As an industry-led and consumer-focused organisation, the Sustainable Leather Foundation (SLF) addresses the responsibilities of the leather industry towards a sustainable future. At its heart is its visionary Transparency Dashboard which, linked to a certification standard, assesses the compliance and performance of leather manufacturers and associated facilities.
Paul Bridge, deputy vice president of Softlines – head of footwear services at SGS, says: “We are delighted to become a contributing partner to the SLF, an organisation which is passionate in its ambition to provide a transparent, inclusive and holistic approach to sustainability across the leather industry.
He continues: “As sustainability leaders, our purpose is to enable a better, safer and more interconnected world for all stakeholders, and we welcome the opportunity this partnership provides to guide the industry on its own sustainability journey.”
SGS seeks to generate a positive impact in three different areas: A better planet, a better society, and better governance, through its corporate Sustainability Ambitions 2030, which set a roadmap for the firm to continue to raise the bar of its sustainability performance.
Deborah Taylor, managing director of SLF adds: “For us at SLF, having this commitment from SGS through their partnership proves that we are on the right path for providing a sustainable future for the leather industry.
“As a new Foundation, still in our first full partnership year, to be able to work with industry experts and specialists at SGS is a significant step in the right direction. We have the vision of how to provide a true value-added service, but we realise that vision requires support and access to global knowledge and infrastructure. Not only has SGS supported us through partnership, but the company is also going to be working with us to provide on the ground support for training, testing and auditing around the world.”
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SGS recently promoted Yvonne Tse to the role of vice president of Global Softlines, helping to align its products and services with the increasingly complex textile and apparel industry.
Click here to read Just Style’s interview with Tse following her appointment.