Responsible Leather Round Table

Advancing responsibility and continuous improvement in the global leather value chain.

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Season’s Greetings from the RLRT

Hi Everyone,

Season’s Greeting!

It has been quite a while since we have been in touch, and I thank you for your patience. Since our very successful event in Ireland, we have been incredibly busy with our Textile Exchange annual conference in Milan, travel to the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Denver, and a lot of work on planning for 2019. I’m sure you have been equally busy in your roles, and hope you get the holiday break that you deserve, and that you start the new year feeling energized and inspired!

Over the last month, we have been taking this time to reflect on what has worked and not worked with Responsible Leather, and thinking about how to really drive the work forward in the new year. One thing that we will be doing is to re-organize the work streams and conference calls to be more focused and effective for everyone. To that end, we will be creating technical task groups that will focus on advancing the development of the different components of the Responsible Leather Assessment tool (RLA), then holding regular Responsible Leather Round Table update calls to keep everyone informed of the progress and give opportunity for input. The work streams will focus on:

  • animal welfare
  • deforestation
  • tanneries
  • traceability
  • communications
  • strategy, design and budget

There will also be stakeholder calls on specific topics throughout the year.

Another change in our strategy is with regards to our funding. We are very grateful for the support of the industry over the past two years and hope that everyone who sponsored our work is pleased with the progress. Now, as we try to develop a strong work plan that we can commit to, we will want to have an upfront understanding of our budget so that we can engage the people that we need, dedicate the resources within Textile Exchange, and plan for travel and meetings. For this reason, we are setting a target amount, and asking companies to commit their sponsorship by the 1st of February. Once we know the amount we need has been reached, we can then push the button and really start moving forward! We have developed a funding brochure that we hope will help you make this commitment.

There is a lot more to talk about in this newsletter, so I will let you read on, but let me finish by thanking our small team of Stefanie and Coty for their relentless hard work, our wonderful friends at the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB) for so graciously inviting us to coordinate with their event in Ireland, and to all of you for the financial support and many hours of engagement, ideas, and encouragement that you have contributed.  I am very proud to be doing this work and to know all of you!

Warm regards and happy holidays,

Anne

Thank you for joining us in Ireland!

Thank you to those of you who joined us in Kilkenny, Ireland! For those of you who were unable to attend, you can learn more about it below.

The Responsible Leather Round Table (RLRT) held its first in-person event and meeting in Ireland this October 11-12, alongside the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB)’s Global Conference on Sustainable Beef (October 9-12).

Around 60 delegates from across the leather value chain, from farm to fashion, attended the “Global Forum on Responsible Leather” and added to the discussion around the development of a Responsible Leather Assessment tool (RLA) for the industry. Noting the unique opportunity to engage with members from the beef industry, the overall response from event attendees was positive and echoed the need for more time to focus on the individual issues, as well as the need for funding the extensive amount of work that needs to be done.

Although there are many challenges in the leather value chain, particularly around traceability, RLRT stakeholders are enthusiastic about using the round table as a forum for discussion and debate, particularly when looking at opportunities for alternative traceability models to address issues at the farm level. The RLRT team will spend the remainder of 2018 structuring the work to come in the new year around the wealth of feedback, suggestions and outcomes from the Global Forum on Responsible Leather.

View the presentations, recordings and notes from the event here.

Survey

Help us come up with a name (and more)!

If you have been following our progress, you know that we will soon be establishing ourselves as a “roundtable” and operating through this venue to develop our work further.

We have created a very brief survey as a way for you to help us come up with a name, standardize our terminology, and give your interest in participating in one of our upcoming Task Groups and/or an in-person meeting. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes of your time, and your help is greatly appreciated!

Create your own user feedback survey

Stakeholder Meeting: March 29th

We invite anyone who is interested in learning more or taking part in the Responsible Leather Initiative (RLI) to join our stakeholder meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST / 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM CET.

Responsible Leather Initiative Stakeholder Meeting 

Thursday, March 29, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM CET

***NOTE: You MUST pre-register for this meeting at: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1899598041065793793

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the call.

All registrants will be automatically sent the recording after the webinar is finished, even if you do not attend. If you are interested, but cannot attend, it is still recommended to register for the meeting.

All meeting notes, slides, and recordings will be posted under Meeting Notes  2-3 days following the meeting.

Please contact us at ResponsibleLeather@TextileExchange.org with any questions or comments, or if you would like to be added to our mailing list.

Stakeholder Meeting: February 26th

We invite anyone who is interested in learning more or taking part in the Responsible Leather Initiative (RLI) to join our stakeholder meeting on Monday, February 26, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST / 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM CET.

Responsible Leather Initiative Stakeholder Meeting 

Monday, February 26, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST
4:00 AM – 5:30 PM CET

***NOTE: You MUST pre-register for this meeting at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7978095242815232515

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the call.

All registrants will be automatically sent the recording after the webinar is finished, even if you do not attend. So, if you are interested, but cannot attend, it is still recommended to register for the meeting.

All meeting notes, slides, and recordings will be posted under Meeting Notes  2-3 days following the meeting.

Please contact us at ResponsibleLeather@TextileExchange.org with any questions or comments, or if you would like to be added to our mailing list.

Stakeholder Meeting: February 6th

We invite anyone who is interested in learning more or taking part in the Responsible Leather Initiative (RLI) to join our first meeting of 2018 on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST / 4:00 AM – 5:30 PM CET to hear about the work that has been done in 2017 and what our 2018 plan will be. If you are new to the RLI and plan on joining this call, please be sure to include your email address when signing in so that we may keep you on our correspondence list for future updates and meetings.

All meeting notes, slides, and recordings will be posted under Meeting Notes  2-3 days following the meeting.

Please contact us at ResponsibleLeather@TextileExchange.org with any questions or comments, or if you would like to be added to our mailing list.

Details for joining the call are below, or add it to your calendar here.

Responsible Leather Initiative Stakeholder Meeting 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EST
4:00 AM – 5:30 PM CET

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