What is the SLF?

Consumers of leather products, and of fashion more generally, are increasingly paying attention to the values championed by labels.

Preserving expertise, local and regional production, protection of natural resources, animal well-being, short supply chains, respect for the value chain: companies in the leather sector, whether major groups, SMEs or middle-market companies, are already implementing actions in these areas.

 

Sustainable Leather Forum

 

The Sustainable Leather Forum will showcase best practices in the leather sector in the areas of Corporate Social Responsibility, from a social, environmental and economic perspective.

The Sustainable Leather Forum will therefore be the occasion to present to professionals and stakeholders in the sector the changes seen in consumer behaviour as well as the tools and solutions to put into practice.

Testimonies and round tables led by companies and organisations that have already worked on this subject will alternate with convivial break times.

Who is the Sustainable Leather Forum for?

Anyone working in the fashion, leather, footwear, leather goods and luxury sectors, in France and abroad.

This ranges from hide producers to tanneries, manufacturers of footwear and leather goods to distributors of finished goods, as well as public bodies, institutions and opinion leaders.

Editorial – Yves Morin, President of the Organizing Committee

 

Yves Morin

With this fourth edition, the Sustainable Leather Forum confirms its position as a major platform for information and discussion around best practices in Corporate Social Responsibility within the various economic sectors of the leather industry.

While interest in sustainable development is no longer a subject of discussion, there are still some contradictory approaches, from the most extreme advocates wishing to see societal change to an opposing trend for “green washing”. We have chosen to take a realistic, middle-ground approach with ambitious commitments that are still compatible with business development. Consequently, our choice of speakers is crucial if we are to present exemplary achievements in the field of CSR.

During this fourth edition, after the opening remarks from leading political and economic figures, we will focus on new subjects.

A first round-table will include leather chemical companies. Their role is crucial for the success of the progressive efforts made by our industry, but they had not yet been given the opportunity to present their approaches and their innovations.

We will then look at the market for automobile leather. The reason for this is that although for seating and other components, leather has always been the reference material in this industry for its comfort and durability, we have seen that certain carmakers and consumers are questioning the CSR issues around leather.

This year will also offer the opportunity to look at other flexible materials such as cotton and linen, used in the fashion, luxury and sports markets, in order to understand the progress in CSR made by companies in these sectors.

We will close this day of reflection with a round table focused on the traceability of skins, materials and finished products. This is a vital area that allows us to measure and reach our objectives, but also to ensure the transparency of our results with professional clients and consumers.

To conclude, I would like to thank those who work to ensure the success of the forum; the technical and commercial teams but also the members of the Organisation Committee made up of the Conseil National du Cuir and its President, Frank Boehly, plus the professional federations of leathers and skins producers, the tanning sector and shoes, leather goods and glove makers.

We hope that this fourth forum will provide you with useful information but also contacts and fruitful discussions with the various members of the sector and the experts who will be in attendance.

 

 

Yves Morin
President of the Organizing Committee
of the Sustainable Leather Forum