How the LWG is driving improvement across the leather supply chain

Published:  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 sustainable change in the leather industry with a focus on the automotive industry.

As an international not-for-profit membership organisation and co-ordinator of the leading ESG standard for the leather industry, the LWG will speak on how it is accelerating positive change both through the LWG audit standard and strategic projects.

Key focus areas include properly quantifying the environmental footprint of leather, as well as developing traceability and due diligence upstream in the supply chain, especially related to deforestation and animal welfare.

Created in 2005, the LWG was originally founded by brands and manufacturers to drive sustainability improvements in the leather industry. Today, it has more than 1,500 members and partners worldwide, including brands and retailers, traders, manufacturers, suppliers, associations, NGOs and technical experts.

About the speaker

Christina Trautmann is the Programme Manager of the LWG. She joined the organisation in 2020, coming from Adidas, where she worked for several years both at the headquarters in Germany and within the sourcing organisation in Asia. Most recently, she was responsible for managing the Adidas leather portfolio in the footwear material sourcing team in Hong Kong. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemical Engineering, and an MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering from the University of Cape Town.

Further presentations

Trautmann 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 traceability and 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.