LIA is not a standard – instead, it is a programme that uses benchmarks and protocols to set a minimum threshold for practices at the farm and leather production levels and gives recognition to those who meet or exceed them

LIA is not a standard – instead, it is a programme that uses benchmarks and protocols to set a minimum threshold for practices at the farm and leather production levels and gives recognition to those who meet or exceed them

Textile Exchange has launched Version 0.1 of its Leather Impact Accelerator (LIA), a package of tools and concepts aimed at creating a more responsible leather supply chain.

A one-year pilot phase is now underway for the LIA, which combines existing industry tools and new concepts into a coherent package for leather supply chain members – from farmers to retailers.

The aim is to set a minimum threshold for practices at farm and leather production levels, and give recognition to those who meet or exceed them. Brands can use Impact Incentives to provide direct financial support to farmers that meet LIA benchmarks, and the LIA Claims Guide provides support for all LIA participants to make credible claims.

During 2021, all LIA components will undergo piloting to ensure implementation runs smoothly and all aspects of the programme achieve a level of impact and credibility that the industry expects. At the close of the pilot year, feedback and results will be used to refine LIA for the release of Version 1.0.

Textile Exchange emphasises that LIA is not a standard, but a programme that uses benchmarks and protocols. It adds there are several opportunities for companies to take part in pilot programmes and encourages interested parties to get in contact.

The global non-profit renamed its Responsible Leather programme as the Leather Impact Accelerator (LIA) in April of last year.

Click here for more about LIA and all its components.