Your business may be certified if you manufacture or trade leather. Since 2005, we have designed standards to certify all actors in the supply chain, from rawhide to finished leather, covering micro-enterprises to large tanneries. In fact, the majority of our certified suppliers are small leather manufacturers.
If your business is a leather manufacturer, leather trader, commissioning manufacturer, or subcontractor, your organization may be eligible to be audited against the applicable LWG audit standard. The Leather Working Group audit standards do not allow the auditing and certification of any facility which process or trades in fur. In order to gain certification, your business will need to be audited by an LWG Approved Auditor.
At Leather Working Group, we know ‘one standard’ doesn’t fit all. So, that’s why we designed four audit standards to meet the assessment needs of different operations within the leather production chain. These four LWG standards cover raw material traders through to leather manufacturers and subcontractors, to traders of finished material:
The current version of each of the audit standards is available from the User Area of the website. If you do not have access to the User Area you may request a copy by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your business wants to achieve LWG certification, follow the steps below to get started.
To understand what is required and to help prepare for the audit, you can take the FREE Tannery of the Future survey, which mirrors the Leather Manufacturer Standard. Then, you may need time to implement the feedback from the survey throughout your business. And finally, once your business is prepared for the audit, you need to contact an LWG Approved Auditor directly and arrange for an audit.
If you feel you need extra preparation for an audit, you can contact LWG Approved Auditors directly for additional consultation such as a pre-audit.