While the LWG Executive Committee (EC) is the main decision-making and strategy-setting body of the Leather Working Group, they are advised by several different sub-committees. The LWG Sub-Groups are dedicated to discussing and developing work that will add value to the Leather Working Group and its membership. 

The LWG Subgroups are as follows:

  • 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)

At least one member of the LWG Executive Committee sits on each Sub-Group to ensure full transparency and monitoring of their activities.

Technical Sub-Group (TSG)

The LWG Technical Sub-Group (TSG) exists to create, develop and review the LWG Audit Standards and all other technical content regarding their scope. TSG members are appointed on the basis of an individual's technical experience. 

Technical Sub-Group Members:

  • Carl Flach — ISA TanTec
  • David Wright — Tapestry, Inc.
  • Diego Navarro – Curtidos Badia
  • Ian Scher - PrimeAsia Leather Corporation
  • Jon Loxston — Pittards Plc
  • Jutta Knoedler — ITG GmbH
  • Mark Lucas — Eurofins | BLC Leather Technology Centre
  • Viswanathan Munusamy – Nati Consulting
Traceability Working Group (TRWG)

The LWG Traceability Working Group (TRWG) was launched in 2020 to help create a foundation for traceable material. To do this, the TRWG will:

  1. Define what traceability means on country level, including:

  • deforestation

  • animal welfare

  • predominant regional slaughter type

  1. Understand what traceability needs to achieve and what the priorities are

  2. Establish what solutions exist to facilitate better traceability

  3. Define a way to assess and measure the requirements in the protocol

  4. Improve traceability along the value chain, primarily through phasing requirements into the audit protocol

Tannery of the Future (TOTF) Sub-Group

The TOTF Sub-Group exists to develop, maintain and implement the ‘LWG Tannery of the Future – Are You Ready for an Audit?’ self-assessment tool.  

TOTF Sub-Group Members:

  • Ralph Arbeid— Hueni
  • Allison Cowee — Ariat
  • Egbert Dikkers — Smit & zoon
  • Mark Lucas — Eurofins | BLC Leather Technology Centre
  • Cinzia Guccini — Burberry
  • Viswanathan Munusamy – Nati Consulting
  • Md. Firoz Talukder — Apex Footwear
  • Dietrich Tegtmeyer — TFL
  • Gert van der Bijl — Solidaridad Network
Supplier Sub-Group (SSG)

The LWG Supplier Sub-Group aims to provide a platform for supplier members of the group to make a significant contribution to the LWG objectives and assist in resolving industry issues. 

Supplier Sub-Group Members

All Supplier Members of the LWG are automatically members of the SSG. In addition, at least one EC Member acts as the Chair of the group. The current SSG Chair is:

  • Dietrich Tegtmeyer — TFL Ledertechnik GmbH
Trader Working Group (TWG)

The original objective of this sub-group was to develop an assessment tool to enable part-processed material traders to engage with the LWG program and manage LWG rated material through their business.  The Trader Assessment Protocol is now active and the group has subsequently evolved into a membership group for all LWG members who fall into the following categories:  Part-processed Material Traders, Agent Traders, Split Processors and other members who operate in this sector.

The new objective of the trader working group is to provide a platform for the trader sector to make a significant contribution to the LWG objectives and assist in resolving industry issues. 

Trader Working Group Members
All Part-Processed & Finished Material Traders, Agent Traders, Split Processors and other LWG members who operate in this sector are automatically members of the TWG. The group is chaired by a member of the LWG Executive Committee:

  • Andy Seaward — Tong Hong Tannery Ltd
Animal Welfare Group (AWG)

The LWG Animal Welfare Group (AWG) is a separately funded educational subcommittee of the Leather Working Group. The AWG is designed to help educate members of the leather value chain on the salient aspects of animal welfare.

The AWG's primary outputs to date including 26+ country profile reports ad an animal welfare guide (created in partnership with RSPA & Progressive Beef), tailored for companies operatinng within the leather supply chain. The current AWG Co-Chairs are:

  • Sarah Nichols - Bellroy
  • Erika Benz - Adidas

For more information about the AWG, get in touch with our admin team directly

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