Following our March 29th meeting, we would like everyone to have the opportunity to give input on our current work. Please review the meeting notes, slides, and recording from the meeting before answering the below questions.

 

You may provide any input you like by emailing us your thoughts at ResponsibleLeather@TextileExchange.org

Roundtable Name – help us choose the final option:

  • Roundtable for Responsible Leather (RLR), or
  • Global Roundtable for Responsible Leather (GRRL)

 

Roundtable Mandate & Structure Task Group Work (Outcomes from Meeting #1)

Mission (choose one)
  1. Ensure responsibility and continuous improvement in the global leather value chain through leadership, science, advocacy, and inclusive multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration.
  2. Ensure a more responsible and sustainable global leather value chain through continuous improvement, leadership, science, advocacy, and inclusive multi-stakeholder engagement and collaboration.
Vision (choose one)
  1. We envision a world in which all aspects of the leather value chain are environmentally and socially responsible, with a focus on animal welfare, while being economically viable.
  2. We envision a world in which all aspects of the leather value chain are environmentally and socially responsible, ensures the welfare of animals, and is economically viable.

***We need input on the term “ensure”, other options include “support”, “encourage”, “promote”

Main Goals – The Roundtable will be: (Give input on the below points)
  • A platform for stakeholders in the leather industry to engage with each other, share information, and identify common challenges and opportunities.
  • A common voice that represents the interests of the leather value chain.
  • A structure for interacting with other organizations and government bodies.
  • A forum to agree on priority issues and desired solutions to advance our mission and vision.
Main Activities – These may include, but will not be restricted to:  (Give input on the below point – more to come later)
  • Combine the knowledge and expertise of all stakeholders to map out existing projects and initiatives, and compliment/add value to them by putting them into a common framework that the leather industry can use.

 

Scopes Prioritization Task Group Work (group has not started yet)

To look at which issues we should try to address through the verification system, and which we can address through separate roundtable activities.   We will identify the ”why” behind each issue, so that we can clearly articulate the importance of each verification scope. We can use the results from the last survey, consider a new one, and look at what is most practical to ensure we have success.  We can also discuss whether there should be multiple tiers allowed (eg: bronze, silver, gold).

Refer to slides #35-38 of March 29th meeting

What should we take into consideration when setting the priorities?
  • Cost and complexity of implementation
  • Scalability
  • Urgency of the issue
  • Low-hanging fruit
  • Relevance to brands to drive commitment
  • Existing initiative and programs we can leverage
  • Other?

 

You may provide any input you like by emailing us your thoughts at ResponsibleLeather@TextileExchange.org