Footwear Production Code to Help Factory Compliance

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Studded oxford from Cole Haan, a member of FDRA

Studded oxford from Cole Haan, a member of FDRA

Washington—A new footwear production code of conduct has been released with the aim of setting new ground rule and enhancing compliance at footwear factories worldwide.

The guidelines, developed by the Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA) was developed to establish a common baseline code to help drive uniformity within the footwear industry and enhance operations across the global footwear supply chain.

The code will address issues ranging from working hours and overtime to structural safety and transparency.

“The code will help all footwear companies, large and small, establishing key uniform standards for all of their suppliers, all around the world,” said Greg Tunney, president of FDRA and CEO at RG Barry. “This will help us create clear lines of communication and push compliance troubled factories to conform or risk their business shutting down.”

FDRA reviewed and analyzed dozens of company codes of conduct, identifying key universal standards among the various codes to ensure commonality was established. FDRA’s Footwear Code of Conduct was created with the help and input from the Factory Enhancement and Sourcing Committee, a group of the industry’s leading sourcing executives from both distributors and retailers. Input was also provided by 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.”

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