We Are The
Leather Working Group

Welcome to Brands and Retailers

Our Brand members have 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.

Other membership benefits include:
1. Reduced manpower and cost requirements to conduct environmental audits
2. In depth assessment and measurement of the tanner’s technical/environmental process and the ability to define improvement
3. A mechanism that supports the promotion of continual improvement in environmental performance
4. Demonstration of your brand’s commitment to environmental protection

Chemical Suppliers, Machinery Suppliers & Technology Suppliers - please click here for our Membership Proposal Pack

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.

750+

Leather Manufacturer
Certifications

Our objective is to develop/maintain a protocol that assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather manufacturers and promotes sustainable environmental practices.

Who
we are

Our objective is to develop/maintain a protocol that assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather manufacturers and promotes sustainable environmental practices.

750+

Leather Manufacturer
Certifications

Join us today

The LWG is a non-profit organisation, and our membership is made up of both subscription members and audited members. We are a multi-stakeholder, community-led initiative, and welcome the input and engagement from all of our members to drive us forward. We also collaborate with other key organisations and look to align, draw on each other's strengths, and avoid duplication of efforts where possible. 

Subscription members fund all of the work that we do, and includes brands, suppliers, associations and certain traders (who cannot currently be audited). We rely on these subscriptions to do the work that we do.

Audited members include leather manufacturers, traders, sub-contractors, and commissioning manufacturers. The route to membership is through an audit. The LWG is not funded through audits.

Please explore the links below to find out more.

Events

Sign-up for one of our meetings or webinars - or access a recording or presentation from a previous event here.

Events
How We Work

LWG is made up of representative parties from different areas of the product supply chain, including brands, leather manufacturers, technical experts and other industry representatives.

How We Work
Our current members
Latest News
Getting to know P7: 24-month data period phase in
Leather manufacturers will be required to submit 24 months of data under the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol 7 (P7) In previous versions of the LWG Audit, tanners were required to submit 12 months of data to achieve their LWG certification. Under Protocol 7, the period for assessment has been increased from 12 months to 24 months. Monthly data for 4 key sections will need to be submitted during an audit: Production Data, Energy Consumption, Water Usage, and Effluent Treatment. Phasing in the requirement The period for assessment has been increased from 12 months to 24 months from P6.7 to P7. As this is a new requirement, announced on 22 February 2021, it will be phased...MORE