The LWG philosophy on membership is that brands and suppliers fund the group through annual subscriptions, while leather manufacturers are required to be assessed via the LWG Environmental Audit Protocol and to achieve a rating - Gold, Silver, Bronze or Audited.

LWG expects any brands or suppliers that wish to use the LWG protocol to assess their leather supply chain to be fully engaged, paid up members of the Leather Working Group.

Benefits of membership

For brands:

  • Immediate access to an established environmental auditing system that has been developed by the worlds’ leading centre of excellence for the leather industry in conjunction with several major brands and their tanner suppliers
  • Reduced manpower and cost requirements to conduct environmental audits
  • In depth assessment and measurement of the tanner’s technical/environmental process and the ability to define improvement
  • A mechanism that supports the promotion of continual improvement in environmental performance
  • Demonstrates your brand’s commitment to environmental protection

For tanners:

  • Reduced manpower requirements to manage and supervise during environmental audits
  • Input and representation for the tanners during the process
  • Reduced costs when preparing for numerous audits from different brands
  • Audits conducted by industry experts and hence realistic expectations and measures set
  • A mechanism that supports the promotion of continual improvement in environmental performance

For suppliers:

  • An opportunity to understand directly the environmental objectives set by the brands and the pressures on the leather sector through third parties
  • Input and representation for the suppliers during the process
  • Involvement in a forum that supports the promotion of continual improvement in environmental performance
  • The opportunity to network and effect positive change in conjunction with industry peers

Commitment from brands

  • Brands commit to engage 25% of their leather supply chain within 3 years of membership and 50% within 6 years of membership
  • Brands commit to attend at least one of the two annual meetings held by the LWG
  • Brands are required to complete the member survey every year
Interested in joining the LWG?  For details of how to join or for further information about the LWG, see the LWG Membership Proposal or complete the contact form and we will be in touch with you to discuss the group in more detail.
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