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UK LWG and WWF Collaborate on ESG Concerns in Leather Industry

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The Leather Working Group (LWG) welcomed the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as a member of the group to strengthen its partnership and create effective change in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices of the leather industry. This is part of the LWG’s continued mission to holistically improve the impact of the leather supply chain.

The collaboration will combine the efforts of the two organizations and maximize their impact on a range of initiatives aimed at driving positive environmental and social change in the leather supply chain, UK-based LWG said in a statement from hurry.

“Collaboration is key to our group’s success, and we are delighted that WWF is joining the LWG as a member and to continue to strengthen our partnership with them to help us achieve our goals. Using the resources of WWF, as well as our own expertise and our established link with the leather industry, our strengthened relationship is expected to result in a significant and lasting change in ESG practices in the leather supply chain ”, Christina Trautmann, program manager at the Leather Working Group (LWG), said.

The Leather Working Group (LWG) welcomed the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) as a member of the group to strengthen its partnership and create effective change in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices of the leather industry. This is part of the LWG’s continued mission to holistically improve the impact of the leather supply chain.

Historically, the LWG has sought input and advice from NGOs such as WWF and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), on topics such as traceability and deforestation. This new step is a significant strengthening of the existing partnership, represented by WWF joining LWG as an official member from August 2021.

The LWG-WWF collaboration will build on LWG’s existing knowledge base and established lines of work to investigate, establish and promote additional solutions to support businesses in the leather industry. In turn, members of the leather supply chain will be able to adopt robust systems and meet their scientific commitments in the areas of deforestation, water management, human rights and emissions.

“The work being developed by the Leather Working Group to improve the sustainability of leather value chains is an important step in improving transparency and building trust for leather stakeholders at all levels. , especially since the LWG welcomes members of civil society for their participation and contribution. for additional checks on material from geographies threatened in the audit protocol is a very effective way to achieve zero deforestation and supply chains for leather globally.The Leather Working Group aims to tackle against habitat loss in an open, scientific and data-driven way – WWF is backing this, ”said Mauricio Bauer, senior director of beef and leather supply chains at the World Wildlife Fund US.

The LWG aims to facilitate better traceability and transparency in the leather supply chain through the audit of the leather manufacturer LWG. A key priority for the LWG is to work towards a fully deforestation and conversion free (DCF) leather supply chain through due diligence which is required as part of the LWG audit.

In addition to the traceability and due diligence measures required in the audit of the LWG, WWF will provide expert advice to help the LWG guide companies in the leather industry to understand and respond to issues associated with the provenance and production of leather as a material. This will include providing access to key frameworks such as the Accountability Framework Initiative (AFI) and tools such as WWF’s DCF Implementation Toolkit, designed to help companies reduce their risk of exposure to deforestation through supply chain monitoring.

Managing water use in leather production has always been a key environmental priority in LWG auditing standards, as well as a goal of our collaboration with organizations working in this space. To strengthen this work, LWG will build on WWF’s work on protecting water resources to help all businesses in the leather supply chain, including brands and retailers, understand and manage their use. of water, and reduce their impact. Version 7.0 of the LWG Leather Manufacturers Audit Protocol (P7) introduced for the first time a section on social auditing, driven by the evolving needs of LWG members. On this basis, LWG member companies will work to implement good practices, governance and programs aimed at protecting vulnerable communities and safeguarding human rights within the supply chain of the country. leather.

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