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.
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
The programming of the third "Sustainable Leather Forum" confirms the success of the event, which has found its place in the agenda of leather, footwear, leather goods and glove companies. The interest of an annual meeting on the issues of Corporate Social Responsibility was imposed on the actors of fashion, luxury and sport, who have perfectly integrated the fundamentals of this approach.
In recent years, the topic of sustainable development has progressed rapidly across the entire fashion and luxury ecosystem, with an acceleration since the Covid-19 crisis, which has increased citizens' awareness of societal issues, particularly environmental ones. As we are just beginning to reflect on the world of the future, the SLF must take part in the debate on the evolution of our industries, but also of agriculture and distribution, in order to offer more transparent manufacturing methods and more sustainable products.
In order to share best practices, the SLF presents the testimony of companies that have implemented a CSR approach involving the upstream and downstream of their activity. It also gives the floor to experts in CSR topics according to ISO 26000: human rights, working relations and conditions, environment, loyalty of professional practices, consumer issues, communities and local development and finally corporate governance.
In the next edition of the SLF, after the opening speeches of the political and economic personalities, we will address the current issues. What is the vegan movement? How is animal welfare integrated by the profession? Does deforestation concern our sector? Is the carbon balance of leather defined by life-cycle analyses? We will approach these issues from a positive angle in order to rebalance the present theses.
We will also study CSR issues in the sports and leisure market, particularly for footwear. How do brands, importers set up responsible manufacturing and sourcing? The players in these markets are committed to CSR, which corresponds to the values represented by sport and the expectations of their customers.
A session will be devoted to consumer information. How does the profession conduct its communication campaigns, how do distributors participate in information by selecting sustainable collections? What role for fashion influencers or sites and applications to evaluate brands or products?
I would like to conclude by wishing that this forum will provide you with a relevant light in your CSR project and by thanking the Conseil National du Cuir, and its President Frank Boehly, as well as the professional federations of footwear, leather goods, glove making, the tannery and tawery, and hides and skins, without which the advent of the SLF would not have been possible.
President of the Organizing Committee