Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017

Following the success of last year’s conference, BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd and International  Leather Maker (ILM) are pleased to announce the date of this year’s half-day conference which will be held on Thursday November 16 2017 at One Great George St, Westminster, London from 12:30 to 17:30. The Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017 is sponsored by Stahl, Smit & zoon and TFL, and is supported by Lonza.

With environmental sustainability still at the heart of any successful business, the theme of this year’s conference will again be focused on building a sustainable value chain for the leather industry. A key requirement for all retailers and brands is upstream supply chain transparency.

Who should attend?

Anyone connected with the Leather Supply Chain including brands and retailers that use or sell leather products with a focus on reducing the environmental impact of leather and leather making. The half-day conference will focus on sustainability and what leather specifiers, technical staff and buyers related to leather need to know.

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Conference Agenda

We promise an exciting line-up of international industry leading specialists, including major brands and/or retailers, leather manufacturers, leather supply chain suppliers (machinery/chemicals), and organisations presenting the most up-to-date developments across a range of topical subjects. This year's event will also include a moderated panel discussion.


12.15    Registration – Tea/Coffee

12.45   Opening Remarks

13.00   NEXT on Modern Slavery – The Importance of Transparency 
           Chris Grayer, Next Holdings Ltd

13.30   Modern Slavery Act Update
           Speaker to be confirmed

14.00   Full Traceability in Cattle Supply Chains, New Opportunities in Brazil
           Nathalie Walker, National Wildlife Federation

14.30   Product Passport – Transparency in Chemistry
           Pim Wilgenburg, Smit & zoon

15.00   Break

15.30   Cleaning up the Ganges: A Public Private Partnership for the Kanpur leather cluster
           Michael Costello, Stahl

16.00   ZDHC:  The Implementation Experience
           Frank Michel, ZDHC Foundation

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

17.00   Sustainability: The Big Picture - Sponsored by TFL
           Bringing experts together from across the supply chain, the panel will answer delegate questions and encourage discussion.
           Panel Members: Dr. Jürgen Christner - TFL, Hugues Pichon - LVMH, Phil Townsend - Marks & Spencer, Tara Luckman - ASOS, Michelle Linderman - Crowell & Moring                                    

17.30   Close


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The cost of the conference will be £310 + VAT per delegate and will be invoiced at the time of registration.

Discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same company:

  • 5% discount for the second delegate registered
  • 10% discount for the third delegate and any subsequent delegates registered

A 3.5% administration fee will be applied to all credit card payments. Payment must be received prior to the date of the conference otherwise attendance may be refused.


Sponsorship opportunities

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Maria Wallace at: maria@edifydigitalmedia.com or Jackie Trailor at: jackie@edifydigitalmedia.com


Conference Organisers

Read more about BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd and International  Leather Maker (ILM) who are the co-organisers of this Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference.


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Conference Speakers

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Register Your Place Today

Don't miss out on this leading leather sustainability conference.

Register your attendance today by contacting Deborah Taylor at: deborah@blcleathertech.com

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One Great George St



Getting here:

By London Underground - Both Westminster (Exit 6) on the District, Circle and Jubilee lines, and St James's Park on the District and Circle lines, are just 5 minutes walk away. For more information, visit the Transport for London website.

Walking Directions from Westminster Underground (exit 6) - When you arrive at the top of the stairs you will be on Whitehall. Turn around (as if you were to walk back down the stairs) you are now facing Parliament Square. Walk around to the right onto Great George Street until you come to two sets of traffic lights. Cross over both and continue walking straight down Great George Street for about 1 minute. One Great George Street is the last building on the corner of Great George Street and Storey's Gate. The building is also the home of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

By Rail - London's mainline stations at Waterloo, Victoria and Charing Cross are minutes away by foot or by Underground. For further information visit the National Rail website.

By Bus - Numerous bus routes pass within a 1-2 minute walk of One Great George Street. Bus routes stopping near Parliament Square include: 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211 and 453. For further information visit the Transport for London website.

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