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New Leather Manufacturer Audit Termeer Tannery BV

23 June 2020

Congratulations to Termeer Tannery BV on their Silver Medal award for their recent first Audit!


Bronze Award for Curtume Sulino Ltda.

25 June 2020

Congratulations to Curtume Sulino Ltd on their Bronze Medal award for their recent Audit


New Approved Trader Velopell SL

18 June 2020

Congratulations to Velopell SL on their succesful completion of a Tradere Audit


Welcome A+B Hides GmbH & Co.KG following their succesful Trader Audit

08 June 2020

Welcome A+B Hides GmbH & Co.KG following their succesful Trader Audit


LWG Welcomes New Operations Manager

28 May 2020

The Leather Working Group is pleased to announce that Christina Trautmann has joined the group in the role of Operations Manager. Christina will be based in our Northampton office in the UK, working closely alongside our other key operations staff who focus on membership, events, administration and technical development. Prior to joining LWG, Christina comes to us after spending the last seven years with adidas, having mostly worked within footwear material sourcing. Most recently in her role as the Portfolio Manager for leather, she gained valuable experience within the leather supply chain and also represented adidas on the LWG Executive Committee. Her background is in...


Results from the 2020 LWG Member Survey

28 May 2020

The annual LWG Member Surveys are an essential tool for helping steer the direction and focus of the Leather Working Group. We received a total of 245 responses to the 2020 LWG Member Survey, comprised of: 125 Leather Manufacturers 56 Suppliers 45 Brands/Retailers 18 Agent Traders This represents 34% of the total LWG Membership and the highest survey response rate we have seen.  By analysing the key themes of the Member Survey, we hope to understand the main priorities for our members across the leather supply chain and make effective change where possible. The key takeaways from the 2020 Member Survey are: The development direction of the...


LWG Launches Webinar Series

28 May 2020

In an effort to provide continued value for member companies, the Leather Working Group will launch a series of regular webinars on several different topics with relevance to the leather supply chain.  Drawing from our training programme in 2019, we will redevelop our training workshops on chemical management and the LWG Trader Audit Protocol into webinars suitable for online delivery. Each webinar will last approximately 1-hour and will be delivered in English. Each topic will be scheduled multiple times to accommodate participants across multiple time-zones. Additional webinars will focus on: Audit Documentation and Administration Environmental Management...


Covid-19 Survey Reminder

28 May 2020

LWG reminds members to please complete the Covid-19 Impacts Survey, opened for responses from all Voting Contacts on 13th May 2020. As a member organisation, LWG values feedback and input from our member companies across the leather supply chain. Our annual Member Survey, usually opened in January each year, is a key driver in the group’s strategic direction for the next 12 months. Given the continued development of the global public health emergency and its impact on our industry, we recognise that the priorities of our member companies may have shifted since they completed our annual survey in January/February. If you are listed as the Voting Contact for your company,...


LWG grants 12-month audit extension

18 May 2020

All LWG-certified leather manufacturers holding a valid certificate will be granted a 12-month extension of their membership. After much discussion, the LWG Executive Committee have agreed to extend the current 24-month certification period to 36 months temporarily, giving LWG leather manufacturers a period of stability during these uncertain times.  The group initially provided 3-month extensions to companies due for a re-audit between February and early May 2020. Going forward, all tanners will be automatically granted the 12-month extension without the need for a formal request.  Companies holding a certificate that has already been extended by 3-months will be granted...


Leather Working Group Statement on COVID-19

23 March 2020

Since the inception of the Leather Working Group in 2005, we have supported stakeholders across the global leather industry to provide confidence in your supply chains. Over recent weeks, our organisation and many member companies have felt the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on business. We wanted to reach out to all of our members to reassure you that we, as a group, are taking a pro-active approach to keep our staff safe and maintain full operational capacity. Here’s what we have done so far: Cancelled the LWG Member Meeting in Hong Kong, following the cancellation of the Asia Pacific Leather Fair. This meeting was replaced by an online webinar on 26th May...


Silver Award for Curtume Moderno S.A

13 May 2020

Congratulations to Curtume Moderno S.A on their Silver Medal Award 


Demonstrating conformance to the ZDHC MRSL

23 April 2020

Conformance to the ZDHC MRSL During a LWG Chemical Management Module (CMM) audit it is not necessary that chemical products be registered in ZDHC Gateway in order to demonstrate conformance to the MRSL requirements. Conformance can be demonstrated by either: a written declaration of conformance to the ZDHC MRSL, from the chemical supplier, or a demonstration of conformance from the chemical supplier, using the ZDHC Gateway - Chemical Module. ZDHC MRSL 1.1 or 2.0? The LWG CMM requires conformance to the ZDHC MRSL version in place at the time of a CMM audit (at date of issue of this statement, this refers to Version...