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April 22, 2020

Textile Exchange renames Responsible Leather programme

Textile Exchange has renamed its Responsible Leather programme, and plans to include additional scopes over time, while strengthening current expectations.

By Michelle Russell

Textile Exchange has renamed its Responsible Leather programme, and plans to include additional scopes over time, while strengthening current expectations.

Now named the Leather Impact Accelerator (LIA), the first drafts of LIA 1.0 are now being released for stakeholder consultation and programme piloting.

The goal of LIA is to accelerate positive impacts in the leather industry through widescale adoption of better practices, including mitigating climate change, protecting biodiversity, respecting social and animal welfare, and reducing the environmental impacts of leather production.

It currently addresses scopes such as animal welfare, deforestation, live animal traceability, and environmental and social issues within the leather supply chain.

In the spirit of continuous improvement, Textile Exchange says additional scopes will be added over time, and the current expectations will be strengthened.

“We are proud to lead on creating the Leather Impact Accelerator, a powerful tool that brands can use to convey their expectations to their supply chains, as well as to support better practices and share these actions with consumers,” says La Rhea Pepper, managing director at Textile Exchange.

LIA is not a standard – it is designed to leverage and add value to the work that is already being done in the beef and leather industries. To this end, LIA uses standards benchmarks to set a minimum threshold for practices 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. The Claims Framework will provide guidance for all LIA participants to make credible claims.

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