The manifesto highlights how leather and other natural materials can make the best use of the resources available and to do so without diminishing them or causing harm to the environment.

It reads: “Leather manufacture can create opportunities for employment, wealth generation and security in deprived regions, both directly and in associated industries. Greater use of natural materials would create jobs, reduce waste and could be a direct driver of more sustainable agricultural practice.”

Dr Kerry Senior, Secretary of the ICT, added: “There are huge opportunities for leather manufacture to create wealth and jobs across the globe while avoiding the waste of an unavoidable raw material. Leather is an ideal choice to meet the growing consumer, brand and legislative requirements for more sustainable materials that can readily become part of the circular economy.”

Click here to read the full COP28 Leather Manifesto and see a full list of the signatories.