The Leather Working Group collaborates with other industry stakeholders wherever there is a direct benefit to our members.


ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals)

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme takes a holistic approach to tackling the issue of hazardous chemicals in the global textile, leather and footwear value chain. Learn more about their roadmap here. 

Their goal is to eliminate the use of priority chemicals by focussing on the following areas: Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) & Conformity Guidance, Wastewater Quality, Audit Protocol, Research, Data and Disclosure, and Training.

Leather Working Group recognise the importance of chemistry in the responsible manufacture of leather material. 

With the desire of our members for improved chemical management and the introduction of the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme, LWG collaborated with ZDHC to contribute to and endorse the MRSL for Leather. 

As a progression to that work, LWG also developed a Chemical Management Module (CMM) to further drive improvement in chemical management, chemical health & safety and to aid prevention of Chrome VI.  It is hoped that Part A of the CMM will meet equivalency with the ZDHC approved tool, the FEM Higg Index.

Current collaboration with ZDHC is centred around waste water limits and LWG continues to engage with ZDHC to assist them with understanding the leather industry in this regard.


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UNIDO (United Nations Industrial Development Organisation)

UNIDO is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.

As of January 2018, 167 States are Members of UNIDO. They regularly discuss and decide UNIDO’s guiding principles and policies in the sessions of the Policymaking Organs.

SLCP (Social Labor Convergence Project)