Global Network


13 April 2023

CITIZEN joins the Leather Working Group (LWG)to promote the use of sustainable leather

On April 1, 2023, Citizen Watch became a member of the Leather Working Group (LWG), an international non-profit organization dedicated to conserving the natural environment and providing consumers with safe, responsible leather.

The Leather Working Group is a global environmental organization comprised of tanneries, traders, suppliers, technical experts, as well as brands and retailers. The Group now has more than 1,800 member organizations in 65 countries worldwide. LWG certification is granted to a select group of tanneries that meet its stringent international standards. Each organization must undergo a survey of their environmental measures, including the safety of chemicals used in leather manufacturing processes, wastewater treatment, and energy use.

CITIZEN is expanding its use of environmentally-conscious materials as part of efforts to create a more sustainable society. The company is proactively procuring leather for its watch straps from LWG-certified tanneries. Currently, 60% of the leather used for CITIZEN brand watches is procured from LWG-certified tanneries. The company aims to increase this figure to more than 90%. CITIZEN’s membership of the LWG will help to make the entire leather industry more sustainable.

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Citizen Watch will continue to implement a range of initiatives, both now and in the future, to create richer, more fulfilling lives for people all around the world.

CITIZEN Sustainability Special Website


CITIZEN WATCH is a true manufacture d'horlogerie with the capabilities to carry out the entire watch manufacturing process in-house, from creating a watch’s individual components to its final assembly. The company operates in more than 140 countries around the world. Since its founding in 1918, CITIZEN has held the belief of “Better Starts Now” — that is, no matter who you are and what you do, it is always possible to make something better, and now is the time to start doing it. Sharing this belief, we have made watches, invented and improved technologies and explored the future of watches such as our proprietary light-powered Eco-Drive technology.