Levi's, the denim brand, outlined its strategy for leather in recent sustainability report, emphasising its commitment towards sourcing from Leather Working Group (LWG)-rated tanneries. In 2021, only 35% of their suppliers were rated by LWG, but this figure increased to 60% in 2022.
Levi's stated, "While we only use a small amount of leather, we do understand the impact of leather on biodiversity and thus work to source leather from Leather Working Group-rated suppliers. We are dedicated to improving the methodology used to calculate the amount of LWG-rated leather in our products by partnering with LWG and our suppliers.”
Furthermore, the company aims to achieve zero deforestation across high-risk materials by the conclusion of fiscal year 2025. It identifies high-risk materials as natural rubber, bovine leather, and man-made cellulosic fibres, employing data from the EU Deforestation Regulation.
Commenting on the report, CEO Chip Burgh said: “We know we have a way to go, but I’m confident that we’re moving in the right direction. And we will keep pursuing impactful innovation, upholding our global standards of conduct, working with established partners and seeking out new collaborations to help us meet our sustainability ambitions.”