Following on from the first webinar on traceability in the leather supply chain that ILM presented in June 2017, we have returned to this important topic once again.

Event info at a glance

When: June 20, 2018.
Time: 4pm (Central European time). 3pm UK time.
Duration: 40-50 minutes
Cost: Free to attend (participation subject to approval)

ILM will present three short, but very interesting and topical presentations, from three industry leading experts in their field in its next webinar which will be broadcast on Wednesday 20 June at 4 pm (Central European time). 3pm UK time. To register for FREE, please click here.
All the presentations are very different from one another but they all fit within the general theme of the webinar and cover some of the valuable work that the global leather industry is doing to ensure that it is as open and transparent as it can be. In this webinar there will be a particular focus on animal welfare, leather’s Life Cycle Assessment methodology, and how brands and retailers can trace their leather supply chain materials and build trust with consumers.

The webinar is free, following registration, and will last approximately 40-50 minutes.

Webinar speaker programme

Introduction by Moderator: Martin Ricker, Content Director, International Leather Maker (ILM) and

First presenter: Lora Wright, Director – Animal Well-Being, Sustainability, Tyson Foods.
“Animal Well-Being in the Beef Industry.”

Second presenter: Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability, Stahl.
“Life Cycle Assessment Methodology applied to leather manufacturing.”

Third presenter: John Graebin, Senior Director of Materials, Deckers Brands.
“Building Consumer Trust through Supply Chain Transparency.”

Q&A session

The presentations will be followed by a short moderated question and answer session with each of the presenters.

How do I register to attend?

Follow this link to register your participation. Participation is subject to approval.

What is traceability in the leather supply chain?

High Street retailers and major brands are facing ever increasing demands from consumers and NGO’s about where products come from and what conditions they are manufactured under. Brands and retailers, especially in the high-end luxury segment, face serious problems with fake counterfeit products and need to make sure that any leather products made from exotic species meet CITES rules.
In recent year’s human rights and environmental NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organisations) as well as animal welfare campaign groups have attacked the leather industry for perceived violations in working conditions, environmental controls and its association with poor animal welfare practices.
To counter these threats and to show greater transparency in the leather supply chain responsible leather makers, brands and retailers have sought to introduce traceability into their supply chains.

Further reading on the topic can be found here.

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