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LWG attends 2021 Sustainable Leather Forum

15 September 2021

On Monday 13 September 2021, the Leather Working Group team attended the third annual Sustainable Leather Forum in Paris, France.   Hosted by the Conseil National du Cuir (CNC) at Palais Brongniart, the event brought together over 250 individuals representing major manufacturers, brands, certifications and other related organisations to discuss the future of the leather industry.    The event covered topics related to sustainable and responsible leather production and consumption, such as:  Veganism and animal welfare  Deforestation, carbon footprint and Leather Life Cycle...


Traceability: What do brands really want?

06 September 2021

With the scope of the Leather Working Group ever evolving, traceability has come to the forefront of our work and now represents a key priority for the group – emphasised by the needs of our membership in the 2020 and 2021 annual member surveys.   In the latest version of our flagship audit standard, the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol 7.1, we have increased our requirements, integrating traceability as a scored element for the first time and adding additional due diligence checks for areas at risk for deforestation.   In the future, we aim to strengthen our traceability criteria by...


Update from the Traceability Working Group (August 2021)

06 September 2021

The LWG Traceability Working Group (TrWG) met for their Q3 meeting on 24 August 2021, to discuss how to improve traceability within the leather supply chain, with a particular focus on the short-to-mid-term outputs of the LWG.  Launched in late 2020, the TrWG provides a dedicated forum for brands, leather manufacturers from across the global leather industry, our non-profit expert partner, WWF, as well as other LWG members and auditors, to discuss traceability challenges, identify solutions, and drive positive change, primarily through the LWG Leather...


LWG participates in the UNECE Traceability Leather Pilot

06 September 2021

The Leather Working Group (LWG) originally joined the traceability project, organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), titled: “Enhancing Transparency and Traceability for Sustainable Value Chains in Garment and Footwear”, and has now extended their participation to take part in the Leather Pilot.  The project brings together multiple different organisations from across the footwear & garment sectors to create a platform for dialogue, develop useful tools, and provide policy recommendations related to traceability. The project’s planned outputs...


LWG Executive Committee election (Autumn 2021)

06 September 2021

Vote for your next Executive Committee representative in the LWG election!  The Leather Working Group has opened the voting period for two positions on the LWG Executive Committee, to represent brands and retailers, as well as certified leather manufacturers.  Current Executive Committee Members, Tong Hong Tannery and VF Corporation, are coming to the end of their first four-year term as of September 2021. After several weeks of nominations, the candidates include two brands and two leather manufacturers.  Brands and retailers can choose between VF Corporation and Wolverine Worldwide Inc. to represent their sector for the next...


New LWG Members in August 2021

03 September 2021

Several new member organisations joined the Leather Working Group between 1-31 August 2021. See our new members below: Brands/Retailers Dune Group Limited  Esprit Europe Services GmbH  Ferdinand Richter GmbH & Co KG  Jochie international BV  Nice Footwear Spa  Salvatore Ferragamo  Sofology Ltd  Stichwell Exports Pvt. Ltd   Suppliers  Verbo Boya Kimya Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi  In addition, more companies have become certified this past month. See below the leather...


Join the UNECE-SDA BOCCONI Regional Workshop, 21-23 September

02 September 2021

Sign up now for the UNECE-SDA BOCCONI Regional Workshop over 21-23 September 2021 to learn more about sustainability and circularity in the garment and footwear sectors A transition to circular economic models is key to improved sustainability in the garment and footwear sector - a shift that can be realised with verifiable production data, delivered through improved supply chain traceability and transparency. This three-day training workshop is the first in a series of events that aim to provide industry stakeholders with the tools they need to drive action on sustainability and advance progress towards circular economy approaches on a national, regional and global scale....


Bentley becomes first automotive member of the Leather Working Group

25 August 2021

Northampton, United Kingdom — 25 August 2021: Bentley Motors leads the way for the automotive sector by becoming the first car manufacturer to join the Leather Working Group.  As part of their ambition to become the world’s most sustainable automotive brand, British luxury car manufacturer Bentley has joined the Leather Working Group. As the first member from the automotive sector, Bentley leads the way for responsible leather use within the global automotive supply chain.  Bentley joins 190 other brands and retailers that have also become members of the Leather Working...


LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol 7 is live

23 August 2021

23 August 2021  The latest version of the Leather Working Group’s flagship audit standard, the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol 7, became mandatory on 22 August 2021. Representing a major evolution, P7 provides a more holistic assessment of a tannery’s performance, with more robust criteria across the board and newly added requirements for social responsibility, effluent treatment, material traceability, and chemical management.  First published in February 2021, Protocol 7 was refined during a period of public consultation and replaced by P7.1 on 6 July 2021. P7.1 replaced the existing Protocol 6.7 as...


Webinar Recap: Introduction to the LWG Claims Framework

19 August 2021

To give our brand and retailer members further guidance on sustainability claims and labelling, we hosted a webinar on the LWG Claims Framework on 18 August 2021.   Originally launched in 2020, our Claims Framework is a guidance document that provides brand and retailer members information on how to communicate to their customers about the Leather Working Group. The document contains information on how to make membership claims, a process for artwork approval, recommendations and requirements for product labelling, and suggestions for more transparent communication.   The...


We're launching an Environmental Impact Working Group

02 August 2021

The Leather Working Group would like to announce the launch of the Environmental Impact Working Group (EIWG), a new subcommittee of our core governance group. The EIWG aims to be a platform for engagement and education on the environmental impact of leather, working towards both understanding the environmental impact of leather, as well as defining ways to achieve goals to reduce the impact across the leather value chain. This will assist companies to understand the impact of leather in their products, and also drive tangible improvements by setting and working towards meeting their science-based targets. The group will consider a range of different topics covering the environmental...


LWG Virtual Member Meeting, Autumn 2021

02 August 2021

Join the Leather Working Group’s virtual Member Meeting this October! Usually held in-person in Milan — to coincide with the Lineapelle Leather Fair — the LWG will host our fourth virtual Member Meeting on 12th & 13th October 2021 via Zoom. As international travel remains a challenge, we have decided to continue to host our events virtually. We will host two virtual sessions over two days, to allow members to attend at a more suitable time for their region. Our autumn member’s meeting will give members a chance to learn more about the group’s activity over the last six months and major changes on the horizon. Specifically, our October meeting will...