Project Codes | 2021-1-PT01-KA220-VET-000028054

Action Type: KA220-VET – Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training

National Agency responsible for the project: PT01 – Portuguese National Agency Erasmus+ Educação e Formação

Project Designation | SULEAP – Developing skills towards a Sustainable Leather Production

Co-funded by the European Union | Erasmus+ Programme

Beginning | 01-11-2021

Conclusion | 01-05-2024

Overall Grant | 326 892,00 €


Beginning | 01-11-2021

Conclusion | 01-05-2024

Overall Grant | 326 892,00 €

Beginning | 01-11-2021

Conclusion | 01-05-2024

Overall Grant | 326 892,00 €


Main Objectives | The SULEAP project aims to:

  • Remedy the detected lack of knowledge on sustainability implementation in the leather industry and broaden the knowledge of target groups about the practical implementation with innovative training tools and platforms.
  • Raise the awareness of the direct beneficiaries and target groups (professionals, staff and manager in Leather making SMEs and policymakers), as well as indirect beneficiaries (associations, authorities, staff, and managers from other relevant industries) about the risks and benefits of sustainability in the leather production.
  • Present the opportunities that are emerging for the sector and support them in the transformation of the leather industry into a modern, resource-efficient, and competitive industry.


The needs of the leather companies have changed over time and the environmental issue has become prevalent in recent years. Increasing consumer awareness about the environmental impact of leather tanning is leading manufacturing industries and large fashion firms to demand more eco-sustainable products and process.

The transition to a business model that focuses on sustainability requires, in the first place, aware and well-trained human capital. Leather professionals and businesses, especially micro-enterprises, and SMEs, are insufficiently trained for a successful implementation of sustainability and its measures.

Furthermore, well-informed policy making and enforcing institutions with the necessary tools and policies are needed to successfully integrate social, economic, and environmental strategies and initiatives into the industry at a local level.


The SULEAP project target groups are professionals, staff and managers in Leather making SMEs and policymakers.

Participating Organizations:


CTIC (Portugal) – Centro Tecnológico das Indústrias do Couro


CRETHIDEV (Greece): Creative Thinking Development

UdL (Spain): Universidad de Lleida

CGS (Italy): C.G.S. Di Coluccia Michele & C.S.A.S.

EGE (turkey): Ege University

VC (Portugal): Virtual Campus, Lda

IPS (Poland): Siec Badawcza Lukasiewicz – Instytut Przemyslu Skorzanego

DARVI (Greece): D. Arvanitopoulos & Sons S.A

DETEK (Turkey): Deri Teknologlari Teknisyenleri ve Kimyacilari Dernegi