COTANCE, the leather industry’s representative body in the European Union, is working with trade union organisation industriAll and with a number of national leather industry associations to produce a new version of a social and environmental report that they first published in 2012.
To compile the report, these partner organisations will gather information from companies across the European leather industry in the course of this year.
An immediate task they have identified involves updating the original questionnaire they used to gather information from companies in 2012.
“Markets want information on the sustainability performance of the leather industry,” COTANCE said in a recent statement. “Labour organisations want to know the kind of industry they are engaging with, and tanners want to benchmark their results against overall sector data. At the same time, mainstream media need accurate information about the industry so that we can prevent fake news from dominating the public perception of the leather industry.”
It said the new report, which the partners aim to publish in 2020, can become a powerful tool for responding to all these needs. Project partners have agreed to draw up the new questionnaire by the end of March.
Report courtesy of Leatherbiz