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Li Auto joins Leather Working Group as the first Chinese automotive manufacturer

23 May 2022

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom — 23 May 2022: Li Auto becomes the first China-based car brand to join Leather Working Group and the third automotive manufacturer member committed to responsible leather sourcing.  As a leader in China’s new energy vehicle market, Li Auto joins Leather Working Group (LWG) to affirm its commitment to sourcing responsible and sustainable leather. Innovation drives sustainable development at Li Auto, who design, develop, manufacture, and sell premium smart electric vehicles, providing families with safe, convenient, and refined products. Delivering over 90,000 vehicles to the Chinese marketplace in 2021, Li Auto places great importance on the...

Oihana Garcia-Chevillotte joins LWG as new Community Engagement Manager

10 May 2022

LWG welcomes its newest member of staff, Oihana Garcia Chevillotte, who takes up the post of Community Engagement Manager as of Monday 9th May 2022. Oihana will take ownership of all membership related tasks, including acting as a first port of call for all member enquiries. Oihana joins LWG after spending two years as a Senior Officer for the Corporate and Governing Members Engagement for the International Water Association and brings her knowledge and expertise of liaising with corporate stakeholders for an international sustainability organization. Oihana has an MSc in International Management from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and holds a bachelor's degree in Business, Law...

Emma Linnell joins LWG as Audit Administrator

10 May 2022

We're pleased to be able to welcome Emma Linnell to the LWG team as our new Audit Administrator. Emma has over 25 years of experience working in administration. Most recently, Emma has spent 16 years working at Eurofins | BLC Leather Technology Centre, where she was responsible for reporting, document management, general administration, and supporting the business directors as needed. At LWG, Emma will be responsible for managing the administration related to our 1330+ audited members in over 55 countries, which includes the delivery of LWG audit reports and certificates, managing certified member listings on the LWG website, and more.  On joining the LWG team,...

Consumer attitude towards leather - Guest post by Kerry Senior, Leather UK

09 May 2022

Author: Kerry Senior, Director of Leather UK In 2021, Leather UK commissioned a survey of 2,000 UK adults to examine consumer attitudes to leather, their understanding of leather and the alternatives, and changes in their shopping habits including where they buy, their attitudes to repairing and reusing products and the importance of sustainability in their purchasing decisions. The results of the survey were eye-opening, and the full report can be found here, Leather Survey. The issue of sustainability was key for many consumers. The survey found that half (47%) of adults think about the potential impact on the planet when it comes to buying clothes and a third (35%) buy clothing and...

Data collection begins on the LWG Lifecycle Assessment

09 May 2022

Data collection begins for the LWG Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) project, originally announced in November 2021. The largest LCA for the leather industry, the LWG Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) aims to quantify the environmental impact of leather made in LWG-certified manufacturing facilities by collecting data on key impact areas. LWG is working with Italy-based sustainability consultancy, Spin360, to investigate the environmental impact across areas such as energy and water usage, air and wastewater emissions, and waste management. As of April 2022, Spin360 started engaging with leather manufacturers that will be part of the LWG LCA, to kick-off the data collection period of the...

Recap of the LWG Regional Traceability Steering Committee meeting, May 2022

09 May 2022

First meeting of the LWG Regional Traceability Steering Committee took place on 4th May 2022 The LWG Regional Steering Committee is a sub-group of the LWG Traceability Working Group (TrWG), launched initially in late 2021 to progress traceability within leather supply chains from regions without industrialized slaughterhouses. Version 7.0 (P7) of the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol (LMAP), which became mandatory in August 2021, introduced a new way to assess the level of traceability possible in non-industrialized regions. Tanneries are scored based on the traceability system (physical marking vs. documented) and the level of traceability (back to a region, a group of...

Coming Soon: LWG's New Website

02 May 2022

Including better user functionality, new and updated web content, more valuable supplier listings, and the potential to access a certified sites' Supplier Scorecard, LWG plans to relaunch its website this summer. Taking on board our member’s requests for a more efficient user journey, the new website will give our members tighter control of their company profiles and access requests from their colleagues. In addition, all new web content will be made available alongside LWG’s new branding. We will also launch the first phase of the LWG Supplier Scorecard, which was first presented as a concept at the April 2021 LWG Virtual Member’s Meeting. Realizing this...

Successful LWG Spring Member Meeting, April 2022

28 April 2022

Following a busy beginning to the year, the Leather Working Group team hosted one of their bi-annual member meetings virtually, on 26 and 27 April 2022. The event brought together stakeholders from across the leather supply chain, including brands and retailers, leather manufacturers and traders, and many more. The program featured talks given by speakers from PrimeAsia Leather Company, adidas, and TFL Ledertechnik. Future Direction Ian Scher, Chair of the LWG Executive Committee, kicked off our meeting with a summary of LWG’s goals and future strategy: LWG envisions a future where responsible leather sourcing exists in harmony with people, nature, and the planet. To do this,...

Celebrating Earth Day 2022

22 April 2022

LWG wishes you a happy Earth Day 2022 At Leather Working Group, we are inspiring our members to align with our climate-based targets for a better planet and a sustainable future with responsibly made leather. By 2030, we have committed to achieving a 100% deforestation and conversion-free (DCF) leather supply chain. We have also aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs). We have more climate-based goals to be announced soon! Active participation by our members helps us evolve the leather industry towards a more sustainable future. Leather Working Group members can get involved with what we do by participating in our subgroups and steering...

Successful visit to APLF Dubai for LWG

11 April 2022

Driving transformational change in the leather industry, launch of World Leather Day 2022, and positive conversations had at APLF 2022 in Dubai.  As part of the return to in-person events, APLF hosted their annual leather fair in Dubai World Trade Center from 30 March to 1 April 2022. As a multistakeholder organization that was originally created to bring business together to provide a solution for responsible leather sourcing, we were excited to see so many businesses coming together from across the sector; an ethos that is at the corium of what we do.  Many of our certified members exhibiting at the fair were clearly communicating their Leather...

World Leather Day 2023 announced after success at APLF launch

11 April 2022

April 07, 2022, Northampton, UK — World Leather Day 2023 is officially announced after uniting organizations across the leather industry to positively promote leather during the social media communications event on March 30, 2022.  World Leather Day 2022 was a joint initiative between Leather Working Group (LWG) and Leather Naturally (LN) and its aim was to engage the industry to celebrate the positive attributes of leather. Leather is a circular material, a by-product of the meat industry and it is one of the original bio-based, durable materials.   Participating in World Leather Day 2022 has given the industry an opportunity to showcase the material and take...

Gruppo Mastrotto joins the LWG Executive Committee

08 April 2022

Renata Sartori of Gruppo Mastrotto joins the LWG Executive Committee representing the leather manufacturing sector  LWG is pleased to welcome Gruppo Mastrotto as the newest member of the LWG Executive Committee (EC), elected by our certified leather manufacturer members to represent their sector of membership.   Based in Italy, Gruppo Mastrotto will be represented by Renata Sartori, who has served as the company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) since 2015, after working as the business’ Purchasing Director from 1986. Gruppo Mastrotto joins the EC as of 1 April 2022 and will sit on the decision-making body of the group for a term of four years.  Gruppo...

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