Sustainable Leather Forum to discuss CSR and best practice

France
Published:  19 July, 2019

The first Sustainable Leather Forum, hosted by the French Leather Council (CNC), will be held on September 16 at Maison de la FNTP in Paris and will bring together a raft of expert speakers from across the global leather industry to discuss and showcase best practices in the leather sector in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from a social, environmental and economic perspective.

Topics to be discussed at the event include consumers of fashion and luxury goods moving towards CSR; CSR - from farming to finished leathers; manufacturing, sourcing, distribution and CSR in footwear; and the sustainable approach in the leather goods sector.

The line-up of high-profile speakers includes:

Christelle Capdupuy, Global Sustainable Development Director, Louis Vuitton

Christelle Capdupuy has ten years of experience in sustainable development strategies in different sectors, including climate resilience, biodiversity and circular economy approaches and social responsibility. She is committed to structuring and implementing sustainable development strategies that make a positive contribution to business, the planet and people.

Marie-Claire Daveu, Global Sustainable Development Director, Kering

Marie-Claire Daveu was appointed Kering’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs in 2012. She is responsible for the continued development of Kering’s sustainability strategy and the direction of the Group’s institutional affairs. She joined Kering from the public sector where she served as Chief of Staff to French politician Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, within the Ministry of Ecology and other areas from 2007 to 2012. She was previously technical adviser to the cabinet of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin and principal Private Secretary to Serge Lepeltier, Minister of Ecology and Sustainability.

Jennifer Schappert, Policy Advisor, Textile & Garment, Responsible Business Conduct Unit, OECD

Schappert leads the OECD’s work on responsible supply chains in the textile and garment sector.  She led the negotiation of the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector in 2017, which has been adopted by 48 governments and approved by business, trade unions and civil society. Following the launch of the Guidance, Schappert leads the OECD’s implementation programme to support a level playing field on environmental and human rights due diligence in the apparel sector by carrying out assessments of the alignment of industry and government-backed initiatives with OECD guidance, providing a Forum for government, business, trade unions and civil society to discuss the practical application of due diligence in a neutral environment, and engaging with governments on how policies can create an enabling environment for due diligence. Prior to the OECD, Schappert was a Manager at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR).  She has a background in international relations and development.

Jean-Christophe Muller, CEO, Tanneries Haas

After a PhD in Geochemistry from the University Louis Pasteur of Strasbourg, completed by a High-Tech formation, Muller joined Tanneries Haas in August 1990 alongside his father Roland Muller (CEO of Haas tanneries until 2001) and has been managing the tannery for the past 18 years.

The family business has tripled its sales and production in recent years and has become an influential player within the veal industry. The Company carries out its development working on CSR topics such as traceability, knowledge, the improvement and control of the upstream industry, but also the safety and improvement of processes on topics such as chrome-free leathers.