Given the emerging global reality of sustained volatility and rapid change, the need for robust supply chain mapping is even more critical. However, many global supply networks are poorly equipped to respond to such challenges. 

Managing risk within complex global supply chains is challenging. Intelligent supply chain mapping can be used to enhance traceability of issues such as deforestation, animal welfare management, modern slavery and social risks, provenance of sourcing and manufacturing and chemical management. Failure to adequately address supply chain threats could leave companies exposed to undue risk and scrutiny.

James Bell, BLC’s sustainability lead, will be discussing his research in this area and how companies can address the increasing scrutiny through intelligent supply chain mapping.

Other speakers and topics on the agenda include:

  • Breakthrough in 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. 
  • Advances in technology for reducing the environmental footprint of each step in the leather manufacturing process will be presented by Michael Costello of global leather chemical maker, Stahl.
  • Sarah Swenson, PrimeAsia, Sustainability – Core value or marketability?
  • Dr Phil Hadley, Head of Global Supply Chain Development at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, UK, will address animal welfare best practice.

We will be bringing 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

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