News List

We're hiring: Data Analyst

02 July 2021

Are you our new Data Analyst?  The LWG project team is looking for a Data Analyst who will take responsible for the management and analysis of the LWG audit data, as well as identify and develop the automation of systems to increase efficiency and digitalise our processes.   Our future Data Analyst should be degree-educated in engineering or computer science (or a related field), have several years of experience in a similar role, and have excellent knowledge of Excel, Tableau, and Power BI.   This is a full-time role with a remote team based in the UK, that may require occasional travel into the office. For more...


Call for new LWG-approved Auditors (June 2021)

09 June 2021

**PLEASE NOTE: THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THIS ROLE HAS NOW CLOSED**   Apply now to become an approved auditor for the Leather Working Group Are you an experienced independent environmental auditor or consultant in the field of leather technology? Do you have a good working knowledge of the Leather Working Group and the LWG Audit Standards? If yes, apply to become LWG-approved auditor today! Due to the continued growth of our membership, we are currently seeking to approve two new auditors to carry out audits using our proprietary audit standards for leather manufacturers, traders, subcontractors, and commissioning manufacturers. In particular, we are looking to approve...


Getting to know P7: 24-month data period phase in

18 June 2021

Leather manufacturers will be required to submit 24 months of data under the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol 7 (P7) In previous versions of the LWG Audit, tanners were required to submit 12 months of data to achieve their LWG certification. Under Protocol 7, the period for assessment has been increased from 12 months to 24 months. Monthly data for 4 key sections will need to be submitted during an audit: Production Data, Energy Consumption, Water Usage, and Effluent Treatment. Phasing in the requirement The period for assessment has been increased from 12 months to 24 months from P6.7 to P7. As this is a new requirement, announced on 22 February 2021, it will be phased...


P7 Webinar Series: Join the LWG webinar on Restricted Substances

08 June 2021

Learn more about restricted substance compliance in tanneries this June Sign up for one of the next LWG webinars on 23/24 June to learn more about our restricted substances requirements in the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol 7.0 (P7). The webinar will be hosted twice across different time-zones, to allow for stakeholders across global leather industry to attend the session that suits best, and will be delivered by Mark Lucas, Principal Environmental Auditor with the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) and long-time LWG Auditor and Technical Manager. Join us to learn more about: New requirements in the Restricted Substances, Compliance &...


Update from the LWG Traceability Working Group (May 2021)

08 June 2021

The LWG Traceability Working Group (TRWG) met for their Q2 meeting on 25 May 2021, to discuss the key drivers and ultimate end goals for facilitating better traceability in the leather supply chain. A consortium of brands, certified leather manufacturers and NGOs, the group was launched in late 2020 as a dedicated forum for stakeholders across the global leather industry to consider common issues, identify solutions, and drive change through the LWG Audit Standard. At the Q2 Meeting, the TRWG identified some of the key drivers for achieving traceability within the leather supply chain, which included: Anticipating and meeting legislative requirements Increased demand from...


P7 Webinar Series: Managing Wastewater in Tanneries

08 June 2021

Learn more about LWG’s new effluent treatment requirements in P7 on 7/8 July 2021 Join the Leather Working Group (LWG) and Mark Lucas, LWG Auditor & Technical Manager, for a live webinar on 7/8 July 2021 to learn more about: Changes to the Effluent Treatment section of the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol 7.0 (P7) Differences in direct discharge (ETP) and indirect discharge (CETP, METP) LWG’s wastewater testing requirements and frequency Alignment with the ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines The webinars are suitable for both leather manufacturers wanting to know more about how they can demonstrate compliance under P7, as well as brands and retailers...


Translations of P7 coming soon

08 June 2021

Protocol 7 will be translated into six languages: Spanish, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and French Full translated versions of the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol 7.0 (P7) will become available via the LWG website within the next 2 months. P7 will become mandatory in all leather manufacturer audits on 22 August 2021, after the end of the 6-month introductory period. The protocol will be translated in six languages: Chinese (Simplified) French – New! Italian Korean Spanish Portuguese (Brazilian) We are adding French to our official translations list, due to the growth of audits in French-speaking regions. Check the P7 Documentation page...


UNECE launches ‘Sustainability Pledge’ for garment and footwear sectors

08 June 2021

On 20 May 2021, the UNECE launched ‘The Sustainability Pledge’, a call to action for governments, garment and footwear manufacturers and industry stakeholders to improve the environmental and ethical credentials of the garment and footwear sectors. The Sustainability Pledge aims to meet consumer demand for more information on how products are sourced and manufactured. Once available, more transparent global supply chains will allow all stakeholders to identify issues within the garment and footwear sectors and take steps to reduce environmental and social concerns. In an effort to implement more transparency within global supply chains, the UNECE has published a toolkit of...


Making sustainability claims for leather products

07 June 2021

Consumer demand for sustainable products is higher now than ever before, driving a revolution in how many global brands do business. Communicating those efforts to consumers is becoming increasingly more regulated, with growing scrutiny and legislative pressure to ensure sustainability claims are accurate and verifiable.   The OECD defines environmental claims as “assertions made by firms about the environmentally beneficial qualities or characteristics of their goods and services.” Essentially, these claims are used to communicate with potential customers (especially consumers) by highlighting the...


Health, Safety & Social Compliance in Tanneries

02 June 2021

Driving social responsibility in the leather supply chain through the LWG Audit Standard. We hosted two webinars on the new health, safety, and social compliance requirements in P7, the latest version of the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Standard, on 26/27 May 2021. The session was designed to give leather manufacturers and brands an understanding of the strengthened criteria in the Health, Safety and Emergency Plans section, and explain how the LWG will recognise social audit certifications in the new Social Audit section. Intro to Social Auditing Athiya Khatri, APSCA Certified Social compliance auditor and Technical Audit Manager at Eurofins Consumer Products...


US leather industry report on leather usage & cattle rearing

27 May 2021

US leather industry report finds cattle numbers would stay the same even if leather production stopped A recent report commissioned by the Leather & Hide Council of America (L&HCA) draws on 25 years of data to understand the relationship between the leather industry and the number of cattle reared in the US. The report found that the demand for (and price of) animal hides dropped by 50% over the 25-year period, but the number of cattle raised for the food industry remained the same. Furthermore, ending leather use could lead to an increase in landfill use and greenhouse gas emissions.   L&HCA President, Steve Sothmann explained: “This report economically...


Update on Remote Auditing

04 May 2021

Remote LWG audits will continue for the foreseeable future, as travel continues to be restricted.  In 2020, LWG launched a remote auditing option for those leather manufacturers who could not undergo the re-certification process, due to travel restrictions and public health concerns as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.   All certified members of LWG were granted an automatic 12-month extension to their certificate as of 18 May 2020. As we approach the one-year anniversary of this extension, travel remains difficult to impossible for most parts of the world. As such, the LWG is pleased to be able to continue to offer remote audits to...