LWG Environmental Audit Protocol 6.7.0

P6.7.0 launched on 6th July 2020. This update makes amendments to the data period required for water and energy usage to account for low production periods as Covid-19 impacts global trade. Beyond this, all other aspects of the previous issue of the protocol (P6.6.2) remain unchanged. See the summary of P6.6 amendments below for further detail. The complete protocols are currently only available to LWG Members when logged-in. 

Remote Audit

As of 9th November 2020, LWG is pleased to offer a remote audit recertification system for currently certified leather manufacturers. For more details, please see the item below.

Current Protocol (P6.7.0)
Remote Auditing

The remote audit was introduced in November 2019 as a temporary solution to travel-related restrictions imposed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Obtaining a new certification via the LWG Remote Audit includes two stages:

  1. Remote data gathering, as well as video conference call to tour the site. This will result in an initial certification that is valid for 1 year.
  2. The second stage is an on-site follow-up visit within 1 year of remote audit. If this requirement is met, the certification will be upgraded to be valid for 2 years.

Key Points:

  • Re-audits only, no first-time audits will be permitted.
  • Current, valid certification required. Lapsed certifications are not eligible.
  • Medal rating increases will only be permitted following additional peer review checks and review by the LWG Technical Sub-Group.
  • If an LWG-auditor is based in the same country as the company wishing to undergo recertification, they will not be permitted to undergo a remote audit. Physical, on-site audits should be undertaken wherever possible. See our auditor locations here

Translations of the LWG Protocol - For Reference Only

The official language of the LWG is English, and as such translations are to be used only as a guide and any questions or queries related to the audit protocol will only be answered in relation to the English version.


   P6.6.2- Portuguese translation Request Document Download Sample
   P6.6.2- Spanish translation Request Document Download Sample
   P6.6.2- Italian translation Request Document Download Sample
   P6.6.2- Korean translation Request Document Download Sample
   P6.6.2- Chinese translation Request Document Download Sample
Information Bulletins

With the launch of the Trader Protocol in October 2016 and the introduction of Protocol 6.5 which comes into mandatory effect from 1st October 2017, there are important changes that will have an effect of the scoring for many of our leather manufacturers when the next undergo an audit.  These useful Information Bulletins are designed to help our members understand the changes:


Guidance Notes for P6.5

Guidance Notes are designed to be read in conjunction with the Protocol document.  Translated guidance notes will be available soon in Chinese, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Comprehensive Guidance Notes for S3 Tannery Data are currently being prepared and will be available soon.