesto ICEC, granted to companies which have at least one certificate in each field (environmental, social, and product).
Even our in-house laboratory has earned an acknowledgement, having achieved the CTC approval based on the ISO 17025 international standard.