Leather Working Group

The objective of this multi-stakeholder group is to develop and maintain a protocol that assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather manufacturers and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry. The group seeks to improve the leather manufacturing industry by creating alignment on environmental priorities, bringing visibility to best practices and providing suggested guidelines for continual improvement.

Working transparently with brands, suppliers, retailers, leading technical experts in the leather industry, NGOs and other stakeholder organizations is the group’s objective. The Leather Working Group (LWG) consists of member brands, retailers, product manufacturers, leather manufacturers, chemical suppliers and technical experts working together to develop an environmental stewardship protocol specifically for the leather industry.

The group strives to promote improvement in the leather manufacturing industry by creating alignment with environmental priorities and making best practices visible and providing guidelines for continuous improvement. The LWG meets at different locations around the world twice a year. These venues vary depending on the timing of fairs and events in the topical industry, but tend to rotate between Asia, the United States or Europe. All members are open to the meetings.

There is an Executive Committee consisting of representative parties providing the group with oversight and direction. LWG expects any brands or suppliers wishing to use the LWG protocol to evaluate their leather supply chain to be fully engaged, paid-up Leather Working Group members. Leather Working Group Limited is governed by the Association Memorandum and Articles of Association, Issue 3, dated April 2016 (amended pursuant to a special resolution adopted at the Company’s General Meeting on April 2, 2016).

The medal levels were set based on industry best practice as well as the LWG’s philosophy of incremental improvement. Therefore, there is not necessarily a linear connection between the environmental impacts of the awards due to both the content of each section and the above items. The sections are scored for simplicity with 85 (Gold), 75 (Silver), 65 (Bronze).  A non-medal assessment and failure are also possible.