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Sectoral social dialogue - Tanning and leather

Social partners


Employees' organisations Employers' organisations
industriAll European Trade Union Confederation of National Associations of Tanners and Dressers of the European Community
Social dialogue in this sector covers:


  • tanning and dressing of leather
  • manufacturers of luggage, handbags, saddlery and harnesses.

In the EU, more than 115.000 people are employed in the tanning and leather sector.

Production has moved towards higher-quality output and higher-fashion products, with increased focus on and investment in environmental aspects, quality and design.

Major challenges include access to raw materials, difficult market access due to export bans and trade barriers, and counterfeiting.

Focus areas

The Committee is currently focusing on:

  • recognition of tanning and leather as a core industry in the study on fashion industries
  • importance of the European Skills Council
  • managing restructuring at sectoral level.

Activities and meetings

Check the library entries for this sectoral social dialogue committee.


  • Joint statement on the Free Trade Agreement between the EU and Ukraine (2012)
  • Joint statement on the ban of Cr VI in leather and leather products (2012)
  • Joint statement on the Greenpeace report on the deforestation of the Amazon rain forest (2009)

See also "European sectoral social dialogue – recent developments" (2010 brochure).


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