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  • Overall approach
    6/12
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      3/4
      Zero deforestation/Deforestation-free commitment or, for timber, pulp & paper companies only, commitment to well implemented harvest and no deforestation of HCV & HCS areas
      3/4
      "Lear is committed to the following “No Deforestation” principles and requires the same commitment from our supply chain"
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Lear Corporation (NYSE: LEA), a global automotive technology leader in Seating and E-Systems, has joined the United Nations (UN) Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate responsibility initiative. The announcement further demonstrates Lear’s commitment as a responsible corporate citizen that innovates and creates products that ensure comfort, well-being, convenience and safety." 
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      "Lear recognizes the important role natural forests and rainforests play in the health of the global ecosystem and is committed to work with our supply chain to protect these forests and ensure our manufacturing and sourcing activities do not contribute to deforestation."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      1/1
      Yes
      1/1
      Does the company recognise the risk as financial, operational, competition, reputational, or other? Please detail.: Reputational 
      "Lear has also been linked to deforestation associated with cattle ranching Lear’s subsidiary Eagle Ottawa is a leading importer of Brazilian leather into China for the manufacture of automobile seating. As an article in Ethical Corporation stated: “To have deforestation in your supply chain is a clear business risk – not least in terms of brand reputation.”" 
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/2
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
    • Target to reduce emissions in scope 1/2
      Yes
      0/0
      What is the target date for the company to achieve their climate target?: 2050

      Type of climate target: Net-zero emissions
      "Aspire to net zero emissions by 2050, cut carbon emissions 50% by 2030"
  • Commodity score
    24/88
    • Leather
      32/88
      • Commitment Strength
        13/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          9/11
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            5.3/8
            "Lear is committed to working with our suppliers and customers to protect forests by eliminating deforestation and forest degradation."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            2/2
            "Lear is committed to working with our suppliers and customers to protect forests by eliminating deforestation and forest degradation."
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Lear is committed to working with our suppliers and customers to protect forests by eliminating deforestation and forest degradation."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "Lear is committed to working with our suppliers and customers to protect forests by eliminating deforestation and forest degradation."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          7/9
          • Commitment details
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Traces to Point of production
            5.3/5.3
            (For leather companies only) Do they have a traceability commitment which goes back to the birth farm?: No - only refers to "feed yards or ranches where the animals were raised" but not birth farms.
            "Lear’s supply chain logs incoming raw materials, tracing hides back to processing centers, feed yards or ranches where the animals were raised. Regular audits and annual assessments are conducted at our direct suppliers’ facilities, including traceability audits from third-party auditors such as LWG. [...] 100% of Lear’s Brazilian leather suppliers use geofencing to ensure they don’t buy animals from farms involved in deforestation, invasion of indigenous and protected areas, or human rights violations."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
          • Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            Target date
            Current/achieved
            1/1
            "Lear’s supply chain logs incoming raw materials, tracing hides back to processing centers, feed yards or ranches where the animals were raised. Regular audits and annual assessments are conducted at our direct suppliers’ facilities, including traceability audits from third-party auditors such as LWG. [...] 100% of Lear’s Brazilian leather suppliers use geofencing to ensure they don’t buy animals from farms involved in deforestation, invasion of indigenous and protected areas, or human rights violations."
          • Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            Interim target date
            NA (target date current or achieved or 2022)
            0.5/0.5
            "Lear’s supply chain logs incoming raw materials, tracing hides back to processing centers, feed yards or ranches where the animals were raised. Regular audits and annual assessments are conducted at our direct suppliers’ facilities, including traceability audits from third-party auditors such as LWG. [...] 100% of Lear’s Brazilian leather suppliers use geofencing to ensure they don’t buy animals from farms involved in deforestation, invasion of indigenous and protected areas, or human rights violations."
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Lear’s Human Rights Policy outlines our social responsibility principles and respect for human dignity, including with respect to topics such as collective bargaining and the freedom of association, as well as prohibitions of child labor, forced labor, modern slavery and human trafficking. We expect our suppliers to develop their own policies that aligns with Lear’s Policy. "
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Lear recognizes the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the value of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of indigenous peoples for property or land negotiations. No form of land grabbing is allowed." 
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        9/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          1/3
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2.5
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, for partial or unclear commodity exposure
            1.3/2.5
            "100% of Lear’s Brazilian leather suppliers use geofencing to ensure they don’t buy animals from farms involved in deforestation, invasion of indigenous and protected areas, or human rights violations." 
        • Reporting is independently verified
          1/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.8/1.5
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.8/1.5
            "Lear and our suppliers work within credible, landscape-level frameworks where they exist. To ensure our suppliers comply with these requirements, Lear may conduct audits or require third-party verification." 
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.8/1.5
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Yes, using an internal verification system.
            0.8/1.5
            Which tools, approaches, third-party verification, including certification, schemes are used?: Geofencing

            Which processes or groups does the company use for third party verification?: Geofencing 
            "100% of Lear’s Brazilian leather suppliers use geofencing to ensure they don’t buy animals from farms involved in deforestation, invasion of indigenous and protected areas, or human rights violations." 
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          Yes, required
          2/2
          "Lear is committed to working with our suppliers and customers to protect forests by eliminating deforestation and forest degradation."
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          Yes, for its suppliers
          3/4
          Details of monitoring: Using internal monitoring and verification systems; Using third party verification

          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified 
          "Lear may conduct audits or require third-party verification to ensure compliance with these requirements and also reserves the right to take appropriate measures, including discontinuing any relationship with a supplier should the supplier violate this Policy."
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          Engage with suppliers but with no time-bound threat of exclusion
          1/2
          Does the company engage non-compliant indirect suppliers in order to address and remedy non-compliance?: Yes
          "Lear reserves the right to conduct audits to ensure compliance with these requirements and also to take appropriate measures, including discontinuing any relationship with a supplier, should the supplier violate, fail to correct, or have a pattern of violating this Policy. Suppliers are required to cooperate with Lear’s direct audit or through a third-party auditing firm utilized by Lear."
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          0
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper *
      8/88
      • Commitment Strength
        0/20
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/6
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/5
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/6
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/1.3
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/0.7
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.3
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: Discrimination; Forced labour; Child labour; Freedom of association
          "Lear’s Human Rights Policy outlines our social responsibility principles and respect for human dignity, including with respect to topics such as collective bargaining and the freedom of association, as well as prohibitions of child labor, forced labor, modern slavery and human trafficking. We expect our suppliers to develop their own policies that aligns with Lear’s Policy. "
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          No commitment
          0/4
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          Yes, the company commits to securing FPIC prior to acquiring new interests, developments, or expansions
          4/4
          "Lear recognizes the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the value of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) of indigenous peoples for property or land negotiations. No form of land grabbing is allowed." 
        • Commitment to resolve land conflicts
          No
      • Reporting and Implementation
        0/50
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/2
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.7
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.7
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/1
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1
        • Suppliers aligned with deforestation commitments across supply chain
          No
          0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          No
          0/4
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/2
        • Report verified volumes of commodity
          No disclosure
          0/6
        • Upstream: Monitor compliance with human rights
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
          Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
          How frequently is compliance assessed?: Not specified 
        • Downstream: Reporting hectares of deforestation
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • * commodity scores for which a company is not a powerbroker are given half the weighting of other commodities in total scores

  • Commitment strength
    9/20
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    6/50
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    8/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Lear Corp. is an automotive seating manufacturer headquartered in the US. Its subsidiary Eagle Ottawa claims to be the world’s largest supplier of automotive leather. With customers including the likes of Mercedes, BMW, Toyoto and GMC, Eagle Ottawa has a high turnover of leather hides. Lear Corp. is selected as a powerbroker for leather and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Furniture & flooring
Segments
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HQ
HQ 
United States
Company Type
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Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

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