The Leather Working Group collaborates with other industry stakeholders wherever there is a direct benefit to our members.


ASSOMAC (National Association of Italian Manufacturers of Footwear, Leathergoods and Tanning Technologies)

ASSOMAC, the National Association of Italian Manufacturers of Footwear, Leathergoods and Tanning Technologies, is the association which gathers an estimated 130 Italy-based companies manufacturing machines and accessories for footwear, leathergoods and tanning companies. It also safeguards their interests by promoting this productive sector all over the world.

LWG and ASSOMAC are collaborating on the creation and provision of best practice practice and housekeeping guidance for leather manufacturing machinery.

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FDRA (Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America)

FDRA is the industry’s business and trade association, with 90% of all U.S. footwear retailers and brands as members as well as leading factories and brands from around the world. 

LWG collaborates with FDRA on the Material Exchange online database, which allows designers, materials teams, product developers and material vendors to collaborate, filter and organize the raw materials for their collections all within a secure environment. Material listed in the database sourced from LWG-rated leather manufacturers will be noted as such.

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Textile Exchange

Textile Exchange is a global non-profit that works closely with our members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibers, integrity and standards and responsible supply networks.

LWG and Textile Exchange agreed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in late 2018, for the purpose of collaborating on the promotion the environmental improvement within the leather industry. The collaboration will foster alignment to ensure cross-fertilisation of knowledge and avoid duplicative activities. LWG will participate in discussions with the Textile Exchange Responsible Leather Round Table (RLRT), with the aim of providing leather manufacturing expertise to the Responsible Leather Assessment (RLA) tool, which is currently under development.

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UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation)

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.

One of the objectives of UNIDO is safeguarding the environment.  Pollution, climate change, habitat destruction and over-exploitation of natural resources such as fresh water and fisheries are doing great harm to human health, wellbeing and livelihoods, especially among poorer regions, and is undermining the prospects for a long-term resilient and robust economy. One of the prerequisites for industry to flourish in a sustainable manner is the availability of an assured supply of affordable and clean energy, together with improved resource efficiency. 

The risks of climate change are well documented and its impacts are already affecting people and ecosystems. Meeting the climate challenge requires industries and institutions — both public and private — to be able to assess and understand climate change, design and implement adequate policies and to work towards resource efficient societies and low emission growth. “Decoupling” natural resource use and environmental impacts from economic growth is a key requirement for overcoming the pressing challenge of growing resource consumption levels. 

Against this background, UNIDO supports countries in their environmental management efforts, including the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements and the provision of sustainable energy. It helps create new green industries, establishing national road maps for greening the supply chain, determining benchmarks and indicators, disseminating and sharing best practices, running clean technology programmes, undertaking various capacity-building exercises and contributing to international forums with the necessary research and expertise. 

Leather Working Group is actively working with UNIDO to distribute current training information already created and to jointly create new training materials for our members.

Training materials that are currently available, include:

To access these on-line training modules, free registration is required.

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ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals)

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme takes a holistic approach to tackling the issue of hazardous chemicals in the global textile, leather and footwear value chain. Learn more about their roadmap here. 

Their goal is to eliminate the use of priority chemicals by focussing on the following areas: Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) & Conformity Guidance, Wastewater Quality, Audit Protocol, Research, Data and Disclosure, and Training.


Leather Working Group recognise the importance of chemistry in the responsible manufacture of leather material. 

With the desire of our members for improved chemical management and the introduction of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme, LWG collaborated with ZDHC to contribute to and endorse the MRSL for Leather. 

As a progression to that work, LWG also developed a Chemical Management Module (CMM) to further drive improvement in chemical management, chemical health & safety and to aid prevention of Chrome VI.  It is hoped that Part A of the CMM will meet equivalency with the ZDHC approved tool, the FEM Higg Index.

Current collaboration with ZDHC is centred around waste water limits and LWG continues to engage with ZDHC to assist them with understanding the leather industry in this regard.


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