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.
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.
Animal Welfare Standards Benchmark
Leather Production Standards Benchmark
Conversion-Free (DCF) Protocol
LIA Impact Incentives
LIA Claims Guide
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.
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:
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.