Do you know the impacts your products are having on the people or on the environment? Are you aware of the risks of conversion of natural ecosystems to pastureland or loss of biodiversity for production of raw material for your products?
By knowing where your raw material comes from, you can not only start to measure the impacts of your products, but also understand business implications, such as security of supply and identifying cost savings.
Are you aware of the processes and chemicals required to convert hides into leather or to make synthetic leather and their impact on environment and human health?
Have you put policies in place to ensure decent working conditions? Are you able to ensure these policies are complied with along your supply chains all the way to raw material?
Do you know how the waste by-product of your products is handled? Is it discarded in a responsible manner?
Could your waste be used for other products, in your company or in other companies? Could new, innovative designs and using circular economy initiatives using waste be an exciting opportunity for you?
* This is not an exclusive list of questions to consider.