More detailed information will be presented on these topics at the upcoming Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017. Industry leading speakers will discuss the latest MRSL compliance and verification system, Chem-MAP; the importance of transparency and traceability in supply chains; waste water compliance and the potential negative impact of chemistry in waste water and water courses. 

Where and when? 
This year’s half-day conference will take place at One Great George Street, central London on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Places are filling up fast so don’t forget to register to attend by filling out the registration form or by emailing Deborah Taylor; or call +44 (0)1604 679 999. 
Co-organised by BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd (BLC) and International Leather Maker (ILM), the conference is sponsored by Stahl, Smit & zoon and TFL, and is supported by Lonza. 

The full conference agenda 
This year’s recently confirmed conference agenda incorporates exciting and forward-thinking leather sustainability topics: 

12.15 Registration Tea/Coffee 

12.45 Opening Remarks 

13.00 NEXT on Modern Slavery – The Importance of Transparency 
Chris Grayer, Next Holdings Ltd 

13.30 Modern Slavery Act Update 
Speaker to be confirmed 

14.00 Full Traceability in Cattle Supply Chains, New Opportunities in Brazil. 
Simon Hall, National Wildlife Federation

14.30 Product Passport – Transparency in Chemistry 
Pim Wilgenburg, Smit & zoon 

15.00 Coffee break 

15.30 Cleaning up the Ganges: A Public Private Partnership for the Kanpur leather cluster 
Michael Costello, Stahl 

16.00 ZDHC: The Implementation Experience 
Frank Michel, ZDHC 

16.30 Introducing ChemMAP – a new system to verify upstream chemical formulations 
Peter Gregory, Vert-Tex 

17.00 Open Panel Discussion – “Sustainability: The Big Picture” 
Panel Members: 
Dr. Jürgen Christner, TFL 
Hugues Pichon, LVMH 
Phil Townsend, Marks & Spencer 
Tara Luckman, ASOS 
Michelle Linderman, Crowell & Moring 

17.30 Close