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New Footwear Production Code of Conduct in the US

Jul 17, 2014 United States
New Footwear Production Code of Conduct in the US
The Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA), the largest footwear trade association in the US, released a comprehensive Footwear Production Code of Conduct for its industry
According to the American association, the code was created to “establish a common, baseline, code that will help drive uniformity within the footwear industry; helping clearly communicate and uphold the social norms and values commonly held by FDRA members, or over 80 percent of the US footwear industry.”

From working hours and overtime to structural safety and transparency, the FDRA Footwear Production Code of Conduct is being presented as a comprehensive guide that will ensures any factories adherent to these standards are compliant with industry expectations.

“Once again, FDRA and its members are leading the way in driving change for the global footwear industry in a variety of different ways,” commented Greg Tunney, President and CEO of R.G. Barry Brands and Chairman of FDRA. “This Code will help all footwear companies, large and small, establish key uniform standards for all of their suppliers, all around the world. This will help us create clear lines of communication and push compliance-troubled factories to conform or risk their business shutting down.”

FDRA announced that after reviewing and analysing dozens of companies' codes of conduct, it was possible to identify key universal standards amongst the various codes and these will ensure that common grounds can be established. FDRA’s Footwear Code of Conduct was created in partnership with the Factory Enhancement and Sourcing Committee, a group of the industry’s leading sourcing executives (distributors and retailers) and with the input from FDRA’s social compliance working group and the industry as a whole.

“This Code of Conduct is the result of hours of hard work amongst FDRA’s team and our industry partners,” said Mike Jeppesen, President of Global Operations at Wolverine Worldwide and Chairman of FDRA’s Factory Enhancement and Sourcing Committee. “If suppliers to FDRA member companies work to adopt this important code, I am confident we will continue to enhance operations throughout the global footwear supply chain.”

Matt Priest, President of FDRA, expressed satisfaction with this new achievement: “I am extremely proud of the work our members have put into this effort. There are so many multi-stakeholder initiatives out there today, but none that are solely focused on footwear manufacturers. We’re excited to start the process of driving this out to the entire industry. We believe the result will be more compliant, efficient, and productive, factories.”

The document containing the complete FDRA’s code of conduct for the footwear industry is available under the Association's website.

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