With the “Sustainable Development Goal” (SDG) 12 “Sustainable Consumption and Production”, subgoal 4, the United Nations aim to achieve environmentally sound use of chemicals throughout its life cycle and significantly reduce the release of chemicals into the air, water and soil.
At the same time, consumers demand information about the (eco) toxicological safety of products, but also about the working conditions at the production sites. The recent debates on chemicals management in textile supply chains (“detox”) are slowly expanding to the area of ​​leather products (for example, shoes and clothing, furniture, automotive equipment).

The resulting social demands pose considerable challenges to the players in the leather supply chains (including manufacturers of leather chemistry, the leather industry incl. tanneries, brands and retailers). It turns the question of whether mass-market alternatives to existing “leather chemicals” (eg, chrome-based tanning processes, PFCs for finishing) are needed, or whether the challenge is primarily to ensure the proper use of existing chemicals in supply chains.
The aim of the workshop is to approach a common understanding of the challenges in global leather value chains. In addition to technical questions, this also deals with issues relevant to social science and politics, such as the transparent design of supply chains, including the possibility of consumers being able to make informed consumer decisions.

Language: German
Date : 16 October 2018
Where: Schader-Forum, Goethestr. 2, 64285 Darmstadt
More informationen: https://www.schader-stiftung.de