IC Companys has joined the Leather Working Group

Apr 28, 2014, 10:53

IC Companys is joining brands like Timberland, H&M, and Ecco in the Leather Working Group in order to get feasible solutions on the challenges in the leather supply chain.

There is no doubt that leather production is a high risk area which has our full focus. Harmful chemicals used in tanneries preparing raw leather potentially harm both workers and the surroundings.

Also the traceability of leather is difficult, but a necessary step in order to improve the sustainability of the leather supply chain.


We have worked hard on reducing our leather supplier base and regularly visiting our nominated leather suppliers. But these efforts cannot stand alone. We believe that a membership of The Leather Working Group will help us create a more transparent leather supply chain. We are working with our suppliers to ensure that they will approach their tanneries and urge them to become members of Leather Working Group. The membership will, after training & audits, result in a grading system according to the level of compliance. Furthermore and importantly we will be able to rate the traceability of the skin used for our products.


Our membership of the Leather Working Group is another step in our quest to find solutions and through cooperation to achieve industry leverage. Our memberships of Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Danish Ethical Trading Initiative, the Business Social Compliance Initiative and Kemikaliegruppen are examples of this work, which we believe to be of utmost importance. Please visit icgroupmulti.wpengine.com/responsibility for more information.


Leather Working Group:

“The objective of this multi-stakeholder group is to develop and maintain a protocol that assesses the compliance and environmental performance of tanners and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry.The group seeks to improve the tanning industry by creating alignment on environmental priorities, bringing visibility to best practices and providing suggested guidelines for continual improvement.It is the group’s objective to work transparently, involving brands, suppliers, retailers, leading technical experts within the leather industry, NGOs and other stakeholder organizations.”

For more information please visit www.leatherworkinggroup.com

Contact information:

Any questions regarding the cooperation with Leather Working Group can be directed to Morten Lehmann, Corporate CSR Manager, mole@iccompanys.com

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