“Our journey towards sourcing more sustainable raw materials – M&S”

“Our journey towards sourcing more sustainable raw materials – M&S”

Phil Townsend – Raw Materials Specialist at M&S will present at the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018 taking place in central London on 15th November.

Phil will discuss how the leading clothing, home and food retailer, Marks & Spencer has progressed in sourcing more sustainable raw materials with a focus on leather.

By booking your place at the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018 you will hear about the core Marks & Spencer raw material initiatives that aim to address all their respective environmental, social, economic and animal welfare challenges. You will also hear about how this leading retailer is working with Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and how it is advancing the M&S Chemical Compliance Program.

Join other delegates representing brands, retailers and leather manufacturers from around the world. Delegates will have the opportunity to network with each other and contributors to the event and ask questions of the speakers through a panel discussion.

 

Phil Townsend – Raw materials specialist – M&S

Phil is responsible for delivering the environmental sustainability program for M&S’ Clothing & Home business. Working with the central Plan A team, buying teams, sourcing offices and suppliers, he leads the development and implementation of the key raw material strategies used within M&S. He also works on other projects to develop sustainable supply chains from farm to store – including traceability, animal welfare, chemical compliance and leading the eco-factory programme.

Phil has spent over 20 years at M&S. Prior to his current role he worked as a Product Technologist, where he was responsible for product development, supply chain management, innovation and quality management. He has been Vice-Chairman on the BCI Council for the last two years and has just been elected onto the ZDHC Board of Directors. He is passionate about nature conservation and has worked as a volunteer for the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust for over ten years, managing one of their chalk grassland reserves in the Chilterns, UK.

 

About the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018

Co-organised by ILM and Eurofins|BLC, the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2018 is predicted to be a popular event with attendees from across the leather industry. A key theme of the conference will include ‘sustainable raw materials’, and the event will touch on topics such as innovation around raw materials for leather. This year’s conference will also be considering new materials coming to market and look at transparency and traceability of production within existing processes.

Stahl are the lead sponsors of the event and other confirmed speakers including Hotter, Stahl, ZDHC and Modern Meadow.

The half-day event will take place at One Great George Street, Westminster, London and remaining delegate places are limited.

 

View the Conference Agenda and Further Information

 

Register Your Place Today

Registration is simple. Either book online or email contact info@leathersustainability.com or call Eurofins | BLC on +44 (0)1604 679 999. 

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Maria Wallace at International Leather Maker (ILM) at maria@internationalleathermaker.com or telephone +44 (0)203 735 6537.

17 October 2018

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