It sources cattle hides from Durlicouros, a Brazilian leather manufacturer that cleans and de-fleshes them after slaughter. At this stage, the raw hides are treated to prevent rot before the layers of skin are split into separate leather and collagen production chains.
Durlicouros procures its hides from cattle slaughtered at JBS and Minerva abattoirs, according to multiple interviews with truck drivers and other local sources. Hundreds of those cattle are raised on farms encroaching on Mãe Maria and other Indigenous lands.
In a recent call with investors, the CEO of Darling Ingredients, Randall C Stuewe, said the acquisition of Gelnex would massively boost the company’s collagen production.
Gelnex told TBIJ: “All raw materials used by the company are sourced from approved suppliers, duly registered before the applicable regulatory agencies, and legally authorised to operate in accordance with applicable laws.”
Tannery firm DurliCouros said it “meets the strictest national and international sustainability standards”. Both DurliCouros and BluBrasil were assigned a “gold” rating by the Leather Working Group (LWG), an industry association that assesses members’ sustainability. LWG told the Bureau that this is a “complex topic” and that it’s working towards a standard of “100% deforestation and conversion free by 2030 or earlier”.
JBS said that although there was deforestation on some of the farms identified, its purchases from these were “fully compliant” with its procurement and monitoring protocols, and that others had adhered to its standards.
Brazil’s third largest meatpacker, Minerva, said that it works to ensure that cattle purchased do not originate from properties with illegally deforested areas, adding that it monitors “100% of direct suppliers”.
A spokesperson for Jennifer Aniston referred TBIJ to Nestlé.
Nestlé said that the allegations raised are not in line with its commitment to responsible sourcing and has contacted its supplier to investigate this matter. It added that it is taking steps to ensure its products are deforestation-free by 2025.
Support Lumiserver & Cynesys on Tipeee
Visit our sponsors
Wise (formerly TransferWise) is the cheaper, easier way to send money abroad. It helps people move money quickly and easily between bank accounts in different countries. Convert 60+ currencies with ridiculously low fees - on average 7x cheaper than a bank. No hidden fees, no markup on the exchange rate, ever.
Now you can get a free first transfer up to 500£ with your ESNcard. You can access this offer here.