FDRA is driving improvements to factory conditions and standards

FDRA is driving improvements to factory conditions and standards

Six footwear factories from the US, India and China have been recognised for their commitment to continuously improve factory conditions and standards by a committee of top footwear sourcing executives from across the industry.

The companies have been awarded with special distinction as a ‘Recognised Responsible Footwear Manufacturer for 2015’ by the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA).

The factories are those deemed to be the most compliant with FDRA's comprehensive Footwear Production Code of Conduct.

The six companies are: Remington Products Company (Ohio, US), Ram Fashion Exports (Mumbai, India), Zhongshan Glory Shoes Industrial Co (Zhongshan, China), Guangxi Seville Footwear Co (Guangxi, China), Wenzhou Taiyangshen Shoe Co (Wenzhou, China), Goddess International Limited (Sichuan, China).

“This is our second year of recognising factories with this distinction, and the desire to join these prestigious ranks is growing,” said FDRA president Matt Priest. “Factories around the world are educated on our code of conduct and we are starting to see an impact across the industry's supply chain as a result. As this programme continues we expect to see ongoing improvements at footwear factories worldwide.”

The designations were given to factory owners and managers at a special reception in Dongguan, China.

Footwear firms Wolverine Worldwide, Caleres, RG Barry Brands, HH Brown, Genesco, ACI International and Deer Stags Concepts have all signed onto FDRA’s Code of Conduct and adopted it as their baseline social compliance code for their factories.

The code was introduced last year, and the goal is for retailers, brands and suppliers to endorse it to help drive positive change in footwear factories worldwide through shared standards ensuring continuous improvement in working conditions, health and safety, and environmental stewardship.