National Social and Environmental Reports
Leather is a fascinating material! You know this since you are dealing with the leather sector as a supplier or a customer, or as a credit institution or a public authority, or simply as a consumer.
Leather is a natural product that, thanks to the tanning process, has obtained a number of performance, quality and aesthetic characteristics for embellishing a myriad of consumer articles of our modern lifestyles. People like leather for many and varied good reasons and as informed consumers they are also increasingly interested in assurances that the articles they buy have been produced in a socially and environmentally correct way.
What you may not know yet is that the European Tanning Industry has embarked in a process of continuing progress in social accountability and environmental performance. The Social Partners of the Leather/Tanning Industry at European level signed in 2000 an ambitious Social Code of Conduct for the sector and in 2008 a Framework Agreement on Social & Environmental Reporting. European Tanners want to be perceived as frontrunners in social and environmental excellence.
Hereunder you will find the National Social & Environmental Reports from Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Some of them were presented in joint seminars and at the Main Event organized in the framework of the project. It is a first and it is meant to be a baseline for regularly evidencing progress towards increased performance. When reading these National Reports you will learn more from their leather producers and we hope that you will find good reasons for continuously supporting European tanners in the field of your competence not only to produce the best leathers worldwide, but also those with the highest standards in social accountability and environmental performance.
Gustavo Gonzalez-Quijano - Secretary General - COTANCE
Patrick Itschert - Secretary General - ETUF:TCL