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.