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Yoann Regent, Biodiversity and Animal Welfare Specialist at global luxury group Kering, is the final presenter in the upcoming free-to-attend ILM webinar ‘How the leather industry can use science and data to improve its image’, organised by ILM in association with theSauerReport and sponsored by JBS Couros. The webinar will be broadcast on May 27, 2021 at 2pm UK time (3pm CET). Click here to sign up, subject to approved registration.
Regent’s presentation will focus on Kering’s Environmental Profit & Loss (EP&L) account, a key enabler of the Group’s sustainable business model and one which it is keen to share with its peers in the luxury industry and other sectors. The innovative tool helps gauge the company’s environmental footprint, guides its decision-making process and measures and quantifies the environmental impact of its activities. Thanks to this tool, Kering has identified that most of its impact is happening upstream in the places and landscapes where raw material extraction happens, such as cattle farms, when considering leather.
Through its use of agricultural raw materials, the fashion industry and its supply chains can be linked to the degradation of soil, conversion of natural ecosystems and biodiversity loss. However, by engaging with supply chain players and implementing practices upstream such as regenerative agriculture, fashion can contribute to reverse this environmental degradation, including restoring healthy soil, which removes CO2 from the atmosphere and acts as a carbon sink for mitigating climate change. As such, Kering aims to promote and support the regenerative production of raw materials in its leather supply chain by focusing on its key sourcing regions and working together with experts to support farmers pursuing and demonstrating positive ecological outcomes on their land. Furthermore, this will offer a pathway towards more restorative and regenerative practices for other companies to follow and can be incorporated in fashion and Luxury’s supply chains more broadly and work to turn around the negative perception of raw materials such as leather.
About the presenter
Yoann Regent has worked as Biodiversity and Animal Welfare Specialist in the Kering Sustainability Programs Team since May 2019. He works closely with the Kering Luxury Houses to build raw material supply chains (leather, precious skins, fibres, etc.) that meet the highest standards in terms of biodiversity conservation and respect for animal welfare, through the implementation of innovative projects, continuous improvement programs with suppliers or internal training and collaboration with operational teams. As an expert on these subjects, he is also in charge of engaging with external stakeholders who are specialists on the subject, whether they be the scientific community, NGOs or coalitions of business stakeholders.
Prior to his current position, he held roles in the Sustainability Department of the IKEA Group in Sweden and France, focusing on topics such as sustainable sourcing, renewable energy and circular economy. Before that, he worked in the energy sector at Vestas (a leader in wind energy) and in sustainability consulting at EPEA (founder of the cradle-to-cradle design concept).
Regent holds a degree in Industrial Ecology from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm.
Who should watch this webinar?
This webinar is aimed at the whole leather supply chain from meat processors and traders to leather manufacturers and leather using brands, retailers and OEMs.
Webinar speaker programme:
• First presentation: Dr Sascha Dietrich, Director of the Testing Laboratory, and Dr Michael Meyer, Scientific Director and Managing Director, FILK technical institute in Freiberg, Germany, “Leather versus alternative and trendy materials”
• Second presentation: Kim Sena, Sustainability Manager, JBS Couros, “Sharing key lessons from JBS' LCA of Kind Leather and how this will help to improve the image of leather”
• Third presentation: Yoann Regent, Biodiversity and Animal Welfare Specialist, Kering, “Environmental P+L and best practice”
The presentations will be followed by a brief Q&A session.
Date: Thursday, May 27, 2021
Time: 2pm (UK), 3pm CET
Duration: ca. 45 minutes.
Cost: Free-to-attend (participation subject to approval)
Click here to register for free.