Continuous innovation

Sustainability and innovation go hand-in-hand.

We are signatories to the UN Global Compact and we measure our performance against the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Continuous innovation is part of our efforts under Goals 8 & 9.

Leather is one of the oldest manufactured products, and the original upcycled material. Nevertheless, innovation is at the heart of our progress at Scottish Leather Group. 

We have committed to a formal innovation agenda, putting in place a system that encourages and nurtures new ideas – a platform to take our business forward.  

We work proactively in ‘innovation hubs’ that bring together our own teams with external specialists. These hubs include our manufacturing partners, our customers, research groups and universities.  

New ideas are evaluated through collaborative discussion, focus groups and sales team feedback and reviewed for commercial viability and regulatory compliance.  

Our iterative approach to research and development ensures that new process or product ideas are robust and fully formed before reaching a commercial evaluation and, eventually, launch.  

The year ahead will see us focus on introducing more biobased content into our leather making processes, reducing our reliance on potentially harmful chemicals. Our co-products agenda will also evolve rapidly, finding novel applications for proteins in entirely new fields and helping new partners who, like us, are seeking to reach net zero. 

Innovation is how we will reach net zero carbon by 2025.

Our commitments

  • By 2021 We will be accredited to, and exceed the requirements of, the Healthy Working Lives standards for employee wellbeing.

  • By 2022 We will be accredited to the UN Global Compact.

Scottish Leather Group’s annual Sustainability Report summarises our activities and commitments on our journey towards a sustainable future.

View and download our 2021 Sustainability report