The needs of the leather companies have changed over time and the environmental issue has become prevalent in recente years. Increasing consumer awareness about the environmental impact of leather tanning is leading manufacturing industries and large fashion firms to demand more eco-sustainable products and process.
The transition to a business model that focuses on sustainability requires, in the first place, aware and well trained human capital. Leather professionals and businesses, especially micro-enterprises and SMEs, are insufficiently trained for a successful implementation of sustainability and its measures.
Furthermore, well-informed policy making and enforcing institutions with the necessary tools and policies are needed to successfully integrate social, economic, and environmental strategies and initiatives into the industry at a local level.
The SULEAP project aims to:
- Remedy the detected lack of knowledge on sustainability implementation in the leather industry and broaden the knowledge of target groups about the practical implementation with innovative training tools and platforms;
- Raise the awareness of the direct beneficiaries and target groups (professionals, staff and manager in Leather making SMEs and policymakers), as well as indirect beneficiaries (associations, authorities, staff and managers from other relevant industries) about the risks and benefits of sustainability in the leather production;
- Present the opportunities that are emerging for the sector and support them in the transformation of the leather industry into a modern, resource-efficient and competitive industry.
The SULEAP project target groups are professionals, staff and managers in Leather making SMEs and policymakers.