Towards Sustainable Leather Sourcing
January 2017 – Origem is pleased to publish a new report, Towards Sustainable Leather Sourcing, which summarises the conclusions reached during the Paris Smart Sourcing Leather Workshop, hosted by the Kering Group with the support of Origem in May 2016 (the Workshop).
ABOUT THE REPORT

This report summarises the conclusions reached during the Workshop and indicates further work required to achieve sustainable beef leather supply chains.

The  Workshop fostered knowledge sharing among over 50 participants including academics, environmental associations and the private sector. Focused on the challenges of traceability, animal welfare and sourcing beef leather both within and outside of Europe, the Workshop is part of an ongoing project aimed at steering the beef leather industry toward more sustainable practices.

The main objective of the Workshop was to bring leaders in industry (brands & companies) and experts together to find concrete ways of catalysing traceable and responsible leather supply chains by:

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Focusing on cattle farming because of its significant environmental and societal challenges.
Presenting the latest research and innovation around ecologically sustainable beef production in key sourcing regions.
Focusing on the latest developments in traceability systems for commodities (including leather).
Understanding the key issues around animal welfare in beef leather supply chains.
Acknowledging that social responsibility for the people working in the leather supply chain is a priority. This was out of the scope of this workshop, but agreed upon by all participants.
The report outlines tangible supply chain actions to develop more responsible leather sourcing, including:

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

It is the hope of the Paris Smart Sourcing Leather Workshop participants that this report can serve as a resource as the industry continues to move toward more sustainable beef leather sourcing practices.

« Recognising the importance of animal welfare as well as environmental sustainability, Burberry’s ambition is to improve standards across the leather industry by aligning priorities, promoting best practice and prioritising innovation. This workshop enabled a broad range of stakeholders to come together and share ideas with a view to driving meaningful change across the industry »
Burberry
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BRANDS
From luxury, fashion and retail sectors:

Acne Studios, Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Burberry, Chanel, Clarks, Groupe ERAM, Gucci, H&M, IKEA, Kering, LVMH, Maisons du Monde, Marc Jacobs, Marks & Spencer, Mulberry, Nestle, Nike, PVH, Saint Laurent, Tommy Hilfiger,

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« As part of our Plan A commitment, M&S aims to only use the most sustainable raw materials available to us. Leather is a very important material for M&S and it is vital that when sourcing leather we do not contribute to deforestation and we are compliant with our standards for animal welfare and chemical usage. The Smart Leather Workshop was a great opportunity for brands and stakeholders to discuss some of the challenges ahead. What was refreshing to see was such a tangible level of interest at the workshop and a clear intention to collaborate »
Marks & Spencer
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