Helping transform and shift the leather sector in Spain towards circularity


Client: Spanish Leather company based in Valencia


Traditionally, the leather sector and tanning, in particular, have been linked to a wide range of unsustainable practices: deforestation to make way for cattle pastures, uncertainty in animal welfare, improper disposal of chemicals, and water overuse, for example. To address these sustainability challenges, respond to stronger environmental policies and maintain an increasingly conscientious consumer base, a family-owned leather company in Spain approached Altus Impact to help them re-think their business strategy and provide practical, actionable solutions to become more sustainable.


Our Altus Impact consultants conducted an in-depth analysis of the leather sector, its evolution, challenges and future potential. Our consultants then showed how a more sustainable approach would help to better align this sector with changing industry and consumer trends. Our consultants also evaluated how a sustainable leather sector would contribute to Spain meeting the some key SDGs. Given our expertise and research, and the client’s need for actionable solutions, we applied the key circular economy principles to the leather sector, providing examples of how circular economy is applied. Our consultants presented our client with a list of businesses, strategies and tough recommendations for action. We highlighted the importance of traceability, design, and forming alliances as actionable short-term changes for our client. In addition we explored ways our client could use his expertise in the sector in related sectors and projects.


Our client received practical solutions and ready to go strategies to implement changes in their company. Our consultants found innovative ways to discuss SDGs with our client and make them relevant. Our team was able to apply the principles of circular economy, provide successful, relatable examples, and make impactful, strategic recommendations.