This year’s Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference will take place during the afternoon of November 15 at One Great George Street, Westminster, London, UK.

The ZDHC Foundation oversees implementation of the Roadmap to Zero Programme and is a global industry collaboration of currently 111 contributors (25 brands, 70 value chain affiliates, and 16 associates) within the sports, fashion, luxury and outdoor industry.

Dr Raab’s presentation titled; “Collective approaches to scalable innovations in the leather industry”, will showcase how collaborative efforts on sustainable chemical management can accelerate and scale innovations in leather supply chains. The speaker will also introduce and call for action on innovation projects in the leather industry that help reduce the environmental footprint. These will relate to chemical product innovation for circularity; water efficiency and water recycling in tanning processes, as well as treatment and reduction of air emissions from tannery sites.

Dr Christina Raab, Implementation Director ZDHC

With over a decade of experience in managing sustainability in leadership positions at non-profit and consultancy organisations, partly in the apparel and footwear industry, Christina Raab holds overall responsibility for ZDHC’s implementation activities. This includes oversight of the ZDHC Academy as well as establishing new collaboration and partnership models. Her role also foresees business and grant development to support further growth of the organisation.

The vision of ZDHC is the widespread implementation of sustainable chemistry, driving innovations and best practices in the textile, apparel, leather and footwear industries to protect consumers, workers and the environment. ZDHC stands for Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals.

About the conference

Jointly co-organised by ILM and Eurofins|BLC, the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018 is predicted to be a popular event with attendees from across the leather industry. 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, uses for waste materials within the leather value chain and circular economy. This year’s conference will also be considering new materials coming to market and look at transparency and traceability of production within existing processes. Stahl are the lead sponsors of the event.

Delegates will include brands, retailers and leather manufacturers from around the world, and they will have the opportunity to ask questions at the event.

For further information about the conference click here and to register to attend please click here. Alternatively, contact or call +44 (0)1604 679 999. 

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