Lear Corp. Releases 2020 Sustainability Report, Highlights Green Commitment

Lear Corp., a global automotive technology company specializing in seating and e-systems, announced the release of its 2020 Sustainability Report yesterday. The report illustrates the auto supplier’s lineup of green technologies, along with achievements in diversity, human rights, and climate impact reduction targets.
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Rendering of electric vehicle components
Lear plans to expand its foothold in the electric vehicle market according to its 2020 sustainability report. // Rendering Courtesy of Lear Corp.

Lear Corp., a global automotive technology company specializing in seating and e-systems, announced the release of its 2020 Sustainability Report yesterday. The report illustrates the auto supplier’s lineup of green technologies, along with achievements in diversity, human rights, and climate impact reduction targets.

The company uses lightweight seating components, antimicrobial surface materials, integrated power modules, and batter management systems to support mobility trends like autonomy, connectivity, electrification, and shared mobility.

“Climate-improving innovations, along with ambitious carbon neutral goals for our operations, supplier and employee engagement to reach those goals, and support for our people and global communities, are all important components of Lear’s overall sustainability strategy,” says Ray Scott, president and CEO of Lear.

Lear recently acquired M&N Plastics in Sterling Heights to produce complex parts for electrical distribution, including their high-voltage wire harnesses and power electronics — both part of their high-voltage portfolio, to be featured in more than 90 EV models from 18 automakers this year. By 2026, Lear will produce this lineup for 4 million EVs on one high-volume platform

Other climate goals for manufacturing facilities include using 100 percent renewable energy and a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, and net-zero emissions by 2050. The report also highlighted the company’s diversity achievements.

Lear states it has spent $4.6 billion in the last decade with minority-, women-, and veteran-owned suppliers. Internally, they’ve dedicated more than 125,000 hours to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-harassment training.

They also rejoined the United Nations (UN) Global Compact as a signatory participant, committing to the timeline of the UN’s Sustainability Development Goals.

Founded in 1917 under the name American Metal Products Co. and renamed Lear Corp. in 1990, the company has grown to employ people in 38 countries and rank 166 on the Fortune 500 list.

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