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Announcing World Leather Day, March 30, 2022

23 March 2022

[March 23, 2022], Northampton, UK — Leather Working Group (LWG) and Leather Naturally (LN) are introducing this global initiative to encourage organizations within the leather industry to positively promote leather.  As their first collaborative initiative, World Leather Day 2022 will be introduced on March 30 by Leather Working Group (LWG) and Leather Naturally (LN), with the aim of getting everyone talking about leather, raising awareness about the positive attributes of leather, and encouraging the industry to participate in next year’s event. World Leather Day 2022 conveys the core message that Leather is a durable, versatile, and upcycled...

Find out more about the LWG Claims Framework, Version 2.2

18 March 2022

Want to make claims and use the LWG logo in your labelling? Check out Version 2.2 of the LWG Claims Framework today! Originally published in 2020, the LWG Claims Framework is a guide for our brand and retailer members to understand how they can talk about their LWG membership and label their leather products. Version 2.2, published in March 2022, made some amendments to help clarify the claims process, as well as provide brands with access to the updated LWG company logo, which can be seen below: See the changes between Version 2.1 and 2.2 below: Logo: Updated LWG logo now available for brands to use, including black and white versions. Product...

Leather Working Group offers support to leather manufacturers in Ukraine

15 March 2022

Northampton, United Kingdom — 15 March 2022: In response to the recent conflict, Leather Working Group (LWG) offers its full support to its LWG member companies based in Ukraine. As a multi-stakeholder organization, LWG has members all over the globe and we therefore have a responsibility to support our members in different regions in times of crisis, be it environmental, humanitarian or other. LWG condemns Russia’s military aggression towards Ukraine and stands in complete solidarity with the unfortunate victims of this war. We will provide support to our certified members in Ukraine where possible, particularly in relation to their continued membership and...

Mark your calendar: LWG Virtual Member Meeting scheduled for 26 April 2022

07 March 2022

Leather Working Group is pleased to invite our membership to join our virtual member’s meeting at the end of next month. The LWG Member Meeting will provide an update on our work over the last six months, including developments on:  The LWG Audit Standards  Traceability requirements within the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol 7  The LWG Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) project  The Supply Chain Mapping project We will run two separate sessions, the first on Tuesday 26th April at 4-6.30pm BST and the second on Wednesday 27th April 2022 at 9-11.30am BST.   More details of the agenda and speakers are to...

Welcome to Stuart Cranfield, LWG Head of Operations

07 March 2022

LWG welcomes Stuart Cranfield as new Head of Operations  As of 1 March 2022, Stuart Cranfield joined the LWG team to head up the operations of the group.   Stuart joins us after spending the last 36 years at Clarks, working across multiple different locations and functions. In his previous role, Stuart was central in establishing and managing the social audit program at Clarks and has taken active roles in several multi-stakeholder initiatives including SLCP, CGF SSCI and BSI PAS24000.  Stuart has experience in manufacturing and project and program management, and he has a wealth of experience in technical auditing requirements, standards, and processes....

Update from the Traceability Working Group (March 2022)

04 March 2022

LWG’s Traceability Working Group (TrWG) met for the first meeting of the year on 2 March 2022  The main focus of the meeting this quarter was the progress in the development of mandatory traceability and deforestation due diligence requirements.  The headlines from this work are that a phased approach will see an expanded scope of regions/countries where additional due diligence assessments will be required if sources overlap with regions at risk of deforestation.  The assessment of traceability as a mandatory requirement within the LWG audit will be phased-in according to the LWG Traceability Roadmap.  With specific thresholds defined relating to medal...

A successful Lineapelle visit for LWG

28 February 2022

The LWG team visited the leather fair in Milan last month – the group’s first trade show attendance in two years.  Over 22-24 February 2022, LWG attended the Lineapelle International Leather Fair in Milan, Italy. After two years of travel disruption, our team was pleased to be able to get back out there and meet with both members and non-members to discuss our programme and future projects.   Day one of the fair was a little quiet, but the second day was particularly busy – with many visits to the LWG stand and meetings with different stakeholders in the industry.  At this Lineapelle, over 85 LWG-certified member companies were present to exhibit...

Cast your vote: LWG Executive Committee election open now

28 February 2022

Voting has opened for the next leather manufacturer representative of the LWG Executive Committee — cast your vote now!  After serving on the LWG Executive Committee (EC), UK-based leather manufacturer Pittards has come to the end of their first term. As such, their seat on the EC is now up for election. After several weeks of nominations, the ballot for this election includes the following candidates:  Gruppo Mastrotto — Represented by Renata Sartori, Chief Executive Officer  ISA Industrial — Represented by Carl Flach, Senior Director for Operational Strategies  JBS Couros — Cezar Augusto Gernhardt, Global Commercial...

Update on LWG Subcontractor Audit Protocol 2.0 Consultation

21 February 2022

On 1 December 2021, Leather Working Group opened a 60-day consultation period on Version 2.0 of the LWG Subcontractor Audit Protocol (SCAP). At the end of the consultation as of 31 January 2022, LWG confirms that over 100 feedback comments were submitted to the group. As a result, the LWG Technical Sub-Group (TSG) has reviewed the consultation feedback and, as an interim measure, the group has made the decision to delay the phase-out of the LWG Mini Audit, designed for the assessment of subcontractors as part of the audit process for leather manufacturers. The Mini Audit was due to be phased out and replaced by mandatory SCAP audits on 22 August 2022. In addition, LWG will create an...

Leather Naturally and Leather Working Group join forces

18 February 2022

Northampton, United Kingdom — 18 February 2022: Two major leather industry membership not-for-profits, Leather Naturally and Leather Working Group, agree to closer working practices through reciprocal membership.  We are pleased to announce the reciprocal membership agreement between Leather Naturally and Leather Working Group, that will lead to both industry non-profits working more collaboratively in the future.  The industry membership association, Leather Naturally (LN), is dedicated to the promotion of leather and the provision of education on leather as a material. Through its activities, studies, and global resource center, it promotes the use of globally...

Visit us at Lineapelle this February

07 February 2022

Leather Working Group will be at the Lineapelle Leather Fair in Milan, Italy later this month.  Our first trade fair attendance in two years, the LWG team will be back at in Milan for the Lineapelle over 22-24 February 2022. We will be in Hall 9, Stand M09.  Several members of the LWG team will be on site to answer your questions about our program:  Christina Trautmann, Head of LWG  Leticia Millward, Sustainability Manager  Jen Toes, Communications & Events Lead  If you’d like to set up a meeting with a member of our team, get in touch with the LWG office directly by emailing...

Events we’re attending in 2022

07 February 2022

Each year, Leather Working Group attends a range of different events to showcase our work, connect with the LWG community, and engage with other stakeholders across the leather supply chain. In 2022, we’re planning to get back out there and attend the events below:  Lineapelle Leather Fair Milan Milan, Italy  22-24 February 2022  Hall 9, Stand M09  APLF Dubai Dubai, UAE  30 March to 1 April 2022  Hall & Stand TBC  Première Vision Paris, France  5-7 July 2022  Hall & Stand TBC  Sustainable Leather Forum 2022 Paris, France  12 September...

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