Partnerships & Stories
We believe that partnerships and collaborations are key to catalyze the process to create a socially and environmentally sustainable leather value chain.
It is therefore that Smit & Zoon closely collaborates with a selected group of leather industry organisations, by sharing our knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources.
Leather Naturally (LN)
Smit & Zoon is a member of the Leather Naturally (LN) Association and is currently providing the Chair in the Management Board. Smit & Zoon is also a donator of the METCHA promotional campaign. We support LN because we believe that the global audience needs to stay connected with leather, understand and value the unique characteristics and value the sustainability of the material.
Leather Naturally promotes the use of globally-manufactured sustainable leather and seeks to inspire and inform designers, creators, and consumers about its beauty, quality and versatility.
The LN website is a resource that anyone can access to obtain balanced information about the leather industry. Content is also promoted via social media and press releases. LN promotes its activities at major leather fairs and selected conferences. It reaches consumers via the METCHA global campaign.
For more information, visit the LN website.
Leather Working Group (LWG)
Smit & Zoon is an active member of the Leather Working Group (LWG) as we are convinced that this is the leading multi-stakeholder group that drives sustainability in the leather industry. Smit & Zoon has been - and still is - one of the main drivers to intensify the focus on the safe use of chemicals in the audit protocol for leather manufacturers.
The objectives of this multi-stakeholder group are to develop and maintain protocols that assess the environmental compliance and performance capabilities of leather manufacturers and to promote sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices within the leather industry. The LWG is made up of member brands, retailers, product manufacturers, leather manufacturers, chemical suppliers, machinery suppliers, technical experts and other service providers that work together to maintain environmental stewardship protocols for the leather manufacturing industry.
More information on the LWG can be found on LWG’s website.
Responsible Leather Round Table (RLRT)
Smit & Zoon has signed the Charter to support the Responsible Leather Round Table (RLRT) initiative by the Textile Exchange. We are an active participator in the International Working Group as we are convinced that the industry needs the end results aimed for by this initiative.
RLRT has brought together over hundreds of stakeholders, from all parts of the beef and leather industries, to collaborate on creating a shared understanding of the impacts that need to be addressed along the supply chain, to look at the work that is already being done, and to develop on a solution to move the industry forward towards better practices.
The core focus of the work is the development of the Responsible Leather Assessment tool (RLA), aiming to set a global benchmark for minimum best practices, and allowing brands sourcing leather to send clear demand signals to their supply chains. The RLA will enable the industry to align around actions and targets that will deliver meaningful change on a global scale. For more information, visit the RLRT website.
Responsible Care ® is an initiative by the global chemical industry to drive continuous improvement and achieve excellence in environmental, health and safety and security performance. In this initiative, national associations like TEGEWA, of which Smit & zoon is a member, and their member companies commit to:
- work together to continuously improve the health, safety and environmental performance and its communications with the public;
- do business responsibly;
- improve product stewardship.
For more information, visit the Responsible Care website.
Smit & Zoon always focuses on the next generations. We are proud to be one of the leaders in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility.
Quality and safety of our products are of the utmost importance to us at Smit & zoon.
Quality & Compliance
The Product Regulatory Affairs team ensures that Smit & Zoon products comply with all applicable international standards and regulations.