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In 2021 we released a new version of the LWG audit standard (P7), bringing major changes to how we assess leather manufacturers, and representing a significant step forward to a more sustainable and secure leather supply chain. The audit has evolved to be a holistic, ESG-focused audit, and it now covers all elements of responsible leather manufacturing including environmental management, traceability, chemical management, social responsibility, and governance. 

The LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Standard covers 17 separate sections:

  • General Facility Details
  • Subcontracted Operations
  • Social Audit
  • Operating Permits
  • Production Data
  • Incoming Material Traceability
  • Outgoing Material Traceability
  • Environment Management Systems (EMS)
  • Restricted Substances, Compliance, and Chromium VI (CrVI) Management
  • Energy Consumption
  • Water Usage
  • Air & Noise Emissions
  • Waste Management
  • Effluent Treatment
  • Health, Safety, & Emergency Preparedness
  • Chemical Management
  • Operations Management

Audit Scope

The LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Standard was designed to assess facilities processing leather from raw, crust, tanned material into pre-tanned, tanned, crust, or finished leather.

Facilities carrying out operations within the scope of the categories listed in the table below may be eligible for an audit using this audit standard.

Not sure if you are eligilble? Get in touch with our team directly.

Code Category
A Raw hide/skin to tanned
B Raw hide/skin to crust
C Raw hide/skin to finished leather
D Tanned hide/skin to finished leather
E Crust hide/skin to finished leather
F Tanned hide/skin to crust leather
G Raw hide/skin to pickled/pre-tanned material

Record of Changes

Changes from P7.2.2 to P7.2.2 (Rev1) — Updated on 02 August 2022

Section

Change

Introduction

  • Inclusion of text for the phasing out of the additional Covid-19 exclusion allowances for water and energy with effect from 1 November 2022.
  • Inclusion of text for the auditing of subcontractors who meet the criteria of a full category leather manufacturer and qualify as a micro enterprise under the EU definition using the current subcontractor audit protocol.
  • Inclusion of text for the withdrawal of the mini audit with effect from 1 February 2023.
Changes from P7.2.1 to P7.2.2 — Updated on 01 July 2022
Section Question Change
Scope Removal of requirement for exemption requests to be submitted to the TSG
Introduction Scoring for awards: Additional clarification on the application of threshold questions to subcontractors assessed using this protocol

S9

Restricted Substances

Q13 Levels of testing and points awarded revised
Q13 Threshold for Gold medal rating removed
Q14 Threshold for Gold medal rating removed
Changes from P7.1.0 to P7.2.1 — Updated on 11 February 2022
Section Question Change

Scope

pp ii, iii, v, vi, vii iii Text clarified
Opening statement Q3 new question relating to completeness of data presented
S1 General Facility Details Q15 Inclusion of transferable data (those who also undertake subcontracting)
S2 Subcontract Operations Q5 Modified weighting table
S3 Social Audit Q2 Modified requirements (current validity)
S4 Operating Permits Q4 Amendment made from P7.2.0 to P7.2.1: Modification to penalties for serious violations
& for the non-reporting of violations.
S6 Traceability (Incoming)   Reference to the requirement to enter data into the Excel spreadsheet.

S7

Traceability (Outgoing)

Q2 Scoring correction
Q2 No longer a threshold question

S9

Restricted Substances

Q6 limits correction (chlorinated paraffins)
Q13 Amendment made from P7.2.0 to P7.2.1: Clarification of the scoring for CrVI testing
Q19 RSL for incoming chemicals removed
Q20 Score modification (due to q19 change)
Q21 Incoming chemicals RSL. Deleted. Subsequent questions renumbered

S12

Air Emissions

Q8 Scoring correction
Q19 Relaxed VOC emissions allowance

S14

Effluent Treatment

Q1 10 m3 volume limit requirement for metering extended to all ETPs
Q5 Modification to analysis requirements (laboratory) based on treatment capacity of ETP
Q7 Exemption for leathers that specifically require long-float processing
Q13 - 24 Standardised discharge limits irrespective of treatment facility

S16

Chemical Management

Q23 Clarification (relates to chemicals stored in production department)
Q23 No longer a threshold question
S17 Operations Management Q5 Clarification. Relates to chemicals in immediate vicinity of process vessel etc