Structure & Governance

The Leather Working Group (LWG) is an international, not-for-profit organisation working to improve the environmental impact of the leather supply chain through audit certification.

Our membership includes over 1200 stakeholders across the global leather industry, from leather manufacturers, to chemical suppliers, to major brands and retailers. The LWG membership plays a crucial role in developing our strategy through their input and engagement via meetings, advisory sub-groups and topical surveys. The LWG Administration Office, based in the United Kingdom, manages the day-to-day operations of the group, overseen by the LWG Program Manager.

LWG Executive Committee

The LWG Executive Committee is the governing body of the Leather Working Group, represented by members across different sectors of the leather industry. The Committee meets once a month and holds an annual Strategy Meeting yearly. Committee Members are democratically elected into their position by other companies in their sector, and they are expected to represent their interests accordingly. It is currently composed of four brands, four leather manufacturers, and one chemical supplier.

Multiple advisory Sub-Groups report into the Executive Committee:

  • LWG Technical Sub-Group (TSG)
  • LWG Tannery of the Future Sub-Group (TOTF)
  • LWG Traceability Working Group (TRWG)
  • LWG Trader Working Group (TWG)
  • LWG Supplier Sub-Group (SSG)
  • LWG Animal Welfare Group (AWG)

Structure of the Leather Working Group

LWG-Approved Auditors

The LWG Technical Sub-Group appoints a limited number of independent experts to conduct audits using the LWG Audit Standards. LWG Auditors are not directly employed by LWG, but instead carry out audits on our behalf. Our auditing team is international, with auditors based in Europe, Asia and Oceania. Our current auditing team consists of 12 experienced auditors from 10 different countries, with clients based all over the world. 

Contracted Facilitator

The LWG Executive Committee has appointed an external facilitator, Eurofins | BLC Leather Technology Centre Ltd. (BLC), to manage the day-to-day operations of the company. The project management offered by BLC includes communications with LWG membership, coordination of member meetings and events, refining the LWG Audit Standards, presenting audit results, and the preparation of audit reports.