Sustainability Principles in the Supply Chain training course focusing on the key aspects of leather, textile and sustainability, providing delegates with expert tuition. Leather and textile materials sustainability is a complex issue and one that covers a range of topics in the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) space. Detailed focus on leather industry specific issues such as traceability, animal welfare, deforestation, and exotic materials. An up to date understanding of these issues can help those who work in the textile and leather industry, or sell articles, to manage risk and make informed business decisions.


Key course topics

  • Sustainability Principles for the textile industry. Latest approaches to managing Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues for footwear, apparel and textile related industries. 
  • Overview of the leather industry. To understand leather sustainability, it is important to understand an industry that is known for its complex and international nature.
  • Raw materials challenges. Leather sustainability is inherently related to the sourcing of raw hides and skins, and it is important that organisations understand the key sustainability challenges associated with raw materials, and how such practices can be avoided.
  • Inputs and outputs, the leather making process. The leather making process involves the usage of chemicals and resources (e.g. energy and water) that have potentially significant impacts on the environment and people. Understanding these impacts is important for the implementation of sustainable business practices for those organisations operating in the leather industry.
  • Environmental Impacts and the Leather Working Group. The Leather Working Group is the leather industry’s leading organisation with regards to environmental stewardship, and engagement offers a clear avenue by which all organisations involved in the industry can implement best practice.
  • Chemicals and Restricted Substances. Delegates will learn about the need for chemical management within the leather industry and will explore how this relates to restricted substances.
  • Market drivers and Sustainability Risks. Leather sustainability covers a broad range of specific issues and delegates will learn about leather sustainability risks and their drivers.
  • Waste and End-of-Life. Delegates will learn about the importance of waste and end-of-life considerations to leather sustainability.

Course Speaker 

            Peter Hughes - 
Head of Sustainability Business Development at Eurofins | BLC


Peter leads the development of Eurofins | BLC Sustainability Services through expanding commercial opportunities, delivering specialist communication support to clients and implementing traceability systems for global supply chains. Peter is also involved with bespoke projects around circularity of leather and other materials, research into emerging material innovations for the sector and measuring the environmental impact of materials.
Peter has over fourteen years of experience working in the field of sustainable development with private, public and third sector clients. Peter has previously worked in the food industry specialising in sustainability issues and supply chain mapping of the ‘food to go’ sector, concentrating on improving environmental and ethical performance. He has also worked with the public sector looking to utilise existing building stock to generate power and use energy more efficiently.

Who should attend?

Ideal for those involved in product compliance, customer services, product technologists, buyers, quality and legal staff.

What will delegates receive? 

All course delegates will receive:

  • A complete course manual

  • A certificate of attendance


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Reference: RCT024-002

Location: Northampton, UK

Dates: 22-02-2024

Status: Places Available

Price: £385.00

Members Price: £325.00

Reference: RCT024-011

Location: Northampton, UK

Dates: 19-09-2024

Status: Places Available

Price: £385.00

Members Price: £325.00


Postcode: NN3 6JD

By Car


  • From the North: exit at junction 16
  • From the South: exit at junction 15


  • Merges into the M1 at the Catthorpe Interchange, exit M1 at junction 16


  • Exit at junction 11, arriving in Northampton via B4525 and A43


By Train

  • Northampton Station is serviced by London Midlands and is on the Northampton loop of the West Coast Main Line.
  • Northampton is accessible by train from London Euston in the south, and Birmingham New Street and Crewe in the north.
  • A taxi rank is located outside the main entrance of the station.

By Airport 

  • Birmingham Airport (BHX) - 40 miles - Direct train from Birmingham New Street to Northampton Train Station.
  • London Luton (LTN) - 35 miles - 2 changes from Luton Airport Parkway to Northampton Train Station.
  • London Stansted - 54 miles - 2 changes from Stansted Airport to Northampton Train Station.
  • Heathrow Airport (LHR) - 58 miles - 2 changes from Heathrow Terminal to Northampton Train Station.


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Clarks International

United Kingdom

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United Kingdom

"We were very impressed by the speaker on the leather training course who had excellent knowledge of the subject."


United Kingdom

"I enjoyed all of the leather course as a chemist I wanted to understand the whole process of making leather."

Smit & zoon


"I enjoyed the combination of theoretical and practical training on the 4-day leather course."


United Kingdom

"All parts of the leather training course were relevant and very informative. I now have a new appreciation for leather!"

Ralph Lauren

United States of America

"We thought every part of the Eurofins | BLC leather course was very informative and interesting."

John Lewis Partnership

United Kingdom

"I just wanted to say a big thanks for 2 great days of leather education last week."



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Gheli International


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Casino Hide Tanners


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United Kingdom

"Through Eurofins | BLC Membership, we have access to technical support for leather product testing, helping us to provide more efficient services to our customers."

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United Kingdom

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