Sub-Groups

There are a number of Sub-groups approved by the EC to manage specific areas of work on behalf of the LWG:

Technical Sub-Group (TSG)

The objective of this sub-group is to review the technical content of the protocol to ensure that it is appropriate and relevant to the scope of the audits being conducted.

Members:
Rick LaTouch - Timberland  (Chair)
Jutta Knoedler – I-T-G GmbH Environmental Technology
Mark Lucas – BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd
Ian Scher - PrimeAsia
Carl Flach – ISA TanTec
Sarah Swenson - PrimeAsia
Ana Paula Teixeira - JBS S/A
Jurgen Christner - TFL (Co-opted SSG Member)

Deborah Taylor, Project Manager, Contracted Facilitator

NB:  Members of the TSG have been invited to lend their technical expertise. Individuals have been nominated due to their knowledge and ability to lend sound perspective to the current issues. Their acceptance into the TSG is approved by the Executive Committee and each will be re-evaluated every 24 months.  Other specialists may be invited to participate and attend on a case by case basis.

Trader Working Group (TWG)

The original objective of this sub-group was to develop an assessment tool to enable part-processed material traders to engage with the LWG program and manage LWG rated material through their business.  The Trader Assessment Protocol is now active and the group has subsequently evolved into a membership group for all LWG members who fall into the following categories:  Part-processed Material Traders, Agent Traders, Split Processors and other members who operate in this sector.

The new objective of the trader working group is to provide a platform for the trader sector to make a significant contribution to the LWG objectives and assist in resolving industry issues. 

Members:
All Part-processed Material Traders, Agent Traders, Split Processors and other LWG members who operate in this sector are automatically members of the TWG. However, there is one EC Member as Chair plus seconded members as required, at the request of the EC, currently:

Andy Seaward - Tong Hong Tannery Ltd
Mark Lucas - BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd

Operating Guidance Notes for TWG

Supplier Sub-Group (SSG)

The objective of the supplier sub-group is to provide a platform for suppliers to make a significant contribution to the LWG objectives and assist in resolving industry issues. 

Members:
All supplier members of the LWG are automatically members of the SSG. However, there is one EC Member as Chair plus seconded members as required, at the request of the EC, currently:

Michael Costello - Stahl Holdings (Chair)
Mark Lucas - BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd
Victoria Addy - BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd

Smaller Leather Manufacturer Sub-Group (SLMG)

The objective of the SLMG is to provide a platform for smaller leather manufacturers with an annual turnover of less than 10 million ft² to address issues that are more specific to the size of their business within the LWG.

Members:
All Smaller Leather Manufacturer members of the LWG are automatically members of the SLMG. However, there is one EC Member as Chair plus seconded members as required, at the request of the EC.

Leather Goods Brand Sub-Group (LGBG)

Although there is no active group for the Leather Goods Brand Members, there is representation on the Executive Committee for this membership group.  

LGBG EC Representative:
Hugues Pichon - LVMH