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September 5, 2022

Leather Working Group to launch chain of custody project

Leather Working Group (LWG) will launch the first phase of a new chain of custody project that aims to drive transparency and provide a mechanism for verified green claims later this month.

By Beth Wright

Leather Working Group (LWG) will unveil its LWG Chain of Custody Project at the LWG Member Conference on 22 September.

Whatever your role in the leather sector – from producer through to consumer – understanding chain of custody and supporting transparency is essential, LWG says.

The move comes as markets for leather goods are changing to address consumer demands, as well as comply with new regulations that aim to prevent greenwashing. Labelling is key, LWG says, as it provides visibility to the positive attributes – showing simply and accurately how a product was made or where it comes from. A transparent supply chain and verified sustainability information is essential to ensure these labels are legal, verified, and can therefore be trusted.

Leather Working Group’s Chain of Custody Project will create a vision for how this will be developed, together with a practical delivery plan specifically designed for the leather industry. Developed by Leather Working Group in partnership with 3P Strategy, the LWG Chain of Custody Project is designed to provide a robust method of assurance for the leather products that you purchase.

“Being able to make verified sustainability claims, supported by evidence is a critical priority,” says Christina Trautmann, head of Leather Working Group, who adds the project will launch at the LWG member conference in September.

“This initiative will support Leather Working Group’s mission to create a foundation for showcasing sustainable leather products. We are calling on industry stakeholders to embrace this initiative by working with us to build transparency and trust in leather as sustainable material.”

The LWG Chain of Custody Project brings together Leather Working Group members from across the industry, alongside subject matter experts and technology providers, to discuss, define and agree how to support verified product claims.

Leather Working Group recently reached a 1,000-member milestone.

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