UN to conduct tannery survey
The UNECE is researching transparency and traceability within leather and textile production.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is taking the lead in organising a survey called ‘Traceability for sustainable value chains – textile and leather sector’. This will target experts and companies engaged in the various stages of the textiles and leather value chain, and/or working on the sustainability performance of these materials.
The UNECE – along with a number of experts from academia, governments, international governmental and non-governmental organisations (including the International Trade Centre), and the private sector, has reportedly considered the risks and impacts of leather and textile production. In line with this, the organisation has launched an investigative project for an international framework initiative into ‘transparency and traceability for sustainability patterns’.
All tanneries are being invited to participate in the survey, which is described by the Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community as an important exercise ‘for evidencing at international level the position of the leather industry with regard to this important issue’. The aim of the project is to develop principles and policy recommendations, as well as standards and implementation guidelines for the traceability of sustainable value chains in the textile and leather industries.
This article was originally published on page 4 of the September 2018 issue of SATRA Bulletin.