This week, we’re in India preparing for next year’s production of leather items. We make personal visits to ensure that the tanneries are up to scratch.
“Leather is a premium material that we use to create products that will last a long time and just get better with age,” says Marcus Bergman, Head of Sustainability. “That’s why it’s important for us to review our manufacturing very carefully. For this reason, we visit all of the tanneries that make leather for our suppliers. We review everything from the work environment to their use of chemicals,” says Marcus Bergman.
India is one of the world’s leading countries when it comes to leather production. They have a long tradition of leather tanning and manufacturing leather products. But there is also a huge span between different types of production:
“India is a huge country. Actually, it’s so big and multi-faceted that you can’t really regard it as a single country. The various areas and states have different languages, cultures, religions, economies and other conditions. That is reflected in the manufacturing standard, too. You’ll find tanneries that are very advanced in terms of the work environment and environmental issues. But you’ll also find places that do not meet our requirements. So you need to visit, travel around and see how things are with your own eyes. It means spending many hours in the car and on the train, but the result is definitely worth it – a product that both we and our customers can be proud of!” says Marcus Bergman.