ILM and BLC Leather Technology Centre have teamed-up once again following a successful conference in 2015 to organise the second “Leather and Sustainability in Retail” conference in London. The conference is aimed at bringing the latest environmental sustainability and best practices in the leather supply chain to leather oriented brands and retailers.   

Michael Costello of Stahl will discuss these new technologies which are designed specifically to allow the tanners to reduce their environmental footprint at each step in the process, whether it be via improved water effluent COD/BOD levels, biodegradable products, reduced water consumption, reduced weight, compliance to MRSLs and the use of renewable plant-based raw materials.  The chemical industry is investing much of its research into these technologies.

Other topics on the agenda will include:

  • Breakthrough traceability technology presented by Applied DNA Sciences.
  • Kering, a world leader in luxury apparel and accessories with sport and lifestyle activities, will present its sustainability program, featuring its sports brand, PUMA. 
  • A presentation on ‘Animal Welfare Best Practice & Global Challenges’ from Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board.
  • James Bell, Sustainability lead at BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd will deliver a presentation on Supply Chain Mapping.
  • Sarah Swenson of leading global footwear upper and leather goods tanners, PrimeAsia will also outline the company’s industry leading environmental policies.

Click here to view the full conference programme.

We will be bringing you more information on the speakers and 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 refurbished 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 Lonza.

For more information about the , 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.