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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...


LWG Webinars: Introduction to the LWG Claims Framework

02 August 2021

Join the Leather Working Group team on Wednesday 18 August 2021 for an online briefing on the updated LWG Claims Framework. Originally launched in 2020, the Claims Framework was designed to give guidance to brand and retailer members of the LWG on how to communicate about their membership of LWG and how to communicate to their customers about the benefits of LWG certification. The webinar will also cover planned updates to the Claims Framework in the next 18-24 months, tying into LWG’s work on related topics, such as traceability and chain of custody in the leather supply chain. Suitable for all brand/retailer members of the LWG, the session will give new members an introduction...


Protocol 7.1 becomes mandatory in August 2021

02 August 2021

After a six-month introductory period, the newest version of the LWG Audit Standard for leather manufacturers (Protocol 7.1) becomes mandatory for all audits as of 22 August 2021, replacing the existing P6.7. Protocol 7 was originally published in February of this year, and we have allowed for the statutory six-month introductory period of member consultation and training. Member feedback was considered by the Technical Sub-group and refinements to the audit standard were made, resulting in the publication of P7.1.   The LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol 7.1 introduces several major changes to how we assess tanneries and aims to provide a more holistic assessment of their...


We’ll be at the Sustainable Leather Forum 2021

02 August 2021

LWG will be joining the 2021 Sustainable Leather Forum this autumn! Hosted by the Conseil National du Cuir, the Sustainable Leather Forum was launched to gather professionals to share knowledge and experiences of implementing a holistic Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) approach to the global leather industry. Multiple stakeholders from across the leather industry will present on social, environmental, and economic topics related to leather manufacturing and purchasing, with speakers from organisations such as Leather Naturally, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the FILK Freiberg Institute, the French department store Galeries Lafayette, and many more. Christina...


New members joining LWG in July 2021

02 August 2021

Join us in welcoming new members of the Leather Working Group this month! See our new members below: New Brands/Retailers Aigle International S.A Filling Pieces B.V The Bridge S.P.A Lancel Sogedi S.A Punihani International Sessun SAS Strandbags Group Pty Ltd. TFG Brands (Damsel in a Dress, Hobbs, Phase Eight, Studio 8, and Whistles) New Suppliers Artemenko Srl Bomapell srl In addition, more companies have become certified this past month. See below the leather manufacturers, traders, subcontractors, and commissioning manufacturers that have recently joined LWG for the first time: Leather Manufacturers Aspells Deri Konfeksiyon San. ve Tic....


LWG and Textile Exchange cement partnership through reciprocal membership

22 July 2021

Northampton, United Kingdom — 22 July 2021: The Leather Working Group, the world-leading certification for the leather manufacturing industry, has agreed a partnership with Textile Exchange to grant reciprocal membership of their respective organisations, to drive alignment, and facilitate better collaboration and resource sharing.  The agreement will provide each organisation with reciprocal membership, allowing them to access each other’s resources, join member-only events and discussions, as well as foster a stronger working relationship to reduce the impact of the leather...


LWG publishes Protocol 7.1

06 July 2021

The LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol has been updated to Version 7.1 (P7.1).  Version 7.0 of the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol (P7) was published on 22 February 2021. After receiving feedback from our membership and auditing team, the LWG Technical Sub-Group (TSG) has made some minor updates. After the standard 6-month period, P7.1 will replace P6.7 on 22 August 2021.   Protocol 7.1 includes additional clarifications and minor amendments in several sections, including:  Audit Introduction  Page ii  24-Month Data Period: Clarified how the 24-month...


LWG welcomes two new staff members

06 July 2021

A new administrator & sustainability project manager have joined the LWG team. We are pleased to welcome two new members of Leather Working Group staff, who have joined the core team as of 30 June 2021.   Leticia Millward has joined LWG as our new Sustainability Project Manager. Leticia will help grow the group’s technical offering by contributing to audit developments, providing technical advice and expertise, and developing special topics, such as lifecycle assessments for leather as a material. Leticia joins us after completing her PhD in Leather Technology at the University of Northampton. Leticia will work...


LWG x 1% for the Planet: We've joined as a Non-Profit Partner

06 July 2021

Being a Non-profit Partner allows LWG Members to count their membership fee towards their 1% giving commitment.  The Leather Working Group has joined the  1% for the Planet network as a Non-profit Partner. This means that businesses can now count their annual LWG membership fees towards their commitment to donate 1% of their annual sales to environmental causes.   1% for the Planet is a global network of businesses, individuals and non-profit organisations dedicated to tackling key environmental issues through direct giving. The organisation aims to connect businesses with environmentally...


New members joining LWG in June 2021

06 July 2021

A number of new member organisations joined the Leather Working Group between 1-30 June 2021. See our new members below:  New Brands/Retailers  Punto Deri San.ve Tic. A.S.  Bultel Bekleidungswerke  Okaidi SA (including Oxybul)  Richemont International  Nomad Goods, Inc  Apollo International Limited  Icebug AB  Ivy Leathers Ltd  Church & Co. Ltd.  Vibevej (Billi Bi)  Toteme AB  Piquadro S.p.A.  Hej Company ApS (Still...


We're hiring: Traceability Project Manager

02 July 2021

Are you our new Traceability Project Manager?  The LWG project team is looking for an experienced Traceability Project Manager to take responsibility for our work on the traceability of leather, including developing a new scope of work to verify chain of custody.   Our Traceability Project Manager will act as the group’s expert on all topics related to international regulations on traceability, chain of custody, and due diligence, and they will manage the LWG Traceability Working Group (TrWG).  This is a full-time role with a remote team based in the UK, that may require occasional travel into the...