A subcontractor is any company undertaking manufacturing operations on material that they do not own, on behalf of another organization.
In 2020, we launched the LWG Subcontractor Audit Standard to give subcontractors their own route to certification and membership of LWG. Subcontractors audited under this standard are awarded a two-year certification and allowing new customers to find them via the LWG website.
The LWG Subcontractor Audit Standard covers 13 sections:
- General Facility Details
- Operating Permits
- Production Data
- Energy Consumption
- Water Usage
- Air & Noise Emissions
- Waste Management
- Effluent Treatment
- Emergency Plans
- Environmental Management Systems
The LWG Subcontractor Audit Standard was designed to take into account the operations of companies carrying out a range of different operations on a subcontract basis.
This can refer to companies conducting a single operation (such as wet blue splitting,) or those that perform a much larger range of operations on a subcontract basis only.
UPDATE: 29 July 2022 – Changes to the auditing of subcontractors
The mini audit will be withdrawn with effect from the 1st February2023. Until then, a subcontractor that does not meet the criteria of a full category leather manufacturer may choose to be audited using either the current subcontractor audit protocol (SCAP 1.0) or the mini audit.
Where a subcontractor meets the criteria of a full category leather manufacturer then they must be audited with the current version of the leather manufacturer audit protocol (LMAP); except where they qualify as a micro enterprise under the EU definition.
Where a subcontractor meets the criteria of a full category leather manufacturer and qualifies as a micro enterprise under the EU definition (Micro enterprise: fewer than 10 employees and an annual turnover (the amount of money taken in a particular period) or balance sheet (a statement of a company's assets and liabilities) below €2 million), they may be audited using the subcontractor audit protocol (SCAP 1.0).
Length of audit: 1-2 days on site
Certification validity: 24-months
Award: Percentage (%) score, no medal rating
Changes Issue 1.0.0 to Issue 1.0.0 (Rev.1)
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 subcontractor audit protocol.
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