The Leather Production benchmark assesses current industry standards and programs covering hide processing operations from beamhouse to finished leather. Two distinctive scopes are included in the Leather Production benchmark: one addressing environmental challenges and one addressing social challenges.
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.
The requirements for both the environmental and social scopes of the Leather Production benchmark are outlined in the LIA Leather Production Scope Benchmark Criteria draft document.
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:
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: