ILM and BLC Leather Technology Centre are pleased to announce that Chiara Morelli, Environmental P&L Director, Kering Group and Stefan Seidel, Head of Corporate Sustainability, Puma will be among the keynote speakers at the upcoming Leather and Sustainability in Retail conference taking place in London later this month. The final conference programme and speakers are now confirmed.

In her presentation, Chiara Morelli will discuss the Group’s sustainability strategy with a focus on chemical management and the positive way that collaboration in the leather supply chain can have when improving sustainability.

Also addressing the conference, Stefan Seidel from the global sports brand, Puma will outline why traceability in the supply chain is important. His presentation compliments others on the agenda for the half-day event.

A global luxury group, Kering includes a number of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewellery and watches which includes: Gucci, Bottega Veneta, Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Brioni, Christopher Kane, McQ, Stella McCartney, Tomas Maier, Boucheron, Dodo, Girard-Perregaux, Pomellato, Qeelin and Ulysse Nardin. Kering is also developing the Sport & Lifestyle brands Puma, Volcom and Cobra. 

Other key speakers and topics at the conference include:

  • “Sustainability: Core value or marketability?”, Sarah Swenson, Environmental Manager, PrimeAsia Leather Company.
  • “Supply chain mapping” by James Bell, Sustainability Lead, BLC Leather Technology Centre.
  • “DNA labelling – The smart way to follow materials through the supply chain”, Dr Jo Greenwood, Technical Director EMEA, Applied DNA Sciences.
  • “Advances in Technology for Reducing the environmental footprint of each step in the leather manufacturing process” by Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability, Stahl.
  • “Animal welfare – Best practice and global challenges”, Dr Phil Hadley, Head of Global Supply Chain Development, at the Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board.

Now that the full speaker programme and topics are confirmed please 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. 

Click here to sign up and register to attend the event.