2021 Edition

 

A visual round-up of the 3rd Sustainable Leather Forum

Opening of the Sustainable Leather Forum on September 13th, 2021

Speakers

  • Agnès Pannier-Runacher,

    Ministry of Economy, Finance and Recovery - Minister Delegate for Industry

  • Frank Boehly, Conseil National du Cuir - President
  • Hélène Valade, LVMH - Environment Development Group Director

Keynote Speech

Speakers

  • Hélène Valade, LVMH - Environment Development Group Director

Towards an even more sustainable creative ecosystem

  • Guillaume de Seynes, French Strategic Committee of Fashion and Luxury (CSF) - President

Session 1 - Keynote Speech

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about leather : vegan movement, animal welfare

What is the origin of the vegan movement ? What is its philosophy and how does it influence public opinion and consumers?

How does animal welfare play a role in animal husbandry and consequently in the leather sector? And in particular how does it affect the quality of the material?

These topics are now recurrent in the press and in the media where they are often presented as arguments against the advantages of leather or even its use.

Speaker

  • Eric Denécé, French Intelligence Research Center (CF2R) - Director

Session 1 - Round table 1

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about leather : vegan movement, animal welfare

What is the origin of the vegan movement ? What is its philosophy and how does it influence public opinion and consumers?

How does animal welfare play a role in animal husbandry and consequently in the leather sector? And in particular how does it affect the quality of the material?

These topics are now recurrent in the press and in the media where they are often presented as arguments against the advantages of leather or even its use

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Intervenants

  • Eric Denécé, French Intelligence Research Center (CF2R) - Director
  • Jean-Luc Angot, National Slaughterhouses Ethics Committee (CNEAb) - Chairperson and Veterinary Public Health General Inspector
  • Ywan Penvern, Deloitte Sustainability France - Partner

Session 2 - Keynote Speech

How does deforestation of the planet concern the leather sector? What are the controversies around the life cycle analysis of leather and how does one assess its carbon footprint? What are the options?

These issues are the subject of little or no documented or even inaccurate evidence or value judgments based on bias.

Speaker

  • Mauricio Bauer, WWF (US) - Senior Director for Beef and Leather Supply Chains

Session 2 - Round table 2

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about leather: deforestation, carbon footprint and leather life cycle analysis

How does deforestation of the planet concern the leather sector? What are the controversies around the life cycle analysis of leather and how does one assess its carbon footprint? What are the options?

These issues are the subject of little or no documented or even inaccurate evidence or value judgments based on bias.

Speakers

  • Mauricio Bauer, WWF (US) - Senior Director for Beef and Leather Supply Chains
  • Régis Léty, CTC - Manager of the Sustainable Development Department
  • Christina Trautmann, Leather Working Group (LWG) - Operations Manager

Session 3 - Round table 3

Responsible production and sourcing in sports and leisure markets

In 2019 France imported 480 million pairs of shoes, how can brands and importers set up a responsible sourcing that takes into account in particular societal issues?

Alongside the fashion and luxury markets that are frequently mentioned and well known for their approach to sustainable development, The sports and leisure goods market is highly valued by young audiences and now accounts for a growing share of footwear consumption, including for everyday use.

The players in these markets have been involved for many years in the Corporate Social Responsibility approach, which corresponds particularly well to the values represented by sports and the ethical expectations of their customers.

Speakers

  • Mickaël Royer, Royer Group - Vice-President
  • Marie-Laure Piednoir, SALOMON - Sustainability Manager
  • Pauline Ranger, TBS (Groupe Eram) - Footwear product manager
  • Patrick Mainguéné, Insoft (Ector) - Designer and founder

Keynote Speech

Speaker

  • Bettina Laville, Comité 21 - President

Keynote Speech

Leather, its synthetic and trendy alternatives: a comparison of their technical performance.

  • Dr. Michael Meyer, FILK Freiberg Institute - General Manager and Scientific Director

Session 4 - Round table 4

Communication with stakeholders, transparency and consumer information

The expectations of consumers for more information during their purchases and to identify more responsible products, have led the different players in leather, footwear and leather goods to evolve towards more transparency. As a result, today consumers are guided in their purchasing decision

Information flows in many forms, especially when the profession conducts direct communication campaigns to the public with organizations dedicated to the promotion of leather and its uses.

Information can also come from the involvement of distributors to select more sustainable collections, but also from the emergence of fashion influencers or the development of dedicated mobile apps.

Speakers

  • Egbert Dikkers, Leather Naturally - President
  • Daniela Liebetegger, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Senior Consultant, Consumer Information and Eco-Labels
  • Damien Pellé, Galeries Lafayette et BHV Marais - Sustainable Development Manager
  • Rym Trabelsi, Clear Fashion - Co-founder
  • Olivia Polski, Paris Town Hall - Deputy mayor of Paris in charge of trade, craftsmanship, independent professionals and the arts and fashion professions

Closing Address

Speakers

  • Frank Boehly, Conseil National du Cuir - President
  • Olivia Grégoire, Ministry of the Economy, Finance and the Recovery -   State Secretary in charge of the Social, Solidarity and Responsible Economy