"The rising demand for sustainable and fair leather calls for a future-proof industry"

The ‘Tannery of the Future’ is an easily accessible sustainability checklist for tanneries, wholesalers, fashion brands and retailers. They use this document to discover how leather production can improve on sustainability, on the basis of questions on 14 different aspects of CSR e.g. housekeeping, waste management, working conditions and wages.


The Tannery of the Future also provides references to sources of more in-depth information and guidance. The checklist acts as a means for dialogue between buyers and sellers, by focusing on customers’ interests to define the areas that are crucial to future-proofing the industry.

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Mike Redwood, spokesperson at Leather Naturally


Leather Naturally is all about promoting leather which is made responsibly. The last 25 years has seen huge changes in the leather industry in terms of reduction in chemicals, energy and water used as well as the proper involvement and treatment of the workforce. This has been accompanied by a change in business culture that has moved most tanneries towards being true to its natural raw material and being as good as possible.


Throughout the world there are a number of mostly small tanneries who do not have the funds to become involved in any of the auditing systems that the industry is now widely using. For these tanneries the Tannery of the Future checklist for sustainable leather production is proving a superb way for them to understand where they stand and what they need to do to meet International standards.


Leather Naturally is keen to both support and promote Tannery of the Future as we believe it is really helping to improve tanneries throughout the world, especially in emerging countries. Leather is one of the most sustainable materials society can use. We need to push Tannery of the Future so that can be the case everywhere in the world.

Paulien Wesselink – Founder of O My Bag


We introduced the Tannery of the Future self-assessment to our tanner in Kolkata, India. His dream is to make his tannery into a model tannery where eco-friendly leathers are produced, for the well-being of it’s workers and their families. Our tanner aims to reduce his environmental footprint to it’s smallest possible size.


Using the Tannery of the Future self-assessment proved to be fairly easy. The document covers all major issues and the intent and design are pretty straight-forward. The self-assessment also includes a paragraph on future plans. We felt the self-assessment could pay even more attention to sustainable plans for the future. Overall, it’s a very usefull document for any brand or tanner that wants to improve it’s operations. 

Merunisha Moonilal – CR Manager at Netraco

Our tannery in China is not necessarily interested in becoming an eco-friendly tannery but as a commercial business, they will adjust to necessary requirements in a growing sustainable leather supply chain. While we stressed that the self-assessment tool was not a test, it nonetheless features a rating system. While the document covers social and environmental issues, a bottleneck for the tannery was language. We suggest that the tool is available in local languages.

We think the self-assessment is a good start for tanneries to evaluate their current social and environmental impact, giving the tannery enough tools to develop remediation plans for the future. It is a well thought through document and covers the main issues in the leather supply chain. Netraco will encourage its suppliers to use this tool to self-evaluate.

LWG and Tannery of the Future announce collaboration

LWG and the Tannery of the Future foundation have announced they will fully integrate the Tannery of the Future sustainability checklist into the Leather Working Group website and programme.

The rise of fake: how much (more) will leather suffer?

Since 2014 there is a downward trend in global leather and leather products trade. The move towards fake leather is a major cause, and not just because it`s cheaper.

Hüni supports ‘Tannery of the Future’ sustainability checklist

Swiss multinational The Hüni Group, producer of tannery drums and supplier of process control equipment for the leather industry, has signed a 3-year sponsorship deal with the Tannery of the Future Foundation.

Who is the Tannery of the Future user?

More than 500 leather professionals worldwide have downloaded our checklist and are using it to make their value chain more sustainable

Tannery of the Future deployed in Ethiopian leather industry

Our checklist is used in a new sustainability programme for the Ethiopian leather industry

Consumers are waking up about sustainable leather. So should leather makers

Ever more journalists are taking aim at sustainability issues in the leather supply chain. Transparency is their latest focus.

What if trust replaced certifications?

The world of leather would be more efficient, nicer, cleaner and would develop more quickly if trust could replace controls

About the creators

The Tannery of the Future was created by CSR business network CSR Netherlands, Egbert Dikkers from Dutch leather chemicals supplier Smit & zoon, independent leather expert Hans Both and Antoinette Gast from fair-trade leather importer FairForward. Together they hope to increase transparency and sustainability in the international leather supply chain by releasing the easily accessible Tannery of the Future checklist to tanners and their buyers: traders, wholesalers, brands and retailers.


The group has noticed a rising demand in Western markets for high-quality leather products made in conditions that are good for the environment and for people. They feel this development is pressuring brands, retailers, importers and tanneries to create a future-proof, socially responsible industry. In the ‘Tannery of the Future´ CSR-checklist tanners and their buyers will find a helpful tool.


The Tannery of the Future is a basic self-assessment tool to further understanding on how individual tanneries score on the sustainability issues that end-consumers of leather products consider to be important. The tool cannot cover every nuance of every topic, and neither can it claim to be complete. The information, documents, links to organisations and services described in the tool are for guidance only. There are no commercial relations between the publisher of this tool and the links or organisations that are described within it.


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