Scott Echols, Director of Technology at the ZDHC Foundation, will be discussing the latest developments of the project and presenting the Leather ‘Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL)’ which was launched at the BLC/ILM co-organised conference in London last December.    

To complement this presentation, Stefan Seidel, Head of Environmental Affairs, Puma, will focus on the new standards and benchmarks that are being developed by ZDHC for effluent discharge.

The ZDHC Foundation comprises the following signatory brands: Adidas Group, Benetton, Burberry, C&A, Esprit, F&F, G-Star Raw, Gap, H&M, Inditex, Jack Wolfskin, Levi Strauss, L Brands, Li Ning, M&S, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Nike, Primark, Puma and PVH Corp, as well as associate members: the Association of the German Sporting Goods Industry (BSI), European Outdoor Group (EOG), German Fashion Modeverband Deutschland, Jintex Group, PolyOne, Everlight Chemical, SIWI. Other topics on the agenda at the half-day (afternoon) conference include:

  • Cleaner chemical technologies for beamhouse processing
  • Upstream chemical management
  • Need and drivers for traceability
  • Transparency in the supply chain & raw material provenance
  • Individual hide, skin & split traceability systems

As you would expect from this annual conference, there promises to be an Agenda of influential and well respected speakers who will deliver thought-provoking and forward thinking presentations to engage and inspire for the future of the leather industry.

The conference will take place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (same location as the APLF), between 12-5pm. Delegate prices are US$385 (with discounts for BLC members/APLF Exhibitors/more than one delegate).

There are special discounts for APLF exhibitors and BLC members!  For more details and the special code please contact either Rachel Yan:, or Deborah Taylor before you sign up. Click here to register.