Microplastics/Microfibres, Deforestation, DNA Traceability and Chromium VI are the key industry topics being discussed at the Leather, Compliance & Sustainability Conference, New York.

 The ‘Leather Compliance and Sustainability’ conference takes place on 13th November 2019 at Tapestry’s Head Office in New York.  Presentations will cover some of the hottest topics in the leather industry, informing delegates on how to manage risks within their supply chain and take advantage of emerging sustainability opportunities.


Speakers and Topics at this morning event will include:


Tapestry will be presenting ‘the importance of sustainability’ discussing how they are approaching leather and sustainability from a brand perspective, a valuable insight from a brand with extensive leather range.


Eurofins | BLC will introduce the topic of Chrome VI and how this represents a potential management challenge for those using chromium tanned leather in their products. Will Troutman, Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright will talk through the legal implications of managing Chrome VI risk, the potential impacts to businesses and their legal responsibilities. Delegates will take away key lessons on managing Chrome VI within product lines.


Stephen Sothmann, President of the U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association will present insight on the latest developments in the meat and leather industries in the US. Delegates will hear information on the meat industry and how hides and skins are a by-product. Stephen will provide additional detail on traceability and animal welfare programs within the industry and discuss if there is growth in overall meat consumption alongside growing interest in vegan lifestyles.


Following a networking break sponsored by Applied DNA Sciences the topic of microplastics and microfibres will be discussed, considering; definitions, potential risk areas and impacts, how clean manufacturing can limit microplastic release and how this issue is affecting alternative materials to leather and the leather industry more generally.


The final part of the conference will focus on the increased deforestation rates in the Amazon, what this means for those sourcing leather knowingly, or unknowingly from this region and some of the strategies and programs available for managing the issue, including improved traceability programs and cutting edge technology such as DNA tagging.


Delegates will be given the opportunity to ask questions of speakers following presentations to push the conversation further.


Register NOW for this industry leading event to ensure you are up to date with the latest developments in the leather industry.


Further information about the conference can be found on the Eurofins | BLC website: https://www.blcleathertech.com/us-conference