Sustainability

Our Chariman is the Group Chief Sustainability Officer

And ultimately these effects will determine the future of businesses, with those that respond quickly and aggressively not only surviving but thriving, while those that are slow and passive in their response finding themselves struggling to prosper. .

For many years now, we at KH have fully recognised the growing pressures that the issue of sustainability has been exerting upon us. And, we have responded in a wide variety of ways such as choosing the right technology for our operations that would use resources efficiently, minimising the impact on people, environment and society, and following applicable national and international practices for business ethics.

In the realm of leather production, sustainability is a cornerstone of our philosophy. We recognize the environmental challenges associated with traditional practices and, in response, have adopted a holistic approach to minimize our carbon footprint. From sourcing raw materials to crafting the final product, every step is meticulously planned to ensure the least possible impact on the environment.

Our commitment to sustainability extends beyond the surface, influencing the very essence of our leather production. We actively seek eco-friendly alternatives and responsibly sourced materials, striving to strike a balance between quality and environmental consciousness. By embracing cutting-edge technologies and innovative practices, we aim to transform the narrative of the leather industry, promoting a more sustainable and ethical future.

Reducing our carbon footprint is not just a goal; it's a journey we embark upon with each leather creation. We scrutinize our manufacturing processes, exploring energy-efficient methods and waste reduction strategies. Our dedication to sustainability is reflected not only in the final product but in the entire lifecycle of our leather goods.

In choosing our sustainable leather options, customers not only acquire a premium product but also contribute to a collective effort towards a greener world. We believe that by embracing sustainability in leather production, we pave the way for a more responsible and environmentally conscious industry, leaving a positive legacy for future generations.

Is Recycled Leather Eco-Friendly?

While natural leather in its true form is biodegradable and environmentally friendly, the manufacturing process, particularly tanning, introduces elements that hinder decomposition. The waste generated during leather goods production poses environmental challenges due to the altered chemistry of processed leather.

Recycled leather emerges as a sustainable solution, mitigating the environmental impact associated with traditional tanning methods. It not only reduces waste but also provides an affordable alternative to genuine leather products. The resulting items are lightweight, durable, and contribute to long-lasting, eco-friendly consumer choices.

Furthermore, the production of recycled leather is environmentally conscious, avoiding pollution and minimizing toxic waste. This ensures that the end product is clean and safe for the environment, aligning with the principles of sustainable and responsible manufacturing.

Sustainability View

The leather used in our products comes from a tannery audited and certified by the Leather Working Group (LWG), which is the highest environmental standard in terms of leather tanning. This standard requires tanneries to reduce their water and energy consumption, as well as their use of potentially hazardous substances. The tanneries we work with are located in Ranipet District,India and are committed partners who work with us in our efforts for responsible sourcing and continuous improvement (implementation of material traceability systems, fighting against deforestation practices).

As KH Group enters a new decade, the term ‘sustainability’, with all its conflicting interests, pressures and demands, remains a challenge for us all, and one that is likely to grow in importance and impact.The term ‘sustainability’ can mean different things to different people, depending on their interests and perspective. That is why, we at KHEIPL have decided to define sustainability in our own terms, drawing of course on widely accepted definitions so that we can be clear both internally and externally as to exactly what our Vision is within this demanding arena.

Sustainability Framework

We have also looked inwardly at our aims, policies, structures and processes; and from that inward appraisal, we have concluded to make some changes. What we have come to recognise is that the scale of the sustainability challenge that we face now, and the likelihood of its inevitable growth in the years and decades ahead, means that we now need a bolder approach that places sustainability even more firmly at the heart of our business. To this end, and in addition to the development of our Sustainability Vision, we have created a series of policies that outline, clearly and succinctly, our aims and objectives in relation to the many and varied sustainability issues our business faces; and to create a Sustainability Framework, a detailed management structure that will stretch right across our business and will provide the foundations on which our policies’ aims and objectives will be realised.

Finally, we are engaging with and involving all our employees across all our sites through sharing, training, educating and equipping. Why ? Because the fulfilment of policies, the achievement of aims, and the successful implementation of our Framework, rely most of all on harnessing the passion and enthusiasm of every individual within the KH Group.