We Are The
Leather Working Group

Welcome to Leather Manufacturers and Traders

Leather Manufacturers can join the group by having an LWG audit conducted by an approved auditor, LWG audits/membership remain valid for 24 months depending on the award. The audit generally takes 2 days on-site and is a comprehensive evaluation of a leather manufacturer’s environmental credentials. The audit is conducted against the LWG's Protocol  and if the leather manufacturer performs well they achieve a medal rating and are promoted on the LWG website. The audit is also recognised and favoured by dozens of Global Brands.

Leather Manufacturers

Leather Working Group audited tanneries can be found globally and represent 20% of the world’s production of leather.

Leather Manufacturers
Traders

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.  

Traders

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Leather Manufacturer
Certifications

Our objective is to develop/maintain a protocol that assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather manufacturers and promotes sustainable environmental practices.

Who
we are

Our objective is to develop/maintain a protocol that assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather manufacturers and promotes sustainable environmental practices.

350

Leather Manufacturer
Certifications

Join us today

Our philosophy on membership is that brands and suppliers fund the group through annual subscriptions, while leather manufacturers are assessed via the LWG Environmental Audit Protocol.

Meetings

The LWG hold 2 meetings annually, 1 in March/April to coincide with APLF in Hong Kong and 1 held in September/October alternating between Europe and America each year.

Meetings
How We Work

The Leather Working Group is made up of representative parties from different areas of the product supply chain including major brands, tanners, technical experts and other industry representatives. An Executive Committee is elected from the membership of the LWG by its members.

How We Work
Our current members
Latest News
Pallavaram CETP Closure Notice
A notice of immediate closure and power disconnection was issued to Pallavaram Tanners Industrial Effluent Treatment Company on 15th May 2018, as a result of a series of failings and not meeting regulatory requirements.  LWG have a number of leather manufacturer members who discharge to this CETP and these members have had an advisory note applied to their listing on the website, pending additional investigation being carried out. LWG have written to the CETP and the member tanneries concerned and will act appropriately once more information is known with regard to timeframes for remedial works and how the tanneries intend to operate in the intervening period until the CETP is fully...MORE