The Leather Impact Accelerator (LIA) uses benchmarks to address animal welfare and deforestation/conversion-free at the farm level, the social and environmental impacts of leather processing, and to set expectations for traceability. Brands can use LIA to support best practices in the leather value chain and make credible claims about their actions.
LIA is not a standard – it is a benchmarking program that recognizes and rewards best practices in the leather value chain. To this end, LIA uses 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, and the Claims Framework provides guidance for all LIA participants to make credible claims.
LIA is comprised of six components which 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.
Animal Welfare Benchmark
Conversion-Free (DCF) Protocol
Leather Production Benchmark
LIA Impact Incentives
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.
We invite you to review the second draft of the Leather Impact Accelerator (LIA) 1.0 documents and give us your feedback. This public consultation is your chance to review the program and help guide the future of its benchmarks and protocols.
The public comment period will close on December 1st, 2020.
We welcome you to contact us with any questions you may have about LIA. If you would like to play a role in the development and review of LIA, we invite you to join the International Working Group.
Piloting will soon begin for LIA benchmarking and Impact Incentives. For more information on participating in a pilot, please get in touch.