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LWG certification is essential if you want to sell leather goods at a good price to the big brands of the world

LWG certification is essential if you want to sell leather goods at a good price to the big brands of the world

Leather Working Group (LWG), a global leather company, has only one audited factory in Bangladesh. In 2015, the tannery unit of Apex Footwear was awarded the status of Gold Factory by LWG. So far no factory in Bangladesh has got LWG certificate except Apex.

The top exporters of leather are far ahead in this regard. A total of 430 tannery and leather goods factories in the world have received LWG inspection certificates. Of these, 75 are from China, 105 from India, 63 from Brazil, 26 from Italy and 14 from Vietnam.

Even 3 factories in Pakistan, which lags behind Bangladesh in the export of leather and leather products, have received LWG certification. Experts in the leather sector say that LWG certification is necessary to sell leather products at good prices to the world’s big brands.

Just as the US Green Building Council (USGBC) lead certification in the US apparel sector helps garment manufacturers to get orders and better prices, the LWG certification in the leather sector is essential for doing business with a good global buyer.

According to leather entrepreneurs, Bangladesh mainly exports leather and leather products to markets where there is no brand value. As a result, the exporters of this country get lower prices for their products.

Mohiuddin Ahmed, president of the Bangladesh Finished Leather, Leathergoods and Footwear Exporters Association (BFLLFEA), said:

Even if the amount is the same, the export income will increase a lot. However, in the current situation, it is difficult to find buyers of good brands. After the establishment of a leather industrial town in Savar at a cost of Taka 1,079 crore, now there are allegations of river pollution.

In 2005, a number of global brands and footwear manufacturers, such as Nike, Adidas, and Timberland, formed LWG. The company’s goal is to ensure that leather and leather products can be produced while protecting the environment. According to LWG’s website, the company develops a standard framework for factory inspections.

According to that standard, the factories are classified into Gold, Silver, Bronze and General Factories. In the field of factory inspection, they look into various issues like environmental management, management of harmful chemicals or other elements, waste treatment, source of raw materials, use of fuel and water.

66 big brands of the world are members of LWG. The list includes brands like Adidas, Nike, Aldi, Clarks, Koch, Bata, Cole Han, Deutschman, Decker, H&M, Eileen Fisher, Ikea, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger. To sell products to these big brands, you have to buy leather from LWG’s inspected tannery.

-Editor

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