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Leather Impact Accelerator (LIA)

What is the Leather Impact Accelerator?

The Leather Impact Accelerator (LIA) is a framework that sets existing industry tools into a coherent package and enables leather supply chain members – from farmers to retailers – to contribute to a more responsible leather supply chain.

LIA is not a standard – instead, it is a program 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. 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.

LIA Components

The LIA components serve as tools that actors in the leather supply chain – from farmers up to retailers – may utilize to meet their company’s needs and contribute to a more sustainable leather supply chain. Click on each component to learn more.

Benchmarking

The industry already has many standards, so a benchmark approach has been adopted to leverage and add value to the standards and programs that are already in use. In addition to benchmarking, we will evaluate traceability programs and the verification protocols.

Benchmarks set a minimum threshold for practices and give recognition to those who meet or exceed them. The LIA benchmarks will be included in the regular review process of LIA and the threshold levels may be adjusted to drive continuous improvement in the sector.

The Leather Impact Accelerator (LIA) uses benchmarks to address the areas of Animal Welfare, Deforestation/Conversion-Free (DCF), and Leather Production.

How to Participate

Brands & Retailers

Brands and retailers may work with LIA in several different ways. They may choose to source directly from LIA-approved suppliers or farms (when available), purchase Impact Incentives, or participate in the LIA Corporate Commitment and map their supply chains. Brands and retailers may also use the LIA Claims Guide to communicate about their work with LIA.

Brand & Retailer Documents

Resources

LIA Corporate Commitment

Through the LIA Corporate Commitment, brands will be able to make a public commitment to LIA and set targets associated with these two areas. We suggest a 5-year target, but brands can choose the timeframe that works best for them, with a maximum of 10 years starting from 2021.

The LIA Corporate Commitment is composed of two modules. Brands may choose to participate in one or both modules, and both include a requirement to report progress towards this commitment on an annual basis.

1. 100% Incentives Purchase-to-Leather Use Match

This commitment module requires brands and retailers to commit to purchasing Impact Incentives at an increased amount per year, with a goal of matching 100% of their leather use by the end of a chosen timeframe (within ten years maximum from 2021).

Example of a 5-year Impact Incentives commitment:

  • Year 1: 20% of annual leather use is matched to Impact Incentives
  • Year 2: 40%
  • Year 3: 60%
  • Year 4: 80%
  • Year 5: 100%

2. Report Progress

All committed brands must report progress towards their LIA Corporate Commitment by completing the leather module of the Textile Exchange Corporate Fiber and Materials Benchmark (CFMB) on a yearly basis.

Engage in mapping your leather production supply chain by the end of the selected timeframe (within ten years maximum) and confirm that each supplier is certified to a LIA-approved standard for both the environmental and social Leather Production benchmarks.

1. Leather Production Supply Chain Mapping

A supplier is considered to be “mapped” under the LIA corporate commitment if the following information is provided at the minimum:

  1. Company name
  2. Address of head office and all production sites
  3. Contact person and contact details (email and/or telephone number)

2. Supply Chain Certification

A supplier is considered to be “mapped” under the LIA corporate commitment if the following information is provided at the minimum:

Example of a 5-year supply chain commitment:

Year 1
  1. Map all finishing suppliers.
  2. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Environmental Standards Benchmark.
  3. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Social Standards Benchmark.
Year 2
  1. Map all post-tanning suppliers.
  2. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Environmental Standards Benchmark.
  3. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Social Standards Benchmark.
Year 3
  1. Map all tanning suppliers.
  2. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Environmental Standards Benchmark.
  3. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Social Standards Benchmark.
Year 4
  1. Map all beamhouse suppliers.
  2. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Environmental Standards Benchmark.
  3. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Social Standards Benchmark.
Year 5
  1. Map all slaughterhouses.
  2. Provide documentation that slaughterhouses in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Animal Welfare Standards Benchmark.

3. Report Progress

All committed brands must report progress towards the commitment by completing the leather module of the Textile Exchange Corporate Fiber and Materials Benchmark (CFMB) on a yearly basis.

Leather Production Supply Chain

Leather production supply chain facilities may become LIA-approved through being certified to standards that meets both the environmental and social benchmarks for LIA. In addition to certification, supply chain members are also required to be participating in a hide traceability system; guidelines for traceability are included in the Leather Production Supply Chain Mapping & Traceability Guidelines document below.

When available, a list of LIA-approved leather production standards will be shared.

Leather Production Supply Chain Documents

Resources

Farmers

In order to become a LIA-approved farm, a farm must be certified to a standard that is approved to the LIA Animal Welfare Standards Benchmark and/or be verified to the DCF Protocol. The farm must also be participating in a live animal traceability system that tracks the purchase and sale of individual cattle, guidelines for which are included in both farm-level documents below.

When available, a list of LIA-approved animal welfare standards will be shared.

Farm Level Documents

Resources

Standards Owners

Schemes may apply to have their standard’s criteria benchmarked against the applicable LIA benchmark document for either animal welfare or leather production*.

The overall process for being benchmarked is outlined through the Standards Benchmark Approval Process, during which the standard’s management protocols will be assessed through the Standards Management Criteria.

*Leather production supply chain facilities must meet both environmental and social benchmarks

Partner Programs

Partner Programs are on-the-ground projects or initiatives that support a farms or farm groups to improve their practices by helping them meet the DCF Protocol and/or the Animal Welfare Standards Benchmark. Partner Programs may join Impact Partnerships with brands and sell Impact Incentives to aid their work in helping farmers meet LIA.

Partner Program Documents

Resources

Third-Party Verifiers

Third-party verifiers confirm that the criteria for the Deforestation/Conversion-Free (DCF) Protocol are met. They are also responsible for verifying the required Farm Questions, confirming the traceability system used, and registering qualifying Impact Incentives onto the Incentive Trading Platform.

Note: Requirements for third-party verifiers/certifiers for animal welfare are determined by the individual standards approved to the Animal Welfare Standards Benchmark. These verifiers may also register Impact Incentives associated with animal welfare on the Incentives Trading Platform.

Documents for Third-Party Verifiers

Resources

Brands & Retailers

Brands and retailers may work with LIA in several different ways. They may choose to source directly from LIA-approved suppliers or farms (when available), purchase Impact Incentives, or participate in the LIA Corporate Commitment and map their supply chains. Brands and retailers may also use the LIA Claims Guide to communicate about their work with LIA.

Brand & Retailer Documents

Resources

LIA Corporate Commitment

Through the LIA Corporate Commitment, brands will be able to make a public commitment to LIA and set targets associated with these two areas. We suggest a 5-year target, but brands can choose the timeframe that works best for them, with a maximum of 10 years starting from 2021.

The LIA Corporate Commitment is composed of two modules. Brands may choose to participate in one or both modules, and both include a requirement to report progress towards this commitment on an annual basis.

1. 100% Incentives Purchase-to-Leather Use Match

This commitment module requires brands and retailers to commit to purchasing Impact Incentives at an increased amount per year, with a goal of matching 100% of their leather use by the end of a chosen timeframe (within ten years maximum from 2021).

Example of a 5-year Impact Incentives commitment:

  • Year 1: 20% of annual leather use is matched to Impact Incentives
  • Year 2: 40%
  • Year 3: 60%
  • Year 4: 80%
  • Year 5: 100%

2. Report Progress

All committed brands must report progress towards their LIA Corporate Commitment by completing the leather module of the Textile Exchange Corporate Fiber and Materials Benchmark (CFMB) on a yearly basis.

Engage in mapping your leather production supply chain by the end of the selected timeframe (within ten years maximum) and confirm that each supplier is certified to a LIA-approved standard for both the environmental and social Leather Production benchmarks.

1. Leather Production Supply Chain Mapping

A supplier is considered to be “mapped” under the LIA corporate commitment if the following information is provided at the minimum:

  1. Company name
  2. Address of head office and all production sites
  3. Contact person and contact details (email and/or telephone number)

2. Supply Chain Certification

A supplier is considered to be “mapped” under the LIA corporate commitment if the following information is provided at the minimum:

Example of a 5-year supply chain commitment:

Year 1
  1. Map all finishing suppliers.
  2. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Environmental Standards Benchmark.
  3. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Social Standards Benchmark.
Year 2
  1. Map all post-tanning suppliers.
  2. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Environmental Standards Benchmark.
  3. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Social Standards Benchmark.
Year 3
  1. Map all tanning suppliers.
  2. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Environmental Standards Benchmark.
  3. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Social Standards Benchmark.
Year 4
  1. Map all beamhouse suppliers.
  2. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Environmental Standards Benchmark.
  3. Provide documentation that suppliers in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Leather Production Social Standards Benchmark.
Year 5
  1. Map all slaughterhouses.
  2. Provide documentation that slaughterhouses in this tier are certified to a standard that meets the Animal Welfare Standards Benchmark.

3. Report Progress

All committed brands must report progress towards the commitment by completing the leather module of the Textile Exchange Corporate Fiber and Materials Benchmark (CFMB) on a yearly basis.

Leather Production Supply Chain

Leather production supply chain facilities may become LIA-approved through being certified to standards that meets both the environmental and social benchmarks for LIA. In addition to certification, supply chain members are also required to be participating in a hide traceability system; guidelines for traceability are included in the Leather Production Supply Chain Mapping & Traceability Guidelines document below.

When available, a list of LIA-approved leather production standards will be shared.

Leather Production Supply Chain Documents

Resources

Farmers

In order to become a LIA-approved farm, a farm must be certified to a standard that is approved to the LIA Animal Welfare Standards Benchmark and/or be verified to the DCF Protocol. The farm must also be participating in a live animal traceability system that tracks the purchase and sale of individual cattle, guidelines for which are included in both farm-level documents below.

When available, a list of LIA-approved animal welfare standards will be shared.

Farm Level Documents

Resources

Standards Owners

Schemes may apply to have their standard’s criteria benchmarked against the applicable LIA benchmark document for either animal welfare or leather production*.

The overall process for being benchmarked is outlined through the Standards Benchmark Approval Process, during which the standard’s management protocols will be assessed through the Standards Management Criteria.

*Leather production supply chain facilities must meet both environmental and social benchmarks

Partner Programs

Partner Programs are on-the-ground projects or initiatives that support a farms or farm groups to improve their practices by helping them meet the DCF Protocol and/or the Animal Welfare Standards Benchmark. Partner Programs may join Impact Partnerships with brands and sell Impact Incentives to aid their work in helping farmers meet LIA.

Partner Program Documents

Resources

Third-Party Verifiers

Third-party verifiers confirm that the criteria for the Deforestation/Conversion-Free (DCF) Protocol are met. They are also responsible for verifying the required Farm Questions, confirming the traceability system used, and registering qualifying Impact Incentives onto the Incentive Trading Platform.

Note: Requirements for third-party verifiers/certifiers for animal welfare are determined by the individual standards approved to the Animal Welfare Standards Benchmark. These verifiers may also register Impact Incentives associated with animal welfare on the Incentives Trading Platform.

Documents for Third-Party Verifiers

Resources

LIA 0.1 and the 2021 "Pilot Year"

Textile Exchange is thrilled to announce the launch of the Leather Impact Accelerator (LIA) 0.1 and the start of a one-year pilot phase for implementation of the program components.

Included in this launch are the core LIA documents, applicable to the farm and leather production supply chain levels, as well as support documents for all users to participate in and use LIA to contribute to a more responsible global leather supply chain.

About the Version 0.1 and the Pilot Year:
  • Implementation of all LIA components will begin
  • Impact Incentives can be traded and claimed during the pilot year
  • We will continue to review feedback and results throughout the year
  • Revisions may be made at the end of the year; if major changes are needed, we will engage with stakeholders again

Want to pilot LIA 0.1? Get in touch with us!

How does LIA Align with Textile Exchange’s 2030 Climate+ Strategy?

Climate+ sets a direction for urgent climate action with a goal of 45% reduced CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 2030. Forests are one of the world’s best carbon stores, and deforestation accelerates climate change, and cattle ranching is linked to agricultural expansion in some of the most important biomes on this planet. LIA addresses deforestation through its DCF Protocol, compliance with which enables farmers and farm groups to sell Impact Incentives to brands and be financially rewarded for their commitment to preserving the land. As LIA evolves, our aim is to add more scopes that will work towards meeting our Climate+ goals.