Footwear and leather goods sustainability: how it is changing companies

sostenibilità nel settore calzature e pelletteria

A concept that emerged some time ago and which is being proved by increasingly more concrete
examples of business cases. We
see it when talking about B-Corp, but also giving an account on what happened in the Global Footwear Sustainability Summit.

It is now very clear to everyone, that the sustainability issue in general, but also more in detail in the shoes and bags industry, is a particularly complex and multifaceted problem that requires taking care of respecting the environment, but also workers, the social sphere, the finance world, traceability, chemistry, materials...

It is therefore impossible to exhaust or face all the themes and do it once and for all. Also because issues evolve day by day.

In 2021, the Global Footwear Sustainability Summit tried to take stock of the complex sustainability issue with regard to the footwear world, facing many hot fronts in this regard. It dealt with, and we take full account of this, all sectors of the footwear industry: insights into the latest trends in the sector, sustainable solutions, opportunities and innovations...

A positive networking divided into different meeting sessions concerning the 7 pillars of the industry: Chemistry, Materials, Technology for manufacturing production, Packaging and Logistics, Distribution, Recycling and Reuse, Green Finance.

One of the topics that emerged during GFSS 2021 concerned B-Corp, a new way of thinking about companies that, while actively dealing with sustainability, do not forget the primary business instinct to develop profit.

Interesting business cases (Velasca and Euro Brand Management) accompany us in discovering why the need to take the path to transform companies in the sector into B-Corp, the steps to follow, the difficulties and advantages of this certification.

There is also an examination carried out of the state of the art of the fashion industry related to sustainability with data analyses of the US market provided by FDRA, or of the sentiment of the Anglo-Saxon world investigated through a McKinsey research.

Just they way we keep informing about UNIC’s strenuous battle to protect leather against the attacks from some designers and the little consideration that the precious material obtains, being it by its very nature sustainable.

The danger of Greenwashing is always around the corner. Some suggestions to avoid it come from Claudio Marenzi (Herno), Jacopo Schettini Gherardini (Standard Ethics) and Michael Burke (Louis Vuitton).

You can read all the most interesting news about sustainability, green, respect for the environment, linked to the world of footwear and leather goods in the special issue dedicated to sustainability.

Contents inside the special issue:

  • B-Corp certification: ethical businesses are springing up
  • Velasca towards B-Corp certification
  • Euro Brand Management GmbH, a german B-Corp packaging company for the footwear world
  • Global Footwear Sustainability Summit 2021: the new challenge of the supply chain

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