LWG | Leather Working Group
The purpose of this multi-stakeholder group is develop and maintain a protocol that assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather tanners and producers and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry.
The group seeks to improve the leather industry by aligning environmental priorities, bringing visibility to best practices and providing suggested guidelines for continuous improvement.
The LWG works transparently, involving suppliers, brands, retailers and technical specialists within the leather industry, NGOs, academic institutions and other stakeholder organizations.
Offer the use of guidelines, consistent throughout the leather industry;
Provides regular dialogue and updates with industry peers and leather specialists;
Demonstrates public commitment to environmental protection;
Give access to a list of leather and leather producers audited (voluntary listing).
Leather Industry Protocol
The protocol is intended to provide suggested guidelines for the environmental performance of leather and tanneries;
The LWG has adopted a guidance document that gives tanners and leather producers information on suggested best environmental practices;
The protocol was developed and reviewed by leather manufacturers, brands and industry experts for suitability and technical feasibility.
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New version of LWG protocol
Protocol 6.6 has been published and has been available for auditing since 1 October 2018. In line with LWG's commitment to ensure that an adequate notice of preparation is given, there was an introductory period where leather manufacturers could choose to use P6.5.3 or the new P6.6. As of April 1, 2019, P6.6 became mandatory and P6.5.3 was removed from circulation.