BLC ILM Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017

Prominent brand, retail, chemical and legal representatives will be taking part in the open panel discussion, sponsored by TFL, at the upcoming conference this November. This professional panel will be tackling topical leather sustainability issues from across the leather supply chain.

The Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017 is sponsored by StahlSmit & zoon and TFL, and is supported by Lonza. The half-day conference will be held on Thursday 16th November at One Great George St., Westminster, London and is jointly organised by BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd (BLC) and International Leather Maker (ILM).

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Panel Sponsor: TFL

TFL is a globally operating company offering specialty chemicals for the leather industry. It is the only company of its size exclusively focused on solutions for leather manufacturing.

TFL’s business activities consist of the development, production and marketing of specialty chemicals such as tanning agents and dyestuffs, with which their customers, the tanneries, create leather. In addition, TFL supports their customers and their business partners with tailor-made solutions for the whole leather manufacturing process – from beamhouse through to finishing.

In 14 countries with 16 subsidiaries on 3 continents, over 900 employees work for the company, making it one of the top leather chemicals companies in the world. TFL has an active presence in 90 countries aided by the activities of about 50 agents and distributors.

It is TFL’s aim to continuously evaluate additional fields of application and bringing fresh ideas onto the leather market. For their customer’s TFL creates enthusiasm with new ideas and innovative concepts.

View TFL’s full company profile on the BLC website.


Panel Members

Dr. Jürgen Christner, Head of Development, Product Safety and Product Quality at TFL Ledertechnik

Jürgen has led TFL’s product development group since 2007 and is also responsible for the Product Safety and Quality Department. Jürgen brings over 30 years of experience in developing product solutions for the tanning industry with a strong focus on ecology.

Hugues Pichon, Project Director at LVMH 

Hugues manages some of the raw material partnerships and leather innovation for the group and oversees raw material sourcing and supply for fashion and leather goods brands. Hugues has gained over 10 years of experience in the luxury goods sector in leathergoods production and development.

Phil Townsend, Sustainable Raw Materials Specialist at Marks & Spencer 

Phil works across all clothing and homeware areas and is supporting the drive towards a more sustainable business model with regards to the sourcing of raw materials and fibres, the processing and dyeing of textiles and fabrics, and delivering sustainable factories.
Tara Luckman, Senior Sustainability Manager at ASOS

Tara is highly experienced in the retail and corporate responsibility environment and is passionate about making the fashion industry more sustainable. Tara has worked on international sustainability projects and leads strategic programs with strong stakeholder engagement.

Michelle Linderman, Partner at Crowell & Moring LLP

Michelle is a member of Crowell & Moring’s International Trade Group in the firm’s London office. An English qualified solicitor with nearly 20 years of experience, Michelle advises clients on UK and EU trade and financial sanctions, and has a particular interest in the Modern Slavery Act.


Conference Agenda

This year’s recently confirmed conference agenda incorporates exciting and forward-thinking leather sustainability topics:

12.15      Registration Tea/Coffee

12.45      Opening Remarks

13.00      NEXT on Modern Slavery – The Importance of Transparency
Chris Grayer, Next Holdings Ltd

13.30      Modern Slavery Act Update
Speaker to be confirmed

14.00      Full Traceability in Cattle Supply Chains, New Opportunities in Brazil
Nathalie Walker, National Wildlife Federation

14.30      Product Passport – Transparency in Chemistry
Pim Wilgenburg, Smit & zoon

15.00      BREAK

15.30      Cleaning up the Ganges: A Public Private Partnership for the Kanpur leather cluster
Michael Costello, Stahl

16.00      ZDHC: The Implementation Experience
Frank Michel, ZDHC

16.30      Introducing ChemMAP – a new system to verify upstream chemical formulations
Peter Gregory, Vert-Tex

17.00      Open Panel Discussion – Sustainability: The Big Picture – Sponsored by TFL
Panel Members: Dr. Jürgen Christner – TFL, Hugues Pichon – LVMH, Phil Townsend – Marks & Spencer, Tara Luckman – ASOS, Michelle Linderman – Crowell & Moring                                     

17.30      Close

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The cost of the conference will be £310 + VAT per delegate and will be invoiced at the time of registration.

Discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same company:

  • 5% discount for the second delegate registered
  • 10% discount for the third delegate and any subsequent delegates registered

A 3.5% administration fee will be applied to all credit card payments. Payment must be received prior to the date of the conference otherwise attendance may be refused.


Register Your Place Today

Don’t miss out on this leading leather sustainability conference. Register your attendance today by completing the registration form and returning it to Deborah Taylor at:


Sponsorship opportunities

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Maria Wallace at: or Jackie Trailor at:


View the agenda and find out more about the Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017.

Prominent Brand, Retail, Chemical and Legal Representatives to Participate in Panel Sponsored by TFL at Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference 2017
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