To meet the LIA requirements, a supplier must be certified to standards that meet the environmental and social benchmarks set by LIA.
LIA-approved standards will be listed when available and will have been assessed by a third-party to confirm that they meet the applicable Leather Production benchmark. This will simplify sourcing; brands can be confident that the supplier is meeting the minimum practices established by LIA, regardless of which standard they are using.
As with the other components of LIA, social concerns related to the leather production value chain are addressed through a standards benchmark.
The social benchmark sets a threshold to identify existing standards that meet a minimum level of best social practices in leather production facilities. It addresses human rights, working conditions and livelihood related to employment in the leather production supply chain.
In the first version of LIA, the leather production social requirements are aligned with SSCI Benchmarking Requirements, Version 1.0, PART III – AI: Processing and Manufacturing scope (social), developed by the Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative (SSCI) from the Consumer Goods Forum and launched in 2019. The benchmarking requirements have been developed to assess social standards for processing/manufacturing facilities from all sectors and not specifically for the leather production sector.
The social topics addressed in the SSCI’s benchmark are: