How are these two offerings — Partner Profiles and QR Codes — expected to change the perception of the leather industry?
These tools will enable anybody to just click on a QR code to access the basic information about a facilities demonstration of good practice across the 3 areas of sustainability – environmental, social, governance. As we connect the value chains together, brands will have their own version of this which will link to their supply chains and support their due diligence requirements. Because this is dynamic, whenever a change is made – good or bad, the QR code will always point to the most up to date information instead of just relying on audit information that can be up to two or more years old.
Bringing this into the realm of consumers will help to correct the misinformation that still perpetuates. It will also highlight externally that the leather industry is constantly evolving and is focused on making the manufacture of leather and leather products as sustainable as possible through the adoption of clean technologies and process innovation. Real innovation in our eyes is innovation that improves an existing process without causing a new problem or risk somewhere else as a consequence.
Is this only for SLF members?
The creation of a Transparency Dashboard and the associated tools such as the Partner Profiles and QR codes is only available for partners who commit to the SLF. However, anyone can click the QR codes to see relevant information (they will just only see the top line information not the detail beneath).
Will there be a cost to this?
There is no additional cost to the partners; it was always meant to be part of the vision and those forward-thinking companies that joined us in our development period are now the first to benefit.