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BMW Group highlights commitment to sustainability by joining Leather Working Group

The membership will help the group to find and use responsibly sourced leather

January 27, 2022: Underlining its sustainability goals, the BMW Group has become the second automotive manufacturer worldwide to join the Leather Working Group. The aim of the not-for-profit, multi-stakeholder organization is to ensure uniform environmental and social standards for leather supply chains worldwide and to certify manufacturers. The Leather Working Group represents about a quarter of the world’s leather producers – from tanneries to leather-processing industries and associations to retailers and buyers.

BMW Group leather sourcing sustainable

Nadine Philipp, BMW Group’s head of Sustainability in the Supply Chain, Energy, said, “Leather is still in demand from our customers – depending on the model and region – and is very important in the premium segment. That is why supporting sustainable production and processing of leather at our suppliers is a priority for us. At the same time, we still want all our customers worldwide to be able to choose the optimal product, so we also offer leather-free vehicle equipment options.”

The BMW Group already sources all leather in the BMW iX from a certified manufacturer. The natural leather used is tanned in an especially environmentally-friendly process that relies on olive leaf extract. The BMW Group already offers leather-free alternatives, including textile options, Alcantara and SensaTec. The company is also conducting research into resource-efficient leather alternatives, such as Deserttex, which is made from cactus fibers, and the durable and fully recyclable plant-based Mirum, from the startup Natural Fiber Welding, in which BMW i Ventures acquired a stake in 2021.

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