Sustainability forms the foundation of Stahl's vision for the future and using that concept we organized the Sustainability for Leather conference in Pakistan's second city, Lahore. With a presence of over 200 tanners, academics and other Pakistanis connected to the leather industry, the conference had a wide scope. The Minister of Environment from the Pakistani province of Punjab was one of the prominent speakers.
Call to action: stop using harmful chemicals
In Punjab, you’ll find many active tanners. At the conference, Minister Shuja Khanzada called on them to stop the use of harmful chemicals in their daily routines. A lot of these chemicals are not only bad for the health of the workers themselves, but also for the world in which we all live. The Minister pointed out the alternatives, telling them about the many water-based, environmentally friendly chemicals that are available. Another major theme touched upon by Minister Shuja Khanzada was the processing of waste. For generations tanning-methods in Pakistan are passed over from father to son and the Minister stressed the benefits of modernizing the leather industry so that both people and the environment can benefit.
Cooperation within the entire supply chain
Everyone at the conference agreed that only through cooperation within the entire supply chain of the leather industry, real and lasting effects in regard to sustainability can be achieved. With that message ringing in their ears, all the attendees left the Stahl Sustainability for Leather conference in Lahore with a positive and inspired feeling.
Previously, Stahl organized similar conferences in India and Bangladesh. The attendance in Pakistan, just like India and Bangladesh earlier, demonstrates that the entire chain is open to sustainability. As Stahl, we think that it is our responsibility to accelerate the process.
In the near future Stahl is going to organize Sustainability for Leather conferences in other countries. All these conferences will be held in the local language to increase the impact amongst local tanners and other visitors. Besides visiting new countries with Sustainability for Leather, we will also return to Pakistan, India and Bangladesh to reinforce the message of sustainability.