Bentley Motors becomes automotive member of UK’s Leather Working Group

September 01, 2021 - United Kingdom

British luxury car company, Bentley Motors, has become the first car manufacturer to join the Leather Working Group. As part of their ambition to become the world’s most sustainable automotive brand, Bentley has joined the Leather Working Group (LWG). Bentley now leads the way for responsible leather use within the global automotive supply chain.

Bentley joins 190 other brands and retailers that have also become members of LWG in support of LWG’s efforts to drive excellence in environmental, social, and governance aspects of the leather industry.

As a member of the LWG, Bentley will be provided access to the member area, which hosts various resources, including webinar slides and recordings, meeting minutes, technical advisory documents, and more. In addition, they will be able to join LWG’s member meetings, contribute to sub-groups on specific topics, and making customer-facing claims. Bentley is now onboarding their leather suppliers through LWG certification, via the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol 7.0 (P7), to ensure their leather supply chain is operating in a responsible manner, according to a LWG press release.

“We are thrilled to have Bentley onboard the LWG. This is a positive first step for the automotive sector to address challenges within their material supply chain. We are keen to engage with the automotive OEMs and hope this will encourage others to engage with our programme.” Christina Trautmann, the LWG’s programme manager said in a statement.

“The use of leather and coachbuilding are hallmarks of our hundred-year-old history. Our cutters and trimmers are experts in their fields and the fact that so many of our heritage models still exist with their original interiors, demonstrates the longevity of leather as a core material to us. As the first automotive member of the LWG, we look forward to working with the group to actively shape the future of sustainably sourced leather in our sector,” Mark Cooke, Bentley’s head of production purchasing said.