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Lineapelle – LEM Conference room - Ponte dei Mari (Side pav. 22)

Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, H. 14.30 - 18.30

The tannery represents a virtuous example of sustainable industry and its commitment starts from the supply chain, an increasingly strategic element due to to the growing attention of the market.

UNIC Italian Tanneries, in collaboration with Cotance and Lineapelle, organizes an event to provide an overview of the main issues that characterize the sustainability of the raw material for the tanning sector, offering a scientific and objective perspective on aspects related to the production of raw hides and skins.

The topics on the agenda will start from traceability, with the presentation of some case studies and the main certifications, followed by animal welfare, describing international legislation and standards and specific situations in some key markets.The sector's initiatives in the field of land use change (deforestation) and improvement of the quality of the raw material will also be presented.

Speakers will include universities, research institutes, certification bodies, sectoral representatives, non-governmental associations, players in the supply chain.

The event, organized as part of the "Social & Environmental Reporting 2020" Project, with the support of the European Commission’s Social Dialogue Program, is free and open to the public and will be held in English and Italian with simultaneous translation service.

Cocktail reception at the end of the event.

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14.30-15.00    Registration & Welcome coffee

15.00-15.15    Welcome address UNIC Italian Tanneries, Andreas Kindermann (Cotance Confederation
                         of EU Tanners)

15.15-16.15    Animal welfare

                         Animal welfare: international initiatives and focus on the EU legislation
                         Carlo Tremolada (Università degli Studi Milano, Veterinary Medicine Department)

                         Animal welfare standards
                         Tiffany Lee (NAMI North American Meat Institute)
                         Karsten Maier (UECBV European Livestock and Meat Trading Union)

16.15-17.40    Traceability in the leather supply chain

                         Traceability: legislation, methodologies and documents
                         Maurizia Contu (UNIC Italian Tanneries)

                         Raw hides and skins traceability systems
                         Michael Søndergaard (Scan-hide)
                         Marco Ganzerli (Inalca)
                         Jean Pierre Vercruysse (Casino)
                         Stephen Sothmann (USHSLA US Hides Skins Leather Association)

                         Certifications on raw material traceability
                         Rafael Andrade (CSCB Brazilian Leather Sustainability Certification)
                         Sabrina Frontini (ICEC Institute of Quality Certification for the Leather Sector)
                         Deborah Taylor (LWG Leather Working Group)

17.40-18.00    Deforestation and Land Use Change

                         “DCF Leather” project, developed by NWF, ICEC and CSCB
                         Mauricio Bauer (NWF National Wildilife Fund) with Sabrina Frontini (ICEC) and
                         Rafael Andrade (CSCB)

18.00-18.30    Quality of raw hides and skins

                         Quality standards on raw hides and skins
                         Francesco Matelli (Chamber of Arbitration for the trading of hides, skins and leather)

                         “SELAMBQ” project on Spanish Entrefinos lambskins quality
                         Cotance, Interovic (Interprofessional Agrifood Organization of Sheep and Goats)

18.30              Conclusions

Moderator: Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano (Cotance Confederation of EU Tanners)

Cocktail reception after the event on Ponte dei Mari
(besides Lineapelle Innovation Square area)

The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents which reflects the view only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.