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The BLC Chem-MAP Programme is a new, innovative way of certifying the MRSL compliance of supplied chemical formulations to ZDHC conformance level 1 and level 3. This unique and easy-to-use programme has been developed in partnership with Vert-Tex, a supplier of chemical-based consultancy services, and has recently been approved by ZDHC.

Peter Gregory, founder of Vert-Tex, will be launching the BLC Chem-MAP Programme exclusively at the half-day Leather & Sustainability in Retail Conference on Thursday 16th November 2017.

A ZDHC-Approved System
The BLC Chem-MAP Programme is one of only a handful of ZDHC approved systems and provides chemical manufacturers the coveted option of achieving level 3 according to the ZDHC conformance criteria.

How Chem-MAP Benefits the Leather Value Chain
Chem-MAP addresses chemical verification early in the supply chain to mitigate the risk of restricted substances entering the manufacturing process.

Chem-MAP Chemical Verification
Chem-MAP verifies the supply of responsible chemical formulations into the leather supply chain via audit and supplier assessment modules, in addition to an intelligent testing programme.

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About Peter Gregory, Vert-Tex

Peter has worked with chemical manufacturers for almost 45 years, including Chemische Industrie Basel (Ciba) based in Switzerland, and later for the international company Huntsman Textile Effects.

Peter returned to the UK in March 2017 where he is currently consulting to brands and BLC. Peter’s consultancy work is based on his passionate commitment to improving the management of chemicals within the whole supply chain, and thus reducing impacts to both human health and the environment.

Peter was born in England and is a Chartered Colourist. He has received the President’s Diploma of Honour from the Society of Dyers and Colourists. He also has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Salford and a Management Diploma from the Open University in the UK.

View the Chem-MAP presentation synopsis and Peter Gregory’s profile online.


Conference Agenda

This year’s recently confirmed conference agenda incorporates exciting and forward-thinking leather sustainability topics:

12.15      Registration Tea/Coffee

12.45      Opening Remarks

13.00      NEXT on Modern Slavery – The Importance of Transparency
Chris Grayer, Next Holdings Ltd

13.30      Modern Slavery Act Update
Michelle Linderman, Crowell & Moring

14.00      Full Traceability in Cattle Supply Chains, New Opportunities in Brazil
Simon Hall, National Wildlife Federation

14.30      Product Passport – Transparency in Chemistry
Pim Wilgenburg, Smit & zoon

15.00      BREAK

15.30      Cleaning up the Ganges: A Public Private Partnership for the Kanpur leather cluster
Michael Costello, Stahl

16.00      ZDHC: The Implementation Experience
Frank Michel, ZDHC

16.30      Introducing ChemMAP – a new system to verify upstream chemical formulations
Peter Gregory, Vert-Tex

17.00      Open Panel Discussion – Sustainability: The Big Picture – Sponsored by TFL

Panel Members:

Dr. Jürgen Christner, TFL
Hugues Pichon, LVMH
Phil Townsend, Marks & Spencer
Tara Luckman, ASOS
Michelle Linderman, Crowell & Moring                                     

17.30      Close

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The cost of the conference will be £310 + VAT per delegate and will be invoiced at the time of registration.

Discounts are available for multiple registrations from the same company:

  • 5% discount for the second delegate registered
  • 10% discount for the third delegate and any subsequent delegates registered

A 3.5% administration fee will be applied to all credit card payments. Payment must be received prior to the date of the conference otherwise attendance may be refused.


Register Your Place Today

Don’t miss out on this leading leather sustainability conference. Register your attendance today by completing the registration form and returning it to Deborah Taylor at:


Sponsorship opportunities

If you would like to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Maria Wallace at: or Jackie Trailor at:

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New ZDHC-Approved System for MRSL Certification Announced: The BLC Chem-MAP Programme

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