Stahl and PUM join forces to promote sustainable leather industry in developing countries

21 March 2016

As of February 2016, chemical company Stahl and PUM are joining forces with the objective to contribute to the development of the leather industry in developing countries.

Aimed at improving sustainable business results, promoting self-help capacity and increasing local employment, the ultimate goal is to combat poverty. Expert technicians working for Stahl will contribute their skills, knowledge and network in order to create a more sustainable leather segment in selected regions in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

PUM Netherlands senior experts (PUM) is a non-profit organization founded by Dutch employers' organization VNO-NCW in 1978. PUM supports small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in developing countries by deploying senior experts (all volunteers) for repetitive short-term advisory missions on the work floor.

"PUM also advises SMEs in the leather sector, but since the leather sector has been disappearing from the Netherlands in recent years, we have had fewer senior experts with knowledge of the leather process at our disposal. By partnering up with Stahl this will be history," Thijs van Praag, CEO at PUM, explains.

"Joining forces with PUM offers Stahl a great opportunity to make a positive difference on a global scale", says Michael Costello, Director of Sustainability at Stahl. With its innovative power, expertise and range of technical solutions, Stahl is able to deliver best in class solutions and services. "By cooperating with such a strong organization and its partners we believe we can secure a better and more sustainable future for thousands of people", Costello continues.

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