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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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Speakers

  • 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

Les Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD) sont considérés maintenant comme le cadre de référence de toute entreprise ou organisation.

Le Comité 21 est un acteur majeur de la promotion de cet outil, sa Présidente, Madame Bettina Laville, nous présente quelques thèmes d’actualité pour la filière.

Speaker

  • Bettina Laville, Comité 21 - President

Keynote Speech

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

Speaker

  • 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

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

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

Speakers

  • 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

Speaker

  • 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?

Speakers

  • 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.

Speakers

  • 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

Speaker

  • 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.

Speakers

  • 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

Speakers

  • 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!

Speakers

  • 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

Speakers

  • 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

A visual round-up of the 1st Sustainable Leather Forum

Introduction

Speakers

  • Frank Boehly, President - Conseil National du Cuir
  • Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Secretary of State - Ministry of Economy
  • Anna Athanasopoulou, Head of Unit Tourism, Emerging and Creative Industries; DG Internal Market, Industryn Entrepreneurship and SMEs - European Commission

Session 1

Actors in the fashion and luxury markets moving towards CSR

As a result of recent studies, the image of fashion as being a polluting industry has started to stick in the mind of customers.

How was this conclusion reached? What are the expectations of new consumers? Can fashion improve its image, reduce its use of resources, its impact on pollution and create new development opportunities?

Speakers

  • Edwige Rey, Partner for CSR and Sustainable Development - Mazars
     

 

  • Christelle Capdupuy, Global Sustainable Development Director - Louis Vuitton

Session 2

CSR, from farming to finished leathers

Leather and its production have an important, even a major role to play in certain markets for the footwear, leather goods and glove sectors. This is a very complex industrial activity that draws on a number of traditional skills as well as technological expertise.

How can we improve leather’s environmental performance, and its impact on society as a whole, from farming to tanning and finished leathers, taking into account the technical, ecological and economic challenges?

Speakers

  • Egbert Dikkers, Chairman - Leather Naturally

 

  • Rafael Andrade, Spokesperson and CEO of Wow Creative Solutions and Strategy - CSCB

 

  • Graham Webb, Chairman - Crocodile Specialist Group

Round table 1

Speakers

  • David Grangeré, Bigard - Director
  • Nicholas Butler, Covico – International Director
  • Jean-Christophe Muller, Tanneries Haas – Director General
  • Olivier Raynaud, Raynaud Jeune - Owner-manager
  • Cédric Vigier, CTC – Innovation manager
  • Gustavo Gonzalez Quijano, Cotance - Secretary-General

Keynote speeches

Speakers

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

 

  • Stéphanie Kerbarh, MP, President of the CSR Group - French National Assembly

Session 3

Manufacturing, sourcing, distribution and CSR in footwear

The various markets for footwear, from fashion items to sports shoes via personal protection equipment are experiencing a number of major challenges, with the distribution sector undergoing a revolution, production tending to become more automated and international sourcing that fluctuates according to the economic development of producer countries.

In this complex and difficult context, are footwear labels are on the frontline of the Corporate Social Responsibility revolution?

Speakers

  • Alan Fustec, Director General - Goodwill-management

 

  • Jennifer Schappert-Champeaux, Policy Advisor, Textile & Garment, Responsible Business Conduct Unit - OECD

Round table 2

Speakers

  • Nicolas Mille, Gaston Mille - President
  • Anne-Céline Humeau, Innoshoe - Spokesperson and CEO of Humeau-Beaupréau
  • Gauthier Bedek, ERAM - R&D Director
  • Thibault Repelin, M.Moustache - Co-founder
  • Thierry Poncet, CTC - Manager of the Leather and Sustainable Development departments
  • Francisco Valente, Decathlon - Leather Conception Leader

Session 4

The sustainable approach in the leather goods sector

Leather goods are the flagship fashion item and attract much attention, not all of it positive. This is a paradoxical situation, because leather goods production is generally perfectly compatible with a responsible approach: sophisticated expertise, noble materials, respect for intellectual property, long-lasting products. Indeed, we could ask ourselves whether the DNA of luxury leather goods is, by definition, “sustainable”?

Speakers

  • Fella Imalhayenne, General Delegate - Global Compact France

 

  • Emmanuel Pommier, Managing Director of the Artisanal Leather goods and saddlery section - Hermès

Round table 3

Speakers

  • Jean-Yves Chauvy, SIS - Managing Director
  • Ange Alez Martin, Créations JC Perrin - CEO
  • Delphine Sarfati-Sobreira, UNIFAB - Managing Director
  • Chantal Malingrey, Premiere Vision Group - Marketing and Development Director

Closing speech

Speakers

  • Isabelle Lefort - Paris Good Fashion - President
  • Frank Boehly, Conseil National du Cuir - President