THE LABYRINTH
2. ECONOMIC


Mossop Economic Sustainable Development Goals are represented by four cows placed around the labyrinth. These cows cover the following goals:
2.1 Sustainable Cities and Communities
2.2 Responsible Consumption and Production
2.3 Partnerships for Goals
2.4 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


We take a by-product of the food industry and convert it into a durable component for the upholstery, footwear, and small leather goods industry. Our mission is to be the preferred provider of leather manufacturing solutions through innovation and commitment to excellence while enhancing value to all stakeholders.


2.1 SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIES

We have committed to aligning ourselves with the city's goal of becoming a Fair Trade City. Our role is to ensure we make our tannery an inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable workplace.

Did You Know: As part of reducing our waste to landfills, the local construction industry uses co-products generated from our tanning process to create cement and drywall. At Mossop, we are currently looking at ways of turning our crust and buffing shaving into a substrate for use as a material for the fashion industry.


Darkenstein: Fair Trade City
In December 2020, the Drakenstein Municipal Council, in which jurisdiction Mossop is located decided to declare itself a Fair Trade City. The city of Wellington thus supports goods produced using fair labour practices and production processes that do not harm the environment. Drakenstein is the first city in Africa to work towards Fair Trade certification or acknowledgement. The city took this step in becoming the first Fair Trade City in South Africa.

Local partners:
Mossop Leather has signed on to be part of the city's initiative. It is hoped that the partnerships built through this initiative will encourage investment, development, and growth for our local Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) and communities while also promoting clean air, preserving our landscape's natural beauty and thus developing a strong, healthy, economically sound society.  By signing on to this initiative, we are further motivated to produce a low impact leather to contribute to the city's goals. We aim to do this through sourcing from reputable chemical and service suppliers alike. We are guided by:  •Reach Compliant Chemicals: REACH is a legally binding regulation for registering, evaluating, authorising and restricting chemicals produced in or imported into the European Union. We regularly request certification from our suppliers on their adherence to the EU banned substance lists.  The Life Cycle Assessment methodology allows them to measure a product's environmental impact to help them reduce their ecological footprint in the production of their chemicals.  •To achieve fair city objectives, all solid refuse removal, handling and disposal is contracted to a service provider, namely H&H Waste (solid waste) and CHEMCAPE (liquid waste) removal. We seek to limit the effect on the environment emanating from any activities undertaken. 


2.2 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns in manufacturing of our leather.


2.2 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Fast Facts: WATER CONSUMPTION: Our production's wet blue and rehydration stage see us recycle 3,750 000 litres of water per year (15 million cups of coffee per year).

Cape Town and its neighbouring towns, nearly became the first major city to run out of water completely

We identified future droughts as a potential climate change impact, and we see them as a risk to our operation and possible cause for upheaval in our community, as this poses a threat to food the land produces. We are thus implementing the following measures to monitor, conserve, and recycle water. We are actively measuring our water usage and monitoring it against our previous month/years usage. We aim to show proficiency in controlling our water use.  Rainwater harvesting pool. We have built various artificial pools at critical points at the tannery, which will see rainwater runoff from our roof. The water collections pools are around 10000 litres in size. 


2.2 RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns in producing our leather. Taking responsibility for our waste is a necessary action in the production of our leather. Leather made correctly will give the wearer a lifetime of use. By creating a pathway for bovine hides as a by-product, we limit otherwise effects on landfills.

THE PATHFINDER PROGRAM:

Coined from the Cape Buffalo. The most experienced cows are known as pathfinders. They are responsible for taking the herd to the most beneficial area for grazing and water.


2.3 PARTNERSHIPS FOR GOALS

By aligning ourselves with organisations whose objective is to develop/maintain a protocol that assesses leather manufacturers' environmental compliance and performance capabilities and promotes sustainable environmental practices, it strengthens our case of being serious about the goals of our LEATHERPRINT.



We have appointed a compliance manager in October 2020 who has extensive knowledge and experience of LWG. Our aim is achieve a silver rating from the group. Due to COVID 19 we have decided to delay our audit till November 2022.


We are ISO 9001 certified. ISO 9001 sets out the steps necessary to adopt a quality management system.  It is designed to help organisations ensure they meet the needs and expectations of both customers and other interested parties, based on internationally recognised quality management principles set out by the International Standards Organisation (ISO).


We aim to become a recognised Fair Trade Enterprise by end 2021, through a partnership with the city. The World Fair Trade Organization is a global community of social enterprises that fully practice Fair Trade. Their Guarantee System verifies that their members are truly Fair Trade Enterprises.


The world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative. A call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals. We have based most of our sustainability efforts around SDG of the UN.


2.4 INDUSTRY, INNOVATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation so as to improve our end product making it more durable and longer lasting for the end user.

Did You Know: We are members of SATRA which assist us in being aware of industry trends and innovation.

OUR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT (R&D) FACILITY: is the first of its kind in Africa.

The facility provides customers with the chance to test out new technologies, as well as come up with a solution to limit the effects of our tanning operations

New Technology Developed in R&D Our newest development Optimum High Performance Leather Technologies ensure leather products are more robust and durable, which help to build a reputable brand presence. When a product lasts longer, we use less and can attribute more value to the brand and product to generate positive sales at the retail level while reducing our waste to landfills.