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LWG Regional Meeting in Brazil 2019

22 October 2019

We are pleased to announce that the next LWG Regional Meeting will take place in Brazil on Wednesday 6th November 2019, from 9am to 4pm at the Locanda Hotel in Novo Hamburgo.

The meeting will provide an update on LWG's most recent workstreams, feature external speakers on traceability and offer information on the LWG Trader Audit Protocol.

Visit our meeting registration page to view the agenda or register your attendance.

LWG Launches 'Tannery of the Future - Are You Ready for an Audit?' Self-Assessment

10 October 2019

The Leather Working Group (LWG) is pleased to announce the launch of the 'Tannery of the Future - Are You Ready for a Audit?' self-assessment questionnaire. The collaboration between LWG and the Tannery of the Future (TOTF) foundation was announced at the LWG Member Meeting in Hong Kong in March 2019.  The original Tannery of the Future Sustainability Checklist was designed as an awareness tool, particularly focused on providing information to smaller tanneries in less developed countries. By bringing TOTF into the LWG programme, the checklist has been integrated into the existing LWG 'Are You Ready for an Audit?' questionnaire and relaunched as a...

LWG Signs Memorandum of Understanding with UNIC

08 October 2019

Following nine months of meetings and discussions, Leather Working Group (LWG) are delighted to confirm that we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UNIC, the Italian National Tanning Association, on Friday 4th October 2019. Italy is an important sector of the global leather industry and LWG has a significant Italian membership, including around 50 leather manufacturers and trading companies, as well as machinery and chemical suppliers.  This new, more collaborative, relationship with UNIC will benefit the Italian tanning sector as well as our wider membership and we are looking forward to developing joint areas of work where we can strengthen our efforts to...

LWG Member Meeting in Milan 2019

08 October 2019

The Leather Working Group held its 30th Group Member Meeting last week in Milan, alongside a series of sub-group meetings and other events.  The week began with working group sessions and a  meeting of the Executive Committee where final approval was given for a number of key initiatives including the launch of the new “Tannery of the Future – Are You Ready For An Audit?” self-evaluation tool and the next version of the Trader Assessment Tool, version 3.0.1.  Tuesday 1st October saw a record number of delegates attend the Group Member Meeting – over 150 registrations from all sectors of the industry and from all regions of the world.  For the...

LWG and Traceability

02 September 2019

Traceability remains an important and relevant issue for our members and we have recently had numerous requests for information on what LWG's requirements are.  Traceability has been part of our protocol since 2008 and our vision is to have a fully traceable supply chain although we recognise that this is challenging to achieve. It should be noted that: Geographical differences exist in how material enters the supply chain, such as culture, religion, economics and climate LWG's philosophy is to score traceability transparently as a separate percentage figure for material traceable to the slaughterhouse with physical marking, material traceable to the...