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






Audit Consultation
Our consultation has closed on Version 2.0 of the LWG Subcontractor Audit. We are currently collating feedback and will release further details shortly.

Subcontractor Audit Protocol V1.0
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Subcontractor Audit Protocol V2.0 - (consultation closed)
   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 31 January 2022 (60 days)
Introductory period 1 December 2021 to 31 May 2022 (180 days)
Mandatory To Be Confirmed


Update on LWG Subcontractor Audit Protocol 2.0 Consultation

21 February 2022

On 1 December 2021, Leather Working Group opened a 60-day consultation period on Version 2.0 of the LWG Subcontractor Audit Protocol (SCAP). At the end of the consultation as of 31 January 2022, LWG confirms that over 100 feedback comments were submitted to the group.

As a result, the LWG Technical Sub-Group (TSG) has reviewed the consultation feedback and, as an interim measure, the group has made the decision to delay the phase-out of the LWG Mini Audit, designed for the assessment of subcontractors as part of the audit process for leather manufacturers. The Mini Audit was due to be phased out and replaced by mandatory SCAP audits on 22 August 2022.

In addition, LWG will create an updated proposal for SCAP 2.0, taking on board the feedback received. The group also plans to meet with relevant stakeholders to discuss the impact of SCAP in more detail. In the meantime, the TSG is reviewing all feedback and will advise the next steps shortly.

More details will be released shortly.

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. 

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