Join Eurofins|BLC, ILM and leather industry professionals at this year’s Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018 on the afternoon of November 15 at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, UK. A key theme of the conference will include ‘sustainable raw materials’, and the event will touch on topics such as; innovation around raw materials for leather and the circular economy. This leather sustainability conference will also be considering new materials coming to market and look at transparency and traceability of production within existing processes.


Who should attend this leather sustainability conference? 

Professionals connected with the leather supply chain including brands and retailers that use or sell leather products with a focus on reducing the environmental impact of leather and leather making. The half-day conference will focus on sustainability and what leather specifiers, technical staff and buyers related to leather need to know.

Final speaker and panel discussion programme:

  • Delegate registration 12.15-12.45pm
  • Conference welcome and introduction
  • Martin Ricker, Content Director, theSauerReport & ILM: “Why now is a perfect time to source sustainable leather”
  • Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability, Stahl: “How Generation-Z students view sustainability, leather and the footwear market”
  • Susan Schofer, Vice President Business Development, Modern Meadow: “How biofabricated materials can be applied to the leather sector.”
  • Phil Townsend, Sustainable Raw Materials Specialist, Marks & Spencer: “M&S – our journey towards sourcing more sustainable raw materials.”
  • Robert Perkins, Group Managing Director, Hotter: “Supply chain rationalisation, traceability and benefits.”
  • Networking coffee break 15.00-15.30
  • Peter Hughes, Sustainability Lead, BLC | Eurofins: “Are vegan alternatives to leather sustainable?”
  • Frank Michel, Executive Director, ZDHC: “Innovations in sustainable chemical management”
  • Georgina Mawer, Compliance Lead & Chem-Map Technical Manager, BLC | Eurofins: “Chem-MAP: Chemical verification systems for the entire supply chain.”
  • Ask the Panel: A panel discussion will follow the presentations, where delegates can ask questions and discuss views on sustainable raw materials, innovations and challenges facing the leather industry as well as the commercial viability of new innovations. Delegates can also ask brands and retailers how they are dealing with this changing landscape.

The panel is as follows:

  • Robert Perkins, Group Managing Director, Hotter
  • Frank Michel, Executive Director, ZDHC
  • Debbie Burton, Director of Marketing, Pittards representing Leather Naturally
  • Phil Townsend, Sustainable Raw Materials Specialist, Marks & Spencer
  • Susan Schofer, Vice President Business Development, Modern Meadow

Delegate fees and timings:

Delegate price (per person): £320 / €360 / $420

Registration to attend this interesting event is now open. Click on this link to be taken to the online event registration page. The half-day conference will take place between 12.15 – 17.30.