Leather Production Standards Benchmarks

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.
Leather Production 1

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.

Leather Production Environmental Standards Benchmark

The environmental benchmark requirements are based on the LWG’s Environmental Audit Protocol – Issue 6.6.2, June 2019. The benchmark requirements are specific to the leather production industry and its environmental and chemical management challenges. A standard owner has the possibility to apply for a benchmark assessment through the LIA benchmarking process. Under this process the standard requirements will be assessed against the benchmark requirements. To date only the LWG bronze level is known to meet this benchmark. The leather production environmental benchmark addresses the following topics:
  • Operating permits
  • Tannery data
  • Environmental management systems
  • Restricted substances
  • Energy consumption
  • Water usage
  • Air and noise emissions
  • Waste management
  • Effluent treatment
  • Emergency plans
  • Housekeeping
“A benchmark is a reference point against which something is evaluated.” (iseal)
Leather Production 2

Leather Production Social Standards Benchmark

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:

  • Social policy
  • Legal compliance
  • Forced labor
  • Child labor
  • Freedom of association
  • Discrimination/Fair treatment of workers
  • Operational health and safety
  • Building safety and emergency preparedness
  • Wages
  • Working hours
  • Grievance mechanisms
    Business ethics

A standard owner has the possibility to apply for a benchmark assessment through the LIA Benchmark Approval Process (draft) or the SCCI Benchmarking Process.