Following the Global Leather Coordinating Committee (GLCC) meeting held in Shanghai in September 2016, Lanxess confirms its commitment to better engage brands and other stakeholders in the industry to support leather as a valued material by using its upcoming seminar to be held on January 12-13, 2017, in Cologne, Germany, as an opportunity to demonstrate a unified and clear message of the leather industry.

75 industry representatives, of which several are from leading brands, have already confirmed their presence. During the two-day event, Georg Dieners, General Manager, OEKOTEX, will launch the new OEKOTEX Leather Standard, a new certification for leather goods that have been tested for harmful substances from January 2017. Read more here.

The two-day conference will also host discussions on the perception and reality of the leather industry, and the good initiatives carried out to improve sustainability, with input from the audience.

During its meeting in September, the GLCC, which is comprised of representatives from the International Council of Tanners (ICT), the International Council of Hide, Skins and Leather Traders Associations (ICHSLTA), and the International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies (IULTCS), discussed the demands from consumers, leather users and brands on traceability, environmental standards and chemical management. As reported by ILM, it was agreed that the whole leather industry must improve in providing the necessary resources to educate brands, consumers and the general public about the qualities and benefits of leather.