ZDHC Foundation to Present on MRSL Implementation at the 2017 Leather Sustainability Conference

ZDHC Foundation to Present on MRSL Implementation at the 2017 Leather Sustainability Conference

Frank Michel, Executive Director at the ZDHC Foundation, will be speaking at the conference about the implementation of the ZDHC Programme to better manage upstream chemical inputs in the footwear and apparel supply chains.

The Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017 is sponsored by Stahl, Smit & zoon and TFL, and is supported by Lonza. The half-day conference will be held on Thursday 16th November at One Great George St., Westminster, London and is jointly organised by BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd (BLC) and International Leather Maker (ILM).

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About the ZDHC Programme

The ZDHC Programme includes a collaboration of 22 signatory brands, 24 value chain affiliates, and 10 associates who work collaboratively to support the implementation of safer chemical management practices in the textile and footwear value chains thereby protecting consumers, workers and the environment. 

The ZDHC programme covers four key areas; Manufacturing Restricted Substance Lists (MRSL), waste water guidelines, audit Protocol and research. Data disclosure and training are cross-cutting areas which work across the four main work streams.

Frank will discuss the latest developments of the programme in the context of the leather value chain. Specific discussion points will include the MRSL conformance guidelines for the testing and verification of chemicals, audit protocols for suppliers and waste water guidelines for leather.

 

About Frank Michel

Frank Michel is the Executive Director of the ZDHC Foundation an organisation responsible for implementing the ZDHC programme.

Since August 2015, Frank has led the ZDHC Foundation as Executive Director, bringing with him more than twenty years’ leadership experience in establishing and growing multi-stakeholder initiatives. 

Frank’s earlier career years include managing technical advisory groups and environmental initiatives for a leading German retail trade organisation, GS1 Germany GmbH, and working as Director of Regulation & Sustainability Management at 1WorldSync, where he was able significantly grow the size and outreach of the organisation by founding several subsidiaries.  

 

Conference Agenda

This year’s recently confirmed conference agenda incorporates exciting and forward-thinking leather sustainability topics:

12.15      Registration Tea/Coffee

12.45      Opening Remarks

13.00      NEXT on Modern Slavery - The Importance of Transparency
Chris Grayer, Next Holdings Ltd (30 mins)

13.30      Modern Slavery Act Update
Speaker to be confirmed (30 mins)

14.00      Full Traceability in Cattle Supply Chains, New Opportunities in Brazil
Nathalie Walker, National Wildlife Federations (30 mins)

14.30      Product Passport – Transparency in Chemistry
Pim Wilgenburg, Smit & zoon (30 mins)

15.00      BREAK

15.30      Cleaning up the Ganges: A Public Private Partnership for the Kanpur leather cluster
Michael Costello, Stahl International (30 mins)

16.00      ZDHC: The Implementation Experience
Frank Michel, ZDHC (30 mins)      

16.30      Introducing ChemMAP – a new system to verify upstream chemical formulations
Peter Gregory, Vert-Tex (30 mins)

17.00      Open Brand Panel Discussion
Panel to be confirmed (30 mins)                                  

17.30      Close

Find out more about the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017.

 

Register Your Place Today

Don't miss out on this leading leather sustainability conference. Register your attendance today by completing the registration form and returning it to Deborah Taylor at: [email protected]

 

Sponsorship opportunities

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Maria Wallace at: [email protected] or Jackie Trailor at: [email protected]

View the agenda and find out more about the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017.

25 September 2017

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