How LWG contributes to improving the leather supply chain

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Posted: 01 December 2021

At the upcoming ILM Automotive Leather Supply Chain digital forum on December 16, the Leather Working Group (LWG) will detail its efforts to drive lasting change in the leather industry with a focus on the automotive industry.

As an international non-profit organization and coordinator of the leading ESG standard for the leather industry, the LWG will explain how it is accelerating positive change both through the LWG auditing standard and through strategic projects. .

The main areas of intervention include the appropriate quantification of the environmental footprint of leather, as well as the development of traceability and due diligence upstream of the supply chain, particularly with regard to deforestation and welfare. to be animal.

Established in 2005, the LWG was originally founded by brands and manufacturers to help improve sustainability in the leather industry. Today, it has more than 1,500 members and partners around the world, including brands and retailers, traders, manufacturers, suppliers, associations, NGOs and technical experts.

About the speaker

Christina Trautmann is the program director of the LWG. She joined the organization in 2020, from Adidas, where she worked for several years both at headquarters in Germany and within the sourcing organization in Asia. Most recently, she was responsible for managing the Adidas leather portfolio within the Footwear Materials Sourcing team in Hong Kong. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Sustainable Energy Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Other presentations

Trautmann will be joined by presenters from other key automotive players and leather industry experts to speak on a variety of hot topics affecting the automotive leather industry today. The virtual event will run for 2.5 hours and include a virtual coffee break and feature a total of six presentations + live Q&A and panel discussions.

Topics will include:

  • Key automotive growth projections, opportunities, threats and trends affecting automotive leather stakeholders
  • The use of traceability and blockchain in the leather supply chain and the benefits for OEMs
  • The use of innovative new chemicals for low impact leather and chemicals from renewable carbon sources in modern automotive leather
  • Addressing deforestation and animal welfare in the automotive leather supply chain
  • How to make automotive leather more sustainable with a lower environmental footprint and end-of-life impact
  • How automotive leather performs compared to other competitive materials.

After the presentations, speakers will be invited to participate in a question-and-answer and discussion session with ILM’s Content Director, Martin Ricker, around the following question: what can be done to persuade automotive brands that the Is leather really the sustainable material of the future for the next generation of interiors? Questions from participants will also be addressed.

Buy your ticket now

Hosted and moderated by ILM, the event caters to the entire automotive leather supply chain, including tanners, OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, raw materials, chemicals and suppliers. equipment. Thanks to its digital format, the event will have a global reach, connecting key players in the industry and providing invaluable insights and insights into the market.

All presentations will be in English only.

When is it and how can I attend?

Dated: December 16, 2021

Time: 2:30 p.m. CET (1:30 p.m. GMT)

Delegate price: € 80, plus applicable taxes and fees *

Reservations and delegate payments can be made by clicking here.

* UK and EU delegates may be subject to VAT.

For reservations for multiple delegates, please contact: [email protected]

The ILM Digital Automotive Leather Supply Chain Forum is co-sponsored by TFL, Zschimmer & Schwarz and Stahl. Keep an eye on events section from the ILM website for further presentations and updates.


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