Certified according to LWG
The Leather Working Group (LWG) is an initiative in which different players such as brands, tanneries or even chemical manufacturers have joined forces to increase the transparency regarding the conditions in tanneries and with intermediaries, and also so as to bring about lasting changes. To implement its goals, the Leather Working Group has developed an audit protocol for sustainable and responsible leather production. The suppliers are awarded ratings in the categories of Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Validation according to EMA
The Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS), also known as the EU Eco-Audit, was developed by the European Union. Similar to ISO 14001, companies are responsible for their own environmental impact. The basis for the improvement process is a comprehensive environmental inventory, the so-called environmental audit. Organisations are required to initiate "the establishment and implementation of environmental policies, objectives and programmes as well as effective environmental management systems" (DGQ, 2019). As in the case of ISO 14001, the environmental policy must include a voluntary commitment to comply with all relevant environmental regulations and to ensure continuous improvement. What is more, companies must communicate about their environmental impacts in order to obtain validation in accordance with EMAS. Companies, service providers, administrations etc. can be certified, but also other types of organisation including supranational organisations.
Certified according to ISO 14001
ISO 14001 is a standard for the introduction of an environmental management system that has the purpose of improving environmental protection and reducing environmental pollution. The basis for this is an environmental policy that includes a voluntary commitment to comply with binding obligations and to a continuous improvement process. Companies, plants, enterprises, but also authorities or institutions can be certified in accordance with ISO 14001.
Certified organic leather
Leather is considered a high-quality natural material and a durable material for clothing and shoes. We use organic leather for the upper material for some of our new Pius Gabor models. Our organic leather is metal-free, vegetable tanned and chemically harmless. What is more, it is compostable in accordance with the ISO 20200:2004 standard. The standard that is actually used to prove the biodegradability of plastics has been modified to ensure that it can also be used for leather.