Twelve representatives from the International Council of Tanners (ICT), the International Council of Hides, Skins and Leather Traders Associations (ICHSLTA), and the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS), were present at the meeting whose agenda included ongoing topics of common interest to the trade and ways to increase the profile of leather in the global marketplace.

Demands from consumers and leather users, or brands, on increased traceability, environmental standards and chemical management were the main topics discussed. The group agreed that the whole leather industry must improve in providing the necessary resources to educate brands, consumers and the general public about these, and other, important issues.

During the meeting it was decided that ICT, ICHSLTA and IULTCS will work together to compile statements and information in order to educate, reassure and respond to brands’ and consumers’ queries related to leather production globally. Once gathered, the information will be readily available, and easily accessible, on internet for anyone seeking accurate information about the industry. The aim is to become a resource for the public regarding sourcing or production practices of the leather industry globally.

Other topics considered at the GLCC included the EU’s pilot Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCRs) for leather, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations’ Livestock Environmental and Assessment Project (LEAP), proposed hides and skins standards by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO), and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC).

The next GLCC meeting is to be organised by the ICT in 2017.