Responsibility towards the environment in all activities is a key premise for Richard Hoffmans, and is a challenge we address constantly. Continuous optimisation and investment in environmental protection is one of the fundamental concerns of sustainable corporate management that we have subscribed to.

A functional clarification plant is standard for the leather industry. At Richard Hoffmans, we maintain the company’s clarification plant according to the latest environmental technology.

We have switched the generation of hot water in production from oil to gas burners because energy efficiency enables us to work more efficiently and protects the environment. We also support the reduction of CO2 emissions using state of the art heat recovery during production. As a member of the Leather Working Group, an international affiliation of brands, chemicals suppliers and manufacturers, we are audited regularly. The Leather Working Group sets the highest standards for its members, and these must be documented in Detail.


Our team is continually engaged in developing new, fashionable products using the latest technology and applications. In doing so our production complies with ecological guidelines. All chemicals are REACH-certified. Together with renowned chemicals companies, a team of experts constantly works on and tests new chemical developments which facilitate an even more moderate use of substances.



LWG Leather Working Group

The Leather Working Group (LWG) is a multi-stakeholder group, comprised of brands, retailers, leather manufacturers, chemical companies and other relevant parties in the leather supply chain, with the goal of raising the environmental performance of the leather industry.

ECO₂L label (energy controlled leather)

ECO₂L is the world’s first calculation and auditing model for determining the energy efficiency and the CO₂-emission of a tannery. ECO₂L was developed by the Forschungsgemeinschaft Leder (Leather Research Foundation) as an active contribution of a responsible leather industry towards climate protection and as a significant aspect to evaluate a sustainable leather production.