Leather and Sustainability in Retail Conference 2016

Following the success of last year’s conference, BLC 
Leather Technology Centre Ltd and International Leather Maker (ILM) are pleased to announce the date of this year’s half-day conference which will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the prestigious and newly built, Leathersellers’ Livery Hall in the City of London.

With environmental sustainability still at the heart of any successful business, the theme of this year’s conference will again be focused on building a sustainable value chain for the leather industry. A key requirement for all retailers and brands is upstream supply chain transparency.

We have put together an exciting line-up of international industry leading specialists, including major brands and/or retailers, tanners, leather supply chain suppliers (machinery/chemicals) and organisations representing the most up-to-date developments across a range of topical subjects.

Registration is now open. Click here to register to attend or please email Deborah Taylor at: deborah@blcleathertech.com

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities please contact Maria Wallace at: maria@internationalleathermaker.com

Final conference programme:

12.00 – 12.30: Registration – Tea/coffee + lunch bag

12.30: Animal welfare best practice & global challenges.

Phil Hadley, Head of Global Supply Chain Development, Agriculture & Horticulture  Development Board

13.00: Supply chain mapping.

James Bell, Sustainability Leader, BLC Leather Technology Centre

13.40: Sustainability: Core value or marketability?

Sarah Swenson, Environment Manager, PrimeAsia Leather Company

14.20: Sustainability strategy with a focus on chemical management: A positive example of supply chain collaboration.

Chiara Morelli, Environmental P&L Director, Kering Group

15.00 – 15.30: Coffee break/networking session.

15.30: Advances in technology for reducing the environmental footprint of each step in the leather manufacturing process.          

Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability, Stahl

16.10: Why traceability is imperative.

Stefan Seidel, Head of Corporate Sustainability, PUMA         

16.50: DNA labelling - The smart way to follow materials through the supply chain. 

Dr Jo Greenwood, Technical Director EMEA, Applied DNA Sciences                                                                                                          

17.30: Conference wrap-up and close.

Further information:

Location: Leathersellers’ Livery Hall, London, UK

Date: Afternoon of Thursday, November 17 2016

Registration: 12.00 – 12.30 

Conference: 12.30 – 5.35pm (30 min coffee/networking break).

Cost: The price to attend the conference (per delegate) is £295 / €415 plus any applicable taxes and fees.



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