Leathergoods and Footwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association of Bangladesh (LFMEAB) in association with Leather Sector Business Promotion Council (LSBPC) jointly organised a knowledge workshop on traceability and sustainability in the leather supply chain at a local hotel in Dhaka Thursday.
Consulting Service International Ltd (CSI), a leading research organization in this area, conducted the session. In their presentation, experts elaborated on the requirements of traceability: such as background information, benefits, requirements, relevant actors, potential technical solutions, etc.
The workshop was told that buyers from the EU and the US and the consumers of their products are increasingly becoming sensitive to transparency about leather supply chain.
“Now factories in Bangladesh face difficulties in obtaining information on the origin of the raw hides and skins and generally have no knowledge of recognising and preventing the procurement of raw material from unsustainable sources, therefore, government intervention is very crucial for ensuring traceability,” said a statement.
Sustainability campaigns demand transparency at every stage of the value chain. Environmentally-friendly brands and buyers increasingly opt for making information regarding their suppliers freely available to end consumers.
International standards group, such as the Leather Working Group (LWG), has already included hide traceability as a relevant criterion into their protocol. Hence, traceability is becoming an essential business practice for sourcing companies.
“In this context of sustainability, traceability is a tool to assure and verify sustainability claims associated with products, ensuring good practice and respect for people and the environment all along the supply chain,” the statement added.
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