Titled ‘Introduction to Responsible Leather and Credit Trading’, Gillespie will outline how this new trading mechanism works and look at the opportunities and challenges it presents.

Textile Exchange is a global NGO that has been driving sustainability in the textile industry for the past 15 years and founded the Responsible Leather Round Table to address the sustainability issues that exist along the cattle/leather supply chain. The goal is to use market forces to drive change where it is needed. A key challenge has been to connect brand buyers of leather back to the original sources of the hides: the farms. Given the length and complexity of the supply chain, full traceability is not the most immediate scaleable option, so Responsible Leather has been working on credit trading as means for brands to efficiently deliver support to farms that are following best practices in land management, animal welfare and other areas.

About Anne Gillespie

As Director of Industry Integrity for Textile Exchange, Gillespie is responsible for all of Textile Exchange standards. She has led the development of the Organic Content Standard, the Recycled Claim Standard, the Global Recycled Standard, the Responsible Wool Standard and the Responsible Down Standard. She is currently leading the work on Responsible Leather, Responsible Cashmere and the development of a credit trading system. She has over 15 years of experience working within retail, including ten years as a Product Manager at Mountain Equipment Co-op where she converted the Company’s cotton program to organic. She was a co-founder of Continuum Textiles, a sales agency for sustainable textile supply chains, and was the principle of Agility Consulting, helping companies from all parts of the supply chain and the world to address sustainability issues in their supply chains.

Register and attend the webinar for free
To listen to Anne Gillespie and two other keynote presenters from Stahl and JBS Couros, please click here and register (subject to approval) for the free-to-attend ILM ‘Traceability in the Leather Supply Chain – Part III’ webinar.

Sponsored by Stahl and in association with theSauerReport, the webinar is open to any company or professional individual connected to the leather supply chain and traceability.