Monday, September 12, 2022

8.15 am – Welcome of the attendees and breakfast

8.45 am - Introduction

  • Conseil National du Cuir (CNC) : Frank Boehly - President

  • Julien Denormandie - Former French Minister of Agriculture and Food (2020-2022)

  • Paris Good Fashion/La Dame à la Licorne : Sylvie Bénard - President

9.30 am - Opening speech - Another look at growth

  • Prophil : Geneviève Ferone Creuzet - Partner

- Questions from the audience

10.00 am - Session 1 - Keynote speech and Round table - How can the leather chemistry industry contribute to innovation and the development of CSR in the sector?

The use of high-performance chemical products is an essential condition for a successful tanning process. The substances used are constantly evolving as a result of innovation and regulatory constraints but also ecological pressure and the need for transparency.

How can leather chemistry companies address CSR? Does their approach correspond to the demands of the downstream markets such as fashion, luxury or the automobile industry? In particular, how can they ensure the compliance of their substances with international regulations and what transparency can they provide with regards to life cycle analysis?

What innovations are being proposed to the market and how do they add value in terms of CSR? What is their impact on the environment? What are the positive effects for leather production and finished products?

Chemical industry professionals who have invested in CSR will present their achievements and projects for the future.

  • SILVATEAM : Antonio Battaglia - Director of the Leather Business Unit and Business Development division
  • ATC : Pierre-Antoine Gualino - Managing Director 
  • CTC : Thierry Poncet - Industrial Expertise and Sustainable Development Director
  • SCRD : René Liauzon - Deputy R&D Director and Manager of the application laboratory
  • Stahl : Michael Costello - ESG Director

- Questions from the audience

11.00 am – Coffee break

11.30 am - Keynote 1 - Driving transformational change in the global leather industry

  • Leather Working group (LWG) : Christina Trautmann - Head of LWG
  • Leather Working group (LWG) : Vanessa Brain - Traceability Project Manager

- Questions from the audience

12.00 pm - Session 2 - Round table - Using leather in the automobile market: What are the issues?

The market for leather upholstery in automobiles represents around 10% of total leather usage and has some specific features. These mean that the value chain is quite different from other markets, notably with the use of skins coming from specific farms, the presence of tanneries with specialised techniques and, of course, clients with specifications driven by the purchasing practices in the automobile industry.

However, there are also the same social concerns such as animal welfare, traceability and the environmental issues around leather: carbon footprint, deforestation, use of chemical products, etc.

These topics are subject to value judgements that are more or less well-founded, or even inaccurate and based on specific standpoints. During this session, we will try and shed light on these matters with testimony from specialist companies and factual data.

  • Scottish Leather Group : Warren Bowden - Head of Sustainability & Innovation
  • Sourcemap : Juliette Barré - Sales Director
  • Royal Smit & Zoon : Florian Schrey - Account Director Brands & OEM
  • Kindermann Consulting : Andreas Kindermann - Automotive and Leather Industry Consultant

- Questions from the audience

1.00 pm – Lunch break

2.30 pm - Keynote 2 - ERAM Group: The Change for Good project

  • ERAM Group: Isabelle Desfontaines - Sustainable development director

3.00 pm - Session 3 - Keynote speech and Round table - How can raw materials other than leather be considered a sustainable development issue?

Clothing, fashion accessories, automobile upholstery all use leather but also other soft materials whose farming and/or manufacture, transformation and usage present environmental and social challenges that must be identified in order to manage their impact.

This essential analysis, which should thus enable the most responsible sourcing of materials, is often confronted by a lack of transparency, an absence of traceability, the unavailability of reliable data or truncated scientific analysis. The result is either irrelevant declarations or arbitrary choices in favour or against the use of a raw material.

The debate is vast but we will try and draw on the experience of certain experts and entrepreneurs to demonstrate that CSR-based approaches can help in understanding social issues and the decision-making process.

Interview with Arizona Muse - From field... to fashion

  • DIRT - Foundation for the Regeneration of Earth : Arizona Muse - Model and Founder

Round table

  • matériO' : Quentin Hirsinger - Founder
  • GOOD FABRIC : Nathalie Lebas-Vautier - Change Maker for Sustainable Fashion 
  • Confédération Européenne du Lin et du Chanvre : Julie Pariset - Innovation and CSR Director

- Questions from the audience

4.00 pm – Coffee break

4.30 pm – Keynote 3 - VEJA's leather: the project that comes from the Brazilian Pampas

  • VEJA : François-Ghislain Morillion - Co-founder
  • Estância Coxilha : Victor Wortmann - CEO
  • VEJA : Marlon Backes - Leather technician
  • Estâncias Gaúchas : Marcelo Fett Pinto - Agronomist engineer
  • VEJA : Ligia Zottin - Impact & Compliance Manager

- Questions from the audience 

5.10 pm - Session 4 - Traceability: solutions for developing CSR along the value chain

Consumers are looking for more information and want to identify responsible products. This has led the various players in the leather, footwear and leather goods sectors, and in fashion more generally, to enhance their transparency.

The question is asked along the entire value chain: where does the raw material or finished product come from, how was it made, in which factories, etc? Traceability has become a major issue in CSR, in order to demonstrate best practices with reliable information.

During this session, we will talk to experts who can offer traceability methods and solutions to improve transparency.

  • UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) : Maria Teresa Pisani - Economic Affairs Officer and Project Lead
  • Sustainable Leather Foundation : Deborah Taylor - Managing Director
  • CTC : Cédric Vigier - Technological Innovation Director

- Questions from the audience

6.00 pm - Closing Address

  • Olivia Grégoire - Minister Delegate for Small and Medium Enterprises, Trade, Crafts and Tourism, attached to the Ministry of Economy, Finance, and Industrial and Digital Sovereignty
  • Conseil National du Cuir (CNC) : Frank Boehly - Président

6.15 pm - Cocktail