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Meetings & Webinars

End Of Year Partner Meeting - 12th December 2023

Thank you to everyone who attended our End of Year Meeting this week. We had a total of 62 attendees either in person or online, representing organisations from all sectors and all 5 continents. It was an interactive session with plenty of Q&A from the audience in the room especially around some of the key themes of the day – traceability and incoming regulations.

The meeting opened with a welcome address from Suzie Fletcher, Master Saddle Maker and Leather Expert on the BBC’s The Repair Shop.  Suzie emphasised the need for continued work in the leather industry to demonstrate its sustainable credentials and the importance of retaining first class education.

There was an introduction presentation from Weev – a company that has created an innovative material sourcing platform that supports brands and designers by bringing materials into shared spaces with colleagues without the need to be storing huge libraries of swatches and samples.  There was no presentation deck as attendees benefited from a live demonstration of the platform but the video will be published soon.

A traceability round table panel took place moderated by Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano of Cotance, with representatives from Oeko-Tex, Leather Working Group and Sustainable Leather Foundation participating.  There is no presentation deck for this but there will be a video soon.

Professor Will Wise presented his work on the use of the term “Metal Free” and whether it is appropriate to use this term, and indeed what constitutes metal free.  It was a thought provoking end the to the day.

Finally, Dr Kerry Senior, Secretary of the International Council of Tanners and Director of Leather UK, gave a short closing address on the need for industry to work together more cohesively to have a larger impact and presence at the next COP.

In addition to our guest speakers, we gave presentations on:

  •  SLF Benchmarking and Annual Report 2023
  • Are You Ready? An overview of incoming directives and regulations: CSRD, CSDDD, EUDR, EUGCD
  • Technical Review

 

For those partners who were unable to join us, you can download the presentation decks and videos will be uploaded soon.