Guido Vergani Award

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Italian “Guido Vergani” award for Andrea Guolo

VerganiThe famous Italian “Guido Vergani” award for the reporter of the year 2011 went to Andrea Guolo, longstanding journalist of the Italian Magazine MdP La Conceria. The official ceremony took place on Saturday, November 26 in Milan where the editor of Corriere della Sera, Ferruccio De Bortoli, and the president of the group Reporters Lombardi, Rosi Brandi handed over the award.

Andrea Guolo, journalist of the Italian Leather industry magazine MdP La Conceria, was honored Saturday, November 26th in Milan (Press Club) as the winner of the award "Reporter of the Year 2011", dedicated to the memory of Guido Vergani. The award celebrates the author of a series of reports published by the weekly magazine MdP La Conceria on toxic shoes sold in stores in Milan's Chinatown.

The award was presented by the director of the Corriere della Sera, Ferruccio De Bortoli (Jury President) and the president of the group of Lombardian Reporters, Rosi Brandi.

"Poison Shoes," it said in its citation. "In the heart of Milan's Chinatown shops, displayed and sold for a few euros where “made in Italy” is fake and fake is the leather. Real is only the content of hexavalent chromium, a highly toxic substance for those who come into contact. The investigation, in the tradition of investigative journalism, results in seizures and complaints, but especially in the unveiling of the terrible threats of fakes and that the price dumping policies can lead to health risks in unaware consumers. The report by Andrea Guolo embodies the rigor of a reporter and demonstrates once more the inescapable social function of journalism and research related to the facts. "

For the author it is the third award of 2011, after the award "Goose Pen", ranked first in the publishing industry (with Gian Omar Bison), for the book "Men and Meat. A journey where the food is born "(publisher Franco Angeli), and after being a finalist for the award" Communicating corporate conscience "with a chapter of" Mafia in the pot ", dedicated to wine Centopassi and titled" The Mafia goes, the wine remains".

Bologna, November 28, 2011


EU Regulation on Textile Labelling

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COTANCE complains against the adoption by the EU of a penalising descriptor for
Leather on Textile clothing labels

The representatives of the European Leather Industry meeting in Council in Rome regret the approval of the EU Regulation on Textile Names and Labelling of Textile products by the European Parliament last 15 May 2011.  That vote opens the way to a compulsory labelling for leather trims on clothing to be sold in the EU that penalises leather with a denigrating descriptor.

The presence of leather as a trim in a textile clothing will have to be indicated with the mention “Contains non-textile parts of animal origin”.

Such a mention denies the material “Leather” the right to be called by its name! Describing leather by other than its name is likely to cause confusion and dis-educate consumers to the detriment of the sector’s cultural and industrial heritage.

Allergic sufferers – the alleged beneficiaries of the rule - are not served by a mention that does not specifically address the cause of their problems while the adopted message associates a negative image to a number of products of animal origin that have a well gained legitimacy. It is highly concerning that the affected sectors have not been consulted at all by public authorities and that the economic and social consequences on supply chains have not been assessed.

COTANCE expressed its objections to the EP amendments implementing this provision in a letter to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the EU Council Presidency in March 2010. COTANCE regrets that its views have been simply ignored and its concerns unanswered.

The European Leather industry calls on the EU institutions to reconsider the implementation of this particular label indication and to finally develop the much-expected Regulation of Leather Terms and Labelling of Leather articles that the leather sector and European consumers deserve.

Rome, 16 June 2011


UKLF presents new strategy at the House of Lord

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UKLF Launch Leather Industry Strategy

On Tuesday 13 September 2011, Baroness Falkner of Margravine welcomed the UK leather industry in the Attlee Room at the House of Lords. In this  collaborative event between UKLF and the University of Northampton, Reg Hankey, UKLF Board Member, introduced the new leather industry strategy.


- Press release by University of Northampton
- Mr Hankey's speech
- Mr Petford's speech
- UKLF Strategy document
Further Information: Paul Pearson, UK Leather Federation, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Tannery of the Year

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HELLER-LEDER elected “Tannery of the Year” at the Shanghai Fair

hellerThere were 40 first class tanneries nominated, but the international jury selected HELLER-LEDER, the German Tannery based in Hehlen, for this prestigious award.  The award honours achievements in the areas of technical innovation, environmental and social responsibility, and commitment to Society, customer care and economic sustainability.

In a solemn ceremony regional winners were first announced, with HELLER-LEDER being voted the best in Europe. But HELLER-LEDER finally became the overall winner among all the regional winners from Africa, North and South America, Asia, China and Europe.

Crowned "TANNERY OF THE YEAR 2011", the family owned company HELLER-LEDER was founded in 1920 and employs today 165 people.


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