WWF implores leather sector to drive change at ILM auto forum

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Published:  22 November, 2021
Credit: Patrik Carlberg

On December 16, World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Mauricio Bauer will speak to members of the automotive leather industry about the importance of standing up to spread the message of sustainability to the rest of the supply chain.

During his presentation, Bauer will explore the responsibility of the automotive leather segment to affect critical issues such as deforestation. As an industry segment, auto manufacturers are one of the largest consumers of bovine leathers globally and WWF believes this puts the industry in a privileged position to promote change and be part of the solution to transform the leather value chain, requesting enhanced sustainability practices, tracking and monitoring aimed at decoupling deforestation from beef and leather production.

About Mauricio Bauer

Mauricio Bauer is Senior Director for Beef and Leather Supply Chains for WWF U.S., with 20+ years of executive corporate experience in agricultural commodities in the United States, Australia and Brazil.

He provides strategic coordination and guidance to coalition partners, including market actors, NGOs, academics and government representatives in the development and execution of WWF’s global beef and leather strategies to eliminate the loss and degradation of tropical and sub-tropical forest ecosystems in Latin America that result from the production of beef and leather.

Further presentations

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

Topics will include:

  • Growth projections, opportunities, threats and key automotive trends affecting auto leather stakeholders
  • The use of blockchain in the leather supply chain and the benefits for OEMs
  • The use of new innovative low impact leather chemicals and chemicals from renewable carbon sources in modern automotive leather
  • Tackling 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 versus other competing materials.

Following the presentations, the speakers will be invited to take part in a Q&A and discussion session with ILM Content Director Martin Ricker around the following question: What can be done to persuade car brands that leather is really the sustainable material of the future for next generation interiors? Attendee questions will also be addressed.

Purchase your ticket now

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

All presentations will be held in English only.

When is it and how can I attend?

Date: December 16, 2021

Time: 2.30pm CET (1:30pm GMT)

Delegate Price: €80, plus any applicable taxes and fees*

Delegate bookings and payments can be made by clicking here.

*UK and EU delegates may be subject to VAT.

For multiple delegate bookings, please contact: clare@edifydigitalmedia.com.

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