Edition 2020

Monday, September 14th, 2020

9 am - Welcome & Breakfast

9.30 am - Opening speech

10 am - Keynote speech

10.30 am - Session 1 - CSR and Risk Management in the leather industry

We will open the Forum with a session on the safety of finished goods in the leather, footwear, leather goods and glove-making sectors.

At a time when customers are questioning the safety of consumer goods, what responses are being provided by the authorities? What regulations help to ensure consumer safety in the French, European, American and Chinese markets?

Looking beyond the measures taken by institutional players, the sector and international organisations are supporting these efforts with complementary initiatives that are currently being implemented.

11.40 am - Session 2 - Raw Hides & 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.

12.40 pm - Keynote speech

1 pm - Buffet lunch

2.05 pm - Keynote speech

2.35 pm - Session 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.

3.55 pm - Session 4 - Labels & corporate social responsability

Labels will be the topic of the fourth session. Regulations and professional best practices, as presented in earlier sessions, must sometimes be underpinned by labels awarded by independent, external organisations.

These labels may cover a global approach to responsible management, or they can certify a technical and professional work method.

4.45 pm - Session 5 - Training, savoir-faire, regional attractiveness, 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!

5.45 pm - Closing Address

5.55 pm - Cocktail