Welcome to the news section. Here you will find recent updates from the Leather Working Group and details of audit awards for leather manufacturers.

News List

Pallavaram CETP Closure Notice

18 May 2018

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...

LWG and the use of consultants

15 May 2018

As the Leather Working Group grows, there are an increasing number of individuals / companies who are providing consulting services to assist leather manufacturers with preparations for LWG audits.  This individuals / companies are not employed by nor authorised by LWG to undertake these consultancy services. The only people who are authorised are the approved list of auditors as detailed on the "Our Auditors" page of the website here:  Our Auditors LWG does understand that there are some regional agents / consultants who provide valuable assistance to our auditing team helping with logistics and language barriers. Leather Manufacturers are...

Bronze Award for Curtiembre Rufino Melero SA

16 May 2018

Congratulations to Curtiembre Rufino Melero SA for achieving a Bronze Medal Award following their recent audit.

New Information Bulletin Released - Guidance for the Prevention of CrVI

08 May 2018

We are pleased to publish our latest information bulletin on guidance for the prevention of Chrome VI in leather manufacturing. 

You can access the information bulletin here:

Information Bulletin 6 - Guidance for Tanners on prevention of Cr VI

All our Information Bulletins are available in the Main Protocol section of the website here: 


Gold Award for T M Abdul Rahman & Sons

10 May 2018

Congratulations to T M Abdul Rahman & Sons for achieving a Gold Medal Award following their recent audit.

Gold Award for Union for Leather SLU

10 May 2018

Congratulations to Union for Leather SLU for achieving a Gold Medal Award following their recent audit.

Gold Award for Huizhou Xubo Leather Co Ltd

10 May 2018

Congratulations to Huizhou Xubo Leather Co Ltd for achieving a Gold Medal Award following their recent audit.

Audit Expiry Dates

11 April 2018

For leather manufacturers undergoing a re-audit, there are a number of guidelines for you to remember: The audit expiry date is taken from the first day of the audit, i.e. if the audit takes place on 1st and 2nd January 2018, the audit expiry date will be 1st January 2020. All audit results are valid for 24 months. Certification remains valid over this timescale unless evidence becomes available to suggest that the audit result is no longer valid. A tannery being re-audited in the month preceding the certification expiry date will be issued with a certificate valid from the current expiry date. A tannery re-audited in the month following certification expiry will...

Gold Award for Vinit Gloves Manufacturing PVT. LTD.

03 May 2018

Congratulations to Vinit Gloves Manufacturing PVT. LTD. for achieving a Gold Medal Award following their recent audit.

Gold Award for Guangxi Qinhou China H K Leather Co Ltd

02 May 2018

Congratulations to Guangxi Qinhou China H K Leather Co Ltd for achieving a Gold Medal Award following their recent audit.

Hong Kong Round Up - March 2018

21 March 2018

LWG had a busy but productive week in Hong Kong starting with APLF 2018 from 14-16 March.  We spoke with over 50 companies, some existing members, others prospective new members and we received enquiries from across the supply chain - from leather manufacturers, brands, machinery suppliers, chemical suppliers, trade publications and auditors and consultants.  New literature had been prepared for the fair and you can find copies here:  Information Documentation We are now in the process of sending information out to everyone who came to the stand and are pleased to report the success of exhibiting there this year.   Friday 16th March saw our LWG...

LWG at this year's APLF!

01 March 2018

This year for the first time, Leather Working Group will have a stand at APLF which is being held at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 14th-16th March 2018.  Please come and visit us at stand: 1E A17/UK APLF is the one of the world’s leading leather trade shows where a huge range of leather and components can be found.  APLF is positioned for the sourcing of leathers further “downstream” or related to the manufacturing industries of leather goods and mid to high quality footwear.  Strategically located in Hong Kong, APLF offers a professional business platform where suppliers can meet thousands of international...