Podcast: Leather and deforestation - How can the industry be part of the solution?

Published:  06 December, 2021
Credit: Felipe Dias

ILM Content Director Martin Ricker is joined by Leather and Hide Council of America (LHCA) President Stephen Sothmann and Mauricio Bauer, Senior Director, Beef & Leather Supply Chains at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to discuss the cattle and leather, as a by-product of cattle raising, industries links to deforestation in the latest free-to-download episode of View from the Top, the ILM podcast.

Titled: Leather and deforestation: How can the industry be part of the solution? Mauricio Bauer outlines why the WWF has recently signed a number of MoU’s with various actors in the leather industry, including with the LHCA, and how it hopes to work collaboratively with the sector to tackle illegal deforestation and its potentially devastating impact on climate change for the planet.  

Listen to the discussion between these key figures as they unpack the sensitive issue and delve into misunderstandings around leather’s link to the livestock industry, what leather can do and its responsibility within the leather supply chain, and the future of the legislation landscape post-COP26.

The free-to-download and listen to episode is live now, and also available on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Podcasts. This episode of View from the Top was sponsored by the Leather and Hide Council of America.

Who are the guests?

Stephen Sothmann is the President of the LHCA. In this role, Stephen represents and promotes the interests of the U.S. hides, skins and leather industry before a wide range of stakeholders, including U.S. and foreign governments, industry trade associations, media outlets, and other organisations related to global leather production and trade.

He was appointed to this role in 2013 after serving as Director of International Affairs for three years in a previous iteration of the organisation.

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.

Check out the podcast

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Each episode of ILM’s podcast series is designed to appeal to all parts of the leather supply chain, including tanners, traders, suppliers, academia and research organisations, OEMs, brands, and retailers.