Marc Smit is the 7th generation owner of Smit & Zoon and currently living in Amsterdam with his family.

“I want to leave something behind for future generations which is more than just a smooth-running company. I want to build a company in which not only employees but also society, can take pride, by making the industry in which we are active more sustainable. As a father, as a citizen, and as an entrepreneur, I am very well aware that the leather industry is a polluting sector. We are therefore doing a lot to reduce the burden on the environment. In the production chain of the leather sector, we are situating our tannins closer and closer to the end products. We want to prevent the negative aspects of our footprint as much as possible, or at least keep them as small as possible. An example of that is what we are doing to minimize and eliminate the use of polluting chromium compounds.”

The worldwide mission of Smit & Zoon is “Creating a socially and environmentally sustainable leather value chain by 2025”.