With the aim of continuously improving the sustainable practices of the Italian tanning industry, UNIC and ICEC have signed an agreement with WWF to promote a series of initiatives aimed at enhancing ESG – Environmental, Social Governance practices among their members. The goal is that of establishing and reinforcing the position of the Italian tanning industry as a leader of sustainability in the sector and promoting a substantial contribution to the leather area worldwide. The terms of the agreement regard deforestation, the traceability of raw materials, the protection of the environment and water management. Key elements for the sustainable development of the sector, which, thanks to the positioning of Italian companies, can increase the creation of more ethical leather supply chains, especially through social-environmental guarantees on the origins of the raw materials. The partners will make scientific data and solutions available to companies in supporting the adoption of solid systems and processes to construct, implement and demonstrate progress in their commitment. At the same time, they will help the companies more effectively develop an open dialogue with the supply chain’s stakeholders, the academic world and non-governmental organisations, public and financial institutions, media, and public opinion. “The Italian leather sector is perfectly positioned to continue its contribution to global leather sustainability, especially when it comes to sourcing criteria of bovine hides and skins, and decoupling tropical deforestation from leather supply chains. – declares Mauricio S. Bauer, WWF USA – Italian leather companies provide a fundamental leverage in transforming the cattle sector in threatened geographies and WWF believes this collaboration with UNIC and ICEC is a new important chapter in this journey”. Fabrizio Nuti, UNIC replies: “Sustainability has always been a key issue for the Italian tanning sector. In the last several decades our companies have reached remarkable and measurable results in all the aspects which compose the sustainability of leather production, including circularity and social areas, but we are also very much convinced it is a continuous improvement process. UNIC actively supports Italian tanneries in these challenges and the partnership with WWF, one of the most important environmental organizations worldwide. It will certainly strengthen the development of strategies, activities and tools that can furtherly guarantee our high level of commitment on this concern”. “We are strongly convinced that creating a system and putting the different skills and knowledge together is fundamental to implement sustainability for the benefit of the whole planet. – concludes Paola Arosio of ICEC – This partnership with WWF is a further step in this direction and testifies that we can win this challenge only by dialoguing and collaborating together”.