2020 Edition

A visual round-up of the 2nd Sustainable Leather Forum

Opening of the Sustainable Leather Forum on September 14th, 2020


  • Frank Boehly, President of the Conseil National du Cuir
  • Alain Griset, Minister Delegate for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises at the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and the Recovery
  • Paola Migliorini, Deputy head of unit in DG Environment at the European Commission
  • Carole Couvert, Vice-President of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council

Keynote Speech


  • Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs at Kering

1st Session

Round table 1 - CSR and Risk Management in the leather industry

The coronavirus crisis caught all economic actors by surprise and companies are now suffering the consequences. Can a risk management approach assist us in anticipating and better managing crisis situations?

Among the many risks facing businesses, we will focus on globalised sourcing and consumers interested in the origin of products. How can supplier risk management tools and a responsible purchasing policy facilitate the securing of the supply chain?

The harmlessness of products is also a source of concern for consumers. How do the international regulations and standards help to build loyalty in the French, European, US or Chinese markets?


  • Siham Belhadj, Senior Manager at Mazars
  • Sylvain Guyoton, Senior Vice-President of Research of Eco-Vadis
  • Christel Schilliger-Musset, Director Hazard Assessment at the European Chemical Agency (ECHA)
  • Régis Lety, Manager of the Sustainable Development Department at CTC

2nd Session

Round table 2 - Raw hides and leather - innovation and best practices in Europe

The second session will focus on innovation and best practices in the raw hide and tannery sectors.

Best practices, from farming to leather production, are not the exclusive preserve of progressive companies.

They have become very widespread in recent years, notably in Europe, thanks to the results of rigorous, well-documented work by professionals, their representatives or by specialist research organisations.


  • Luc Mounier, Professor of animal well-being and Coordinator of the well-being chair at VetAgro Sup
  • Christophe Dehard, Fifth quarter manager for Groupe SVA and President of the Syndical Général des Cuirs et Peaux (French raw hides association)
  • Philippe Alfonsi, CEO of Groupe Saturne - Maisons Fortier et Masure
  • Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano, Secretary General of COTANCE
  • Wolfram Scholz, Chairman of the Board and Company Director of W20 Environment Ltd

Keynote Speech


  • Nicole Notat, Chair of the Board at Vigeo Eiris

3rd Session

Round table 3 - The circular economy in Footwear & Leather goods

The circular economy in the footwear and leather goods sectors will be the theme of the third session.

This concept is becoming decisive in industries that consume large quantities of raw materials. It is particularly true in the footwear and leather goods sectors, which mainly work with leather because of its essential qualities of durability, maintenance and reparability.

We will explore how to move from theory to practice, how to implement a circular economy from the design to the commercialisation of a product.


  • Anne Benady, Environment & Circular Economy Manager at AFNOR Group
  • Thierry Oriez, President of J.M.Weston
  • Jean-Olivier Michaux, Industrial Manager at Groupe Eram and Deputy General Manager at La Manufacture 49
  • Clara Chappaz, Chief of Growth Officer at Vestiaire Collective
  • Alexandre Rousseau, Creator and manager of the brand Bleu de Chauffe

Keynote Speech


  • Alexandre Capelli, LVMH Group Environment Senior Manager


  • Emmanuel Pommier, Managing Director of the Hermès Artisanal Leather goods and saddlery section
  • Vincent Vaillant, Chief of Human Ressources Office of Hermès Artisanal Leather goods and saddlery section

4th Session

Round table 4 - Training, savoir-faire, regions atractiveness, CSR challenges for the sector

We will conclude our work with mention of CSR, a subject of great importance to the sector, focusing on training, expertise, local regions and their attractiveness.

Ancestral professions, such as leather production or shoemaking, have retained close ties to the regions where they developed.

Regional expertise and specific know-how have been forged there. How can they be preserved and promoted while maintaining these links to their local regions?

And also, very importantly, how can this know-how be transmitted to new generations who may not always be attracted to so-called “traditional” professions, despite the fact that our professions allow us to address fascinating and contemporary themes such as fashion, design, sport, technology as well as international affairs and of course, sustainable development!


  • Florence Rambaud, Director of the Institut des Métiers d'Excellence (LVMH)
  • Thierry Voisin, - Thierry Voisin, Director in charge of Expertise Management at CTC
  • Laurent Duray, CEO of Lim Group
  • Solène Dailloux, Student and representative of the collective "Pour un réveil écologique"
  • Andrée-Anne Lemieux, Director of the Chair Sustainability IFM-Kering

Closing speech with the Minister of State Olivia Grégoire


  • Frank Boehly, President of the Conseil National du Cuir
  • Olivia Grégoire, Minister of State for the Social, Inclusive and Responsible Econnomy at the Ministry of the Economy, Finance and the Recovery