How DNA techniques can be used in tracing the leather supply chain

United Kingdom
Published:  04 November, 2016
Dr Jo Greenwood

The upcoming “Leather and Sustainability in Retail” conference will take place in London on November 17 and will feature a keynote presentation on DNA labelling and how it could be used to follow materials through the leather supply chain. It will be presented by Dr Jo Greenwood, Technical Director, EMEA from U.S. headquartered, Applied DNA Sciences.

Applied DNA Sciences are the creators of unique botanical DNA-based tagging and authentication systems which have been successfully implemented to improve supply chain management, protecting textiles, electronic components, cash, vehicles and many other assets.

The leather industry supply chain is complex and there is currently no complete and reliable system for managing traceability. DNA labelling could provide the solution to secure the entire value chain, from the farm to the retailed product.

Dr Jo Greenwood is the Technical Director EMEA for Applied DNA Sciences, a bio-tech company specialising in the use of botanical DNA for anti-counterfeit and security applications.

Applied DNA Sciences is a bio-tech company based in Stony Brook, Long Island, New York. The company has a team of over 60 employees many of whom have extensive backgrounds in the science of DNA. 


Other key speakers and topics on the conference agenda include:

  • Sustainability strategy with focus on chemical management: A positive example of supply chain collaboration. Chiara Morelli, Environmental P&L Director, Kering Group.
  • “Sustainability: Core value or marketability?”, Sarah Swenson, Environmental Manager, PrimeAsia Leather Company.
  • “Why leather traceability is imperative”, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Stefan Seidel, Puma.
  • "Supply chain mapping", James Bell, Sustainability Lead, BLC Leather Technology Centre.
  • "Advances in Technology for reducing the environmental footprint of each step in the leather manufacturing process", Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability, Stahl.
  • "Animal welfare - Best practice and global challenges", Dr Phil Hadley, Head of Global Supply Chain Development, Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board.

Now that the full speaker programme and topics are confirmed please register now to secure your place. Last year's conference was sold out and we expect another full attendance this year.

The conference will take place during the afternoon of Thursday November 17, 2016, 12-5.30pm at the newly built Leathersellers' Livery Hall, The Leathersellers' Company, 7 St Helen's Place, Bishopsgate, in the city of London.

Delegate fees are £295 + VAT per delegate (discounts available for more than one delegate) and lunch and refreshments are included.

The event is lead sponsored by Stahl and Lonza are the lunch sponsor.

For more information about the conference please contact Deborah Taylor by email: or call +44(0)1604 679940. 

Click here to sign up and register to attend the event.

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