Subcontractor Audit Protocol

Launched in October 2020, the LWG Subcontractor Audit Protocol (SCAP) was created to expand the coverage of LWG's environmental performance assessment to all companies within the leather supply chain acting as subcontractors, not just those whose scope is equivalent to a full tannery audit. The LWG Subcontractor Audit Protocol can be used to assess subcontractors that undertake a limited range of operations on a subcontract basis. All full scope operations will need to be assessed using the full environmental audit protocol.

The SCAP introduces a more robust method of assessing subcontracting operations than the "Mini Audit" and now allows all companies operating as a subcontractor to obtain their own score and a 2-year certification. All audited and certified subcontractors can be viewed here.

Length of audit on site Up to 1 day
Up to 2 days if assessing operations equivalent to a full tannery scope
Certificate validity  24 months
Award % score (no medal rating)
Granted LWG Membership? Yes - as a Subcontractor Member






Subcontractor Audit Protocol V1.0
   LWG Subcontractor Audit Protocol 1.0 - Full Document Request Document Download Sample
Subcontractor Audit Protocol V2.0 - Under consultation until 30 January 2022
   LWG Subcontractor Audit Protocol 2.0 - Full Document Request Document Download Sample
Protocol LWG Subcontractor Audit Protocol (SCAP)
Version 2.0
Published 1 December 2021
Consultation 1 December 2021 to 30 January 2022 (60 days)
Introductory period 1 December 2021 to 31 May 2022 (180 days)
Mandatory 1 June 2022


Submit your feedback on V2.0 of the LWG Subcontractor Audit here.

You have 60 days to submit your comments - the deadline for feedback is: 30 January 2022

What is a Subcontractor?

LWG defines a subcontractor as an organisation that completes leather manufacturing operations on material that they do not own themselves, on behalf of a third party. This can refer to companies conducting a single operation (such as wet blue splitting,) or those that perform a much larger range of operations (i.e. form wet blue to crust) on a subcontract basis.