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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...

Incoming Traceability in Protocol 7.0

04 May 2021

In our latest webinar, we took a deep dive into LWG’s new requirements for incoming traceability in Protocol 7. Improving traceability in the leather supply chain is a key priority for the Leather Working Group. As such, we introduced new requirements and strengthened our existing criteria in Protocol 7, which was launched this February.   The revised Incoming Material Traceability section assesses a leather manufacturer’s ability to trace their incoming material back to the specific slaughterhouse or region of origin. On top of that, the section provides a breakdown of country of origin and information on the traceability...

Results from the 2021 LWG Member Survey

04 May 2021

Every year, LWG opens a full membership survey to allow our members to provide insight, answers and the feedback on LWG’s work and future plans. The 2021 LWG Member Survey opened in February and was open for four weeks, gathering 336 submissions from LWG member companies, representing a 36% response rate – our biggest response to date.  Challenges for the Leather Industry  In terms of challenges to address, LWG members felt that the growing presence of non-leather alternative materials (synthetic, plant-based, bio-fabricated, etc.), recovering from the impact of COVID-19, and the environmental footprint...

Join Us! LWG Webinar on Production Data & Outgoing Traceability

04 May 2021

Sign up for one of our webinars on the updated Production Data and Outgoing Traceability sections in Protocol 7.0 on 5/6 May.  In the next set of informational webinars on the LWG Leather Manufacturer Audit Protocol 7.0, the Leather Working Group will focus on two sections: Production Data and Outgoing Traceability.   Formerly known as “Tannery Data”, the revamped Production Data section gathers information on the material bought, processed, and sold by a leather manufacturer, ultimately designed to connect the leather supply chain in...

Highlights from the LWG Virtual Member Meeting, April 2021

29 April 2021

Data-driven insights and digitalisation, supply chain transparency and traceability, collaboration, and enhanced consumer marketing were on the top of the agenda at the 2021 LWG Virtual Member’s Meeting.   The Leather Working Group (LWG) hosted its spring member meeting over two duplicate virtual sessions on 27/28 April 2021, open to representatives of all member companies from across the global leather supply chain.   Members who missed the meeting can access the meeting slides and recording by logging in to the Member Area.  LWG Membership...

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