Traceability in the leather supply chain webinar

Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

Time: 4pm (Central European time). 3pm UK time.

Duration: 40 minutes

Cost: Free to attend (participation subject to approval and spaces are limited)

How do I register?: Follow this link to register your participation. Participation is subject to approval and spaces are limited. 

Webinar programme:

  • Introductions and overview: Martin Ricker, Content Director, International Leather Maker (ILM). What is Traceability in the leather supply chain and why is it important?
  • Transparency and Stahl: Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability, Stahl
  • Tracing cut parts: Steve Signorelli, Solution Consultant- Manufacturing, Lectra UK.
  • Q&A session
  • Conclusions

What is traceability in the leather supply chain?

High Street retailers and major brands are facing ever increasing demands from consumers and NGO’s about where products come from and what conditions they are manufactured under. Brands and retailers, especially in the high-end luxury segment, face serious problems with fake counterfeit products and need to make sure that any leather products made from exotic species meet CITES rules.

In recent year’s human rights and environmental NGO’s (Non-Governmental Organisations) as well as animal welfare campaign groups have attacked the leather industry for perceived violations in working conditions, environmental controls and its association with poor animal welfare practices.

To counter these threats and to show greater transparency in the leather supply chain responsible leather makers, brands and retailers have sought to introduce traceability into their supply chains.

Overview of the topics covered in this webinar include:

  • Maintain brand reputation
  • Avoid suppliers with poor environmental controls
  • Know where each hide/skin, leather and cut part comes from
  • Understand which chemicals are used (avoid dangerous or restricted substances)
  • Avoid animal welfare issues
  • Avoid forced or child labour issues
  • Know where hides/skins and leathers originate
  • Prevent counterfeiting
  • Demonstrate best practice and clean supply chain to customers

Transparency and Stahl

In the second part of the webinar, Michael Costello, Sustainability Director for global leather chemicals suppliers Stahl will outline the company’s policy in this area and will provide more details about a project it was involved with called ReVeal. Michael Costello makes the following comments:

“Stahl believes that the road to sustainability starts with transparency. We also recognize that consumers, brands and designers are increasingly taking the whole (apparel, shoe & automotive) supply chain into account when they make decisions. This is why transparency is a corporate goal for Stahl and our activities are aimed at opening up supply chains for key stakeholders.

For example in 2016, under the ReVeal name, we joined forces with livestock trading company PALI Group, Vitelco, Rompa Tanneries and Rompa Leder and organized an event to show how the (calf) leather supply chain can be managed in a responsible way, with an emphasis on traceability. This initiative reveals the process stages from calf to designer bag. The integrated nature of the Dutch veal example makes it possible to check and control every step of the supply chain at every given time, and to make every calfskin fully traceable. We expect that more actions designed to highlight good practices and supply chain management will be adopted as a result of the ReVeal project.”

Tracing cut parts

Steve Signorelli, Solution Consultant- Manufacturing from the France based leather cutting system provider, Lectra will outline how the company’s technology can be used to trace cuts parts through the supply chain for a wide range of end-user applications such as automotive and furniture upholstery, leather goods, footwear and garment.

Audience interaction

At the end webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

In-depth report for further information on traceability

There is too much information to cover this large and complex topic in the webinar. Therefore,, the leading raw materials (hide/skin) market trends and pricing online platform has put together an extensive online report to assist tanners, brands and retailers better understand the risks and current best practice to improve traceability and transparency in the leather supply chain

In a globalised world, the leather supply chain is very complex. Hides and skins are shipped and traded all over the world and during the leather making process they can be bought and sold, graded and mixed with several other batches and sources along the way. The leather making process also uses many physical-chemical processes which makes monitoring each hide or skin a challenge.

Being able to track materials through the process is a major challenge but it is one where some progress has been made in recent years and the report brings together an overview of some of the latest techniques employed in the industry to improve traceability and features some real-life case studies. 

Click here to find out more about the Traceability in the Leather Supply Chain report or email Maria Wallace, for further information.

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