Benefits of Membership

The LWG philosophy on membership is that brands and suppliers fund the group through annual subscriptions, while leather manufacturers are required to be assessed via the LWG Environmental Audit Protocol and to achieve a rating - Gold, Silver, Bronze or Audited.

For Brands

Immediate access to an established environmental auditing system that has been developed by the worlds’ leading centre of excellence for the leather industry in conjunction with several major brands and their tanner suppliers

Reduced manpower and cost requirements to conduct environmental audits

In depth assessment and measurement of the tanner’s technical/environmental process and the ability to define improvement

A mechanism that supports the promotion of continual improvement in environmental performance

Demonstrates your brand’s commitment to environmental protection

 

For Tanners

Reduced manpower requirements to manage and supervise during environmental audits

Input and representation for the tanners during the process

Reduced costs when preparing for numerous audits from different brands

Audits conducted by industry experts and hence realistic expectations and measures set

A mechanism that supports the promotion of continual improvement in environmental performance

 

For Suppliers

An opportunity to understand directly the environmental objectives set by the brands and the pressures on the leather sector through third parties

Input and representation for the suppliers during the process

Involvement in a forum that supports the promotion of continual improvement in environmental performance

The opportunity to network and effect positive change in conjunction with industry peers

 

Commitment From Brands

Brands commit to engage 25% of their leather supply chain within 3 years of membership and 50% within 6 years of membership

Brands commit to attend at least one of the two annual meetings held by the LWG

Brands are required to complete the member survey every year