Always organised by the Conseil National du Cuir, the third Sustainable Leather Forum will be held in Paris on Monday 13 September under the patronage of the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. As for the two previous editions, it will be an important opportunity for the operators of the fashion system to investigate all aspects related to the sustainability of leather and leather products, presenting the best practices of brands and suppliers in terms of corporate social responsibility (CSR) with all its environmental, ethical and economic implications.
This year’s programme includes 4 sessions divided into round tables focused on highly topical themes. The first session is dedicated to the “Vegan movement and animal welfare” where the origins of the movement, its philosophy and the influence it exerts on public opinion and consumers will be discussed.
The second one is entitled “Deforestation, Carbon Footprint and Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) of the leather”. A panel of experts will discuss environmental footprint measurement systems and the possible connection between the tanning sector and deforestation.
The third one will address the issue of “Responsible production and sport/leisure market sourcing” starting from a given point: in 2019 France imported 480 million shoes. How can you further implement responsible sourcing?
The fourth round table will talk about “The synthetic and trendy alternatives of leather – a comparison of their technical performance”. This theme starts from the fact that innovative materials proliferate on the market boasting features similar to leather but which in reality are completely different both in terms of intrinsic structure and performance.
The last session of the forum will be dedicated to “Transparency and consumer information: communicating positively with stakeholders”. Exclusive keynote presentations include LVMH and Carbone 4 .
The Sustainable Leather Forum 2021 will be hosted at the Palais Brogniart (28 place de la Bourse, Paris 2ème) from 8:45 am to 6:00 pm. Last year’s edition saw the participation of 250 delegates and 30 speakers.