Automotive leather – a modern & sustainable industry (in-depth report)

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The report covers the following areas:

  • Introduction
  • Methodology & results
  • Animal welfare & traceability
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Governance and best practice
  • Environmental
  • Concluding remarks
Why buy this report?

There is an increasing interest from consumers and from manufacturers for truly sustainable materials and supply chains. Drive Sustainability, a partnership of vehicle manufacturers, is one such group which is looking at the sustainability of the leather and other materials used in vehicle manufacture. 

The sustainability agenda for automotive leather has expanded to include business ethics, people and working conditions, as well as environmental performance. This report seeks to demonstrate where the automotive leather sector has risen to the challenge, and where there is yet more work to do.

This report looks into the issues raised by manufacturers and consumers to address where the automotive leather sector excels, and where the opportunities lie, and to contribute towards the ongoing discussion between the public, vehicle manufacturers, automotive leather tanners and their supply chain.

The report highlights key synchronicities between sustainability criteria raised by consumers and manufacturers and existing certification and management schemes in the automotive leather sector to identify where existing systems can be used identify tanneries that are operating sustainability.

The purpose of this report is to provide a document that gives evidence for the positive aspects of the automotive leather industry, to identify failings, and to propose opportunities for further benefits - such as collaborative opportunities. 

The tanning industry as a whole is being challenged by mis-information that is available regarding leather. This report aims to provide factual information about leather, helping to address some of the misconceptions that are out there.

This report focuses specifically on the automotive leather sector and is inspired by the excellence delivered by the automotive tanneries who have contributed to the report, as well as by “Material Change; a study of the risks and opportunities for collective action in the material supply chains of the automotive and electronic industries”, compiled by Drive Sustainability, the Responsible Minerals Initiative and The Dragonfly Initiative.