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PrimeAsia China Achieves Leather Working Group Gold

PrimeAsia Press,September. 30, 2013

China(September 30, 2013) – PrimeAsia Leather Co. announces the achievement of Leather Working Group (LWG) gold rating for PrimeAsia’s China Tannery. PrimeAsia China also received the highest traceability rating, grade A. Grade A traceability means that greater than 90% of hides bought by PrimeAsia China are physically marked and traceable to the slaughterhouse. PrimeAsia China purchases 93% of hides from LWG gold rated beam houses. Gold and grade A traceability are the highest standings that can be awarded following an LWG environmental audit. The tannery is locatedin Dongguan, Guangdong Province, PRC.

PrimeAsiaChina’s 4th gold reaccreditation is due to PrimeAsia’s dedicationand focus on saving energy, reducing water usage, and increasingenvironmental management. PrimeAsia China has had a gold LWG ratingsince 2008.TheLWG environmental protocol continues to raise the requirements toattain gold statusandthus, it is a major accomplishment to achieve a LWG gold standing.PrimeAsia Chinastrivesto upholdPrimeAsia’sprogressive environmental goals and further advance globalenvironmental stewardship.

TheLWG auditing protocol is updated and advanced through the input oftanners, shoe brands, and chemical company members. PrimeAsia is afounding member of the LWG, which was founded in 2005 to promotesustainable practices within the leather industry.

For more information:
Sarah Swenson
PrimeAsia Environmental Manager
sswenson@primeasia.biz
+1-763-478-1774


PrimeAsia China - 2013 Social Responsibility Management System Certified

PrimeAsia Press,September 9, 2013

Dongguan,China (September 9, 2013) – PrimeAsia China (PAC) is one of thefirst industries to receive the International Certification Network’sSocial Responsibility 10 certification (IQNet SR10). IQNet SR10 is anew ISO standard introduced by IQNet in 2011. Companies that are SR10certified must show they are integrating social responsibility intothe company’s global strategy and focusing not only on employeesand customers, but also on their multiple stakeholders.

TheIQNet SR10 standard exceeds the requirements of the SA8000, SocialAccountability International Standard, in which PAC previouslyparticipated. SA8000 focuses on company employees, whereas IQNetSR10 focuses on nine stakeholders: employees, shareholders,customers, suppliers, competitors, alliance and collaboration,government, community & society and the environment. The IQNetSR10 audit also covers more comprehensive content in the followingareas: quality, environment and occupational healthy and safety.

Thiscertificate complements PAC’s many other certificates and awardsincluding ISO 14001, ISO9001, OHSAS18001, Leather Working Group Goldand the Global Reporting Initiative Annual Report. Additionally, PACprides itself on investing manpower and resources into communitydisaster relief, poverty alleviation, elderly visits, schoolimprovements and the environment.

For more information:
Sarah Swenson
PrimeAsia Environmental Manager
sswenson@primeasia.biz
+1-763-478-1774

2013 Global Tannery of the Year

PrimeAsia Press, April. 4, 2013

PrimeAsia China (PAC) wins Global Tannery of the Year at the Hong Kong APLF conference. Nearly 50 global tanneries were nominated for this prestigious prize, run by World Leather Magazine.  The competition showcases the leather industry’s top tanneries, those implementing best practices and engaging their workers, customers, communities and the environment.

The competition’s nine tannery finalists were evaluated on their commitments to: technical innovation, environmental best practice, employee welfare, community involvement, relationships with clients, and economic sustainability. PAC highlighted their commitment to technical innovation by showcasing numerous new research and development projects, machinery investments, and supply chain collaboration. Substantial energy and water reductions in the past, and ambitious long-term sustainability goals for further water, energy and waste reductions emphasize PAC’s focus on the environment.  PAC has also received top awards from 3rd party and brand environmental audits including: the highest Nike Materials Sustainability Index supplier score, Forest Footprint Sector Leader, and Leather Working Group Gold. Employees at PAC are provided a good working environment with the benefits of boarding, meals, health physicals, trainings, and educational financial support. To engage in their community, PAC employees volunteered 716 hours at schools, elderly homes, and environmental cleanups during 2012.  PAC prides itself on cultivating strong relationships with their brands to support them in the development of materials, customer service, and environmental programs.  PrimeAsia China strives to be world class in the quality of leather produced, innovative in introducing best practices, sustainable in the usage of resources, and engaged with their customers, employees, community, and suppliers.

The Global Tannery of the Year competition is an 18-month process starting at nomination and concluding at the final awards gala.  Nearly 50 tanneries were nominated to participate in the competition; these nominations were narrowed down to nine finalist tanneries, two from each of five global areas (with only 1 in Africa). The nine finalist tanneries hosted the World Leather Team at their tannery for a two-day in-depth study into the operations and practices of the tannery. During the 2013 Hong Kong APLF, the nine finalist tanneries presented the highlights and commitments of their tannery to four independent judges. The judges looked for examples of innovative thinking and passion for the leather industry, for people and for leather itself.  PrimeAsia China initially won the regional award for the top China tannery and went on to win the overall global award later that evening. These PAC awards follow the recognition that PrimeAsia Vietnam (PAV) received as the 2009 Tannery of the Year for the Asia Region.

PrimeAsia is grateful to its customers and suppliers who continue to support PrimeAsia’s values.

For more information:
Sarah Swenson
PrimeAsia Environmental Manager
sswenson@primeasia.biz
+1-763-478-1774

PrimeAsia Leather Corporation Recognized for Leadership Role by Forest Footprint Disclosure

PrimeAsia Press, Feb. 5, 2013

The fourth annual Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) Report issued January 29 reveals that PrimeAsia Leather Corporation has been recognized for its leadership role in the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods sector in addressing its forest footprint.

PrimeAsia excelled in the past year at setting goals to reduce the usage of resources, while engaging their supply chain in sustainability and traceability. In 2012, PrimeAsia set ambitious five year, thirty-percent energy, water, and waste reduction goals per square foot of leather manufactured. Carbon and water footprint measurements of individual leather products produced in PrimeAsia’s tanneries provided the benchmark data for the goals. Environmental projects undertaken by PrimeAsia in 2012 included: switching to a rice husk biomass steam boiler, energy efficiency upgrades, increased water recycling, and issuing supplier questionnaires to engage suppliers in initiating environmental policies. PrimeAsia understands the critical role suppliers play in helping their customers establish a sustainable manufacturing supply chain.

James Hulse, Director, FFD said, “Wider participation and an increase in geographic reach in the Textiles, Apparel Luxury Goods sector is warmly welcomed. Finding responsible supply options for companies in this sector continues to be challenging as the evolution of traceability and certification systems is still immature. FFD commends PrimeAsia Leather Corporation on their leadership in this area”.

Each year FFD asks the world’s largest companies to disclose their impact on forests based on their use of five commodities: soy, palm oil, timber and pulp, cattle products, and biofuels. Companies are categorized into twelve sectors and leaders are identified.

The 2012 FFD sector leaders share a common commitment to innovation and ensuring security of supply for their future. Leadership consists of moving beyond the immediate supply chain to engagement upstream and being prepared to spend time and money on finding solutions to problems wherever they are found in the world.

One hundred companies have voluntarily disclosed their forest footprint, an increase of almost 15% compared to last year; however, the gap between the leaders of the forest risk commodity sectors and their peers is ever growing.

For a copy of the report please visit http://www.forestdisclosure.com

About FFD

Forest Footprint Disclosure (FFD) is a special project of the Global Canopy Program, (GCP) initiated in 2008. FFD engages with private sector companies to ask them to disclose their current understanding of their ‘forest footprint’ based on exposure to five key commodities – soy, palm oil, timber, cattle products and biofuels – in their operations and/or supply chains. All of these commodities have the potential to be sourced from recently deforested land. FFD goes beyond simple disclosure and acts as a catalyst for investors to really engage with the companies in their portfolios on this issue. In 2012, the Forest Footprint Disclosure Request was sent to 450 global companies.

FFD is currently backed by more than 180 endorsing investors managing in excess of $12.8 trillion.

On 12th June, 2012 the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and GCP announced an alliance that will see GCP’s FFD merge with CDP over two years. This strategic merger by CDP and GCP will bring corporate disclosure on carbon and the climate, water and forests under one roof, resulting in the world’s largest and most comprehensive natural capital disclosure system, and will provide companies and investors with a single, integrated source of information for these interrelated issues.

PrimeAsia Vietnam Achieves Leather Working Group Gold

PrimeAsia Press, Jan. 30, 2013

PrimeAsia Leather Co. announces the achievement of a Leather Working Group (LWG) gold rating for PrimeAsia’s Vietnam Tannery. PrimeAsia Vietnam also received the highest traceability rating, grade A. Grade A traceability means that greater than 90% of hides bought by PrimeAsia Vietnam are physically marked and traceable to the slaughterhouse. PrimeAsia Vietnam purchases 100% of hides from LWG gold rated beam houses. Gold and grade A traceability are the highest standings that can be awarded following an LWG environmental audit. The tannery is located in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Vietnam

PrimeAsia Vietnam’s 4th gold reaccreditation is due to PrimeAsia’s dedication and focus on saving energy, reducing water usage, and increasing environmental management. Between PrimeAsia Vietnam’s 2011 and 2013 LWG audits, its energy usage decreased by 7%. The percentage of energy taken from renewable sources increased by 36.5% due to the start-up of the rice husk biomass boiler, and at current production levels half of energy requirements are from renewable sources.The LWG environmental protocol continues to raise the requirements to attain gold status and thus, it is a major accomplishment to achieve a LWG gold standing. PrimeAsia Vietnam strives to uphold PrimeAsia’s progressive environmental goals and further advance global environmental stewardship.

The LWG auditing protocol is updated and advanced through the input of tanners, shoe brands, and chemical company members. PrimeAsia is a founding member of the LWG, which was founded in 2005 to promote sustainable practices within the leather industry.

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