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Know better the origin of your leather products


Consumers increasingly want to better know the provenance of the products they buy. Operational transparency and environmental impact are an important part of purchasing decisions.

The leather industry understands this and responsible manufacturing commits to certified standards and working with initiatives such as ZDHC in order to develop a better product.

Leather Working Group

The objective of this multi-stakeholder group is to develop and maintain a protocol that assesses the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather manufacturers and promotes sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry.

ICEC – Institute of Quality Certification for the Leather Sector

The Code of Conduct and Social Accountability, a tool provided by UNIC Italy, is a basic instrument to widespread the principles regulating business activity. In this document the principles of conduct and social accountability characterizing the leather manufacturers are officially defined.

Brazilian Leather Certification of Sustainability (CSCB)

Brazilian Sustainability certification standard that applies the tripod of sustainability concept in which a tanning industry’s results are considered in economic, environmental, and social terms.


By managing chemical inputs, ZDHC wants to ensure safer products, cleaner water and fresher air. The initiative focusses on leather and other materials and maintains a Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL) and Waste Water Guidelines. Chemicals can be approved according to different conformance and are published on the ZHDC Chemical Gateway.

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