Sarah Swenson, Environmental Manager at leading global tanners, PrimeAsia Leather Company will be speaking at the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2016 to discuss the internal and external pressures towards continuous sustainable improvement in PrimeAsia’s tanneries. The company is headquartered in the U.S. but has operations in China, Taiwan, Vietnam and Indonesia.

Does sustainability reflect internal values and/or create positive business opportunities?  Swenson will be presenting PrimeAsia’s perspective on this thought provoking topic.

Other speakers and topics on the agenda include:

  • Chiara Morelli, Environmental P&L Director at Kering, will present the luxury brand’s sustainability program.
  • Stefan Seidel, Head of Corporate Sustainability at PUMA, Kering’s sportswear brand, will present “Why Traceability is a Necessity”.
  • “Supply Chain Mapping” by James Bell, BLC’s Sustainability Lead.
  • “Breakthrough in Traceability Technology” by Applied DNA Sciences.
  • “Advances in Technology for Reducing the Environmental Footprint of each step in the Leather Manufacturing Process” by Michael Costello of Stahl, the lead Sponsor for the conference.
  • “Animal Welfare Best Practice and Global Challenges” by Dr Phil Hadley, Head of Global Supply Chain Development, at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board.

ILM will bring you more information on the speaker topics in the coming weeks but make sure you register now to secure your place. Last year’s conference was sold out and we expect another full attendance this year.

The conference will take place during the afternoon of Thursday November 17, 2016, 12-5.30pm at the newly built Leathersellers’ Livery Hall, The Leathersellers’ Company, 7 St Helen’s Place, Bishopsgate, in the city of London.

Delegate fees are £295 + VAT per delegate (discounts available for more than one delegate) and lunch and refreshments are included.

The event is lead sponsored by Stahl and sponsored by Lonza.

For more information about the conference please contact Deborah Taylor by email: or call +44(0)1604 679940. 

If you are interested in sponsorship please contact Maria Wallace at

Click here to sign up and register to attend the event.