Trader Protocol 2.0 is launched

The LWG Assessment Protocol for Traders of part-processed material  has been developed and refined over two years as the natural progression to allow part-processed material trader LWG members to fully engage in the LWG Programme.  

The Protocol is the only route to membership for Traders of part-processed material with effect from 1st April 2017.  Raw Hide & Skin Traders and Finished Material Traders (who do not process any material) are termed "Agent Traders" and can engage with the LWG via a subscription route in the same way that brands and suppliers do.  Please note that this route to membership does not entitle the Agent Trader to market their business as a LWG rated facility but as a Member of Leather Working Group only.  For more information about becoming a member as an Agent Trader please click here: Leather Working Group Supplier Membership

If you are unsure of the appropriate route to membership for your type of trade, please click here: Route to Membership for Traders 

Within the LWG Trader Assessment Protocol, (for Traders of part-processed material), there are two types of trader:  Category A Traders where a separation of LWG material is demonstrable and Category B Traders where LWG material and non-LWG material is processed together.  It should be noted that from January 2018 the only way to achieve a 100% score for Category A Traders will be if all material is physically marked at source in order to demonstrate reasonable separation.  There will be 5% reduction of score if material can only be physically marked at incoming to a trader facility and a further 5% reduction of score if the only method of separation of LWG material is through differentiated paperwork and physical separation at the trader facility.

It is intended that the above scoring reductions will increase in 2019, before physical marking at source becomes the only method of reasonable demonstration of separation of LWG material when the next major update of the main LWG Protocol (P7) comes into effect which is not anticipated to be before late 2019. 

From 1st October 2017 there will be a phasing out of the scoring allowance in the main audit protocol which will take place over a 12 month period until 1st October 2018 when the scoring allowance in the main LWG Protocol for traded material will be removed completely.  

Current Protocol
Physical Marking of Material for Category A Traders

Following detailed discussion with the Trader Working Group, Technical Sub-Group and Executive Committee, it is clear that for some of our trader members, engaging suppliers to get material physically marked at source is a complex and difficult transition.

LWG does not want to disengage our existing audited trader members with a stipulation that will mean they are unable to retain their ‘Category A’ Trader status through circumstances they cannot control.

Therefore, a decision has been taken to adjust the requirement for 100% physical marking from 1st January 2018, with the following 3-tiered approach:

Criteria for Category A Traders:


100% physically marked at source

100% of score

100% physically marked at incoming

95% of score

100% traceable through robust paperwork and physical separation

90% of score


A trader that is unable to demonstrate any of the above and operates with mixed input material (LWG & non-LWG) will be a Category B Trader.

This scoring percentage will be reduced again in January 2019 with the eventual adoption of 100% physically marked at source being mandatory with the introduction of P7 (not likely before the fall of 2019).

For further information or clarification please contact your auditor directly or contact:


Can I Have A Trader Audit?
Trader Protocol Auditors
There are currently 6 auditors who are undertaking Trader audits:
You can find out more about the auditors by visiting our auditor page here:  Our LWG Auditors
It is expected that all auditors will be available to undertake Trader Assessment Audits in 2019

Translations of the LWG Trader Assessment Protocol - For Reference Only

The translations below are for Assessment Protocol for Traders 2.0.2.  Please note that translated language versions are intended as a guide only, to assist in preparation for an audit.  All actual assessment audits will be conducted in the English language version.


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 on the scoring for many of our leather manufacturers when they next undergo an audit.  The bulletins below are designed to give more guidance: