The one-day conference took place at the Fenac Exhibition Centre and gathered hundreds of tanning industry professionals dedicated knowledge of environmental issues applied to the tanning industry.

The theme for this year’s CICB (Center for the Brazilian Tanning Industry) Forum was “Debating the Present in Order to Build the Future”.

Questions from the audience discussed relevant issues within the global market, such as access to raw material, environmental management, leadership and obstacles connected to legislation. Carlos Obregon (JBS Couros), Cezar Müller (A.P Müller), David Fernandes (Curtume Coming), Brigitte Wegner (BASF), Bill Amberg (Designer) and Guy Morgan (Sustainable Luxury Working Group) presented at the conference along with a contribution from the Master of Science in Futurology, Rosa Alegria.

A small exhibition of sustainable products and services was also presented during the Forum, which also saw the official launch of the Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB). The CSCB has been established to recognise environmental good practice in the Brazilian tanning industry.