Mercedes-Benz clearly positions itself against all forms of illegal deforestation and also demands this from its suppliers.
It is a requirement of our supplier awardings that supply chains for products we source must be free from any form of illegal deforestation and do not contribute to the endangerment or loss of natural forests (high conservation forests). Our suppliers have confirmed that the hides processed for the products delivered to Mercedes-Benz come from cattle raised outside the areas of Amazônia, Cerrado, Pantanal, Gran Chaco, Mata Atlântica and Chocó-Darién.
Only a small percentage of the leather in our supply chains comes from Brazil at all. We have confirmation that this leather does not come from sources in the areas mentioned. We are currently reviewing the possibility of completely excluding Brazil as a source of leather in the future. We take indications of violations of our requirements very seriously and check them.
As a matter of principle, Mercedes-Benz calls on its direct suppliers to comply with its standards in terms of working conditions, human rights, environmental protection, safety, business ethics and compliance, and also to carry them into their upstream value chains and to monitor their compliance.
We are taking the path to our climate goals together with our partners. More information can be found here.
Diverse leather substitutes
Our customers can choose different equipment options in each series. In many series, they can opt for the leather replica ARTICO, in the E-Class also for the microfiber Dinamica®. Dinamica® is a microfiber material (in technical language: microcarbon nonwoven) made of recycled polyester and water-based polyurethane. Dinamica® has a suede look and feel and is used in the vehicle interior, for example as a seat cover, roof sky and column cladding.
The new S-Class is the first car which is equipped with the recycled Econyl® fiber. This allows us to replace yarns without recyling content with yarns made from recycled carpets and old fishing nets fished from the oceans.
We also work on making our high-quality genuine leather even more sustainable. Traceability and animal welfare are just as important as the sustainable use of resources and CO₂ emissions along the leather chain.
In our R&D department, we are working intensively to identify further alternatives for genuine leather. In particular, the appropriate leather alternatives should be sustainable and resource-saving. We work to develop high-quality, luxurious materials with the highest possible recyclate content or renewable raw materials.
We offer vehicles in all segments worldwide that offer animal-free interiors - already from the plant on - or within the scope of an individual customer request and are equipped with vegan surface materials. This diverse offer is very well received by our customers.