Established more than 140 years ago, SGS operates a network of 2,600 offices and laboratories with 93,000 employees “helping businesses everywhere to work efficiently, deliver with quality and trade with integrity and trust”.

SLF Contributing Partners are organisations that support leather manufacturing without having direct input, such as support services, technology companies and training institutions. These work with the Foundation alongside Compliance Partners, who directly impact leather manufacturing, and Licensed Partners, comprised of brands, retailers and OEMs.

“For us at SLF, having this commitment from SGS through their partnership proves that we are on the right path for providing a sustainable future for the leather industry,” said Deborah Taylor, Managing Director of SLF.

“As a new Foundation, still in our first full partnership year, to be able to work with industry experts and specialists at SGS is a significant step in the right direction. We have the vision of how to provide a true value-added service, but realising that vision requires support and access to global knowledge and infrastructure.

“Not only have SGS supported us through partnership, but the company is also going to be working with us to provide on the ground support for training, testing and auditing around the world. We are thrilled to be working closely with them”.