The Future of Leather

The Future of Leather

Kering and a group of over 50 public-private industry leaders have today published a new report on the challenges and opportunities when building more sustainable supply chains for leather.

This report summarises the conclusions reached by the group during the Paris Smart Sourcing Workshop, hosted by Kering Group in 2016. Focused on traceability and animal welfare challenges, when sourcing beef leather within or outside of Europe, the workshop is part of an ongoing project aimed at steering the beef leather industry toward more sustainable practices. Recognising that there are already effective platforms in place (e.g. Global Roundtable on Sustainable Beef, the Leather Working Group), the workshop’s aim was not to create a new platform but rather foster knowledge sharing between academics, conservationists and the private sector. Conclusions drawn indicate that progress in the leather supply chain can be

fostered by:

• Collaboration among actors (e.g. leather supply chain actors, the meat & dairy industry, the public sector, etc.);

• Alignment of tools to move toward a common language (e.g. traceability systems, current and emerging standards, etc.);

• Mapping and sharing information on farming practices and sustainable initiatives to find smart sources and to disseminate best practices.