FDRA hosted more than 125 factory managers at the 15th Annual Responsible Footwear Forum (RFF) in Dongguan

FDRA hosted more than 125 factory managers at the 15th Annual Responsible Footwear Forum (RFF) in Dongguan

A committee of footwear sourcing executives has identified eight footwear factories in China and Vietnam that they say are among the top performers when it comes to social compliance and their commitment to continuously improve factory conditions and standards.

The factories are the first recipients of the Recognized Responsible Footwear Manufacturer award organised by the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) and based on the group's new Code of Conduct.

The eight are: Dongguan Mayflower Footwear Corp (China); Guangzhou Zhujiang Properwell Shoes Mfg Ltd (China); Hue Phong Footwear Co Ltd (Vietnam); Panyu Leader Footwear Corp (China); Putian Chengyi Footwear Co Ltd (China); Right Rich VN Co Ltd (Vietnam); Serena Shoe Co Ltd (China); and Yangzhou FuHeng Shoes Co Ltd (China).

The designations were given to the factory owners and managers at a special reception in Dongguan, China earlier this month, where over 100 factory owners and managers discussed the importance of social compliance with global brand executives and key Chinese Government officials.

According to Greg Tunney, president and CEO at RG Barry and FDRA chairman, "this was the first time anyone has pulled over 100 factory owners together in one place to recognise the top footwear factory performers in the area of social compliance."

While Mike Jeppesen, president of global operations at Wolverine Worldwide and chairman of FDRA's factory enhancement and sourcing committee who developed the Code and selected the recognition recipients, praised the group for "leading the industry in a pragmatic way to ensure that factory compliance remains a top priority for US brands and their suppliers worldwide."

"The Code of Conduct is fast becoming the guidebook for factory compliance across Asia," added FDRA President Matt Priest. "We have translated it into multiple languages and are making great progress as each month new major footwear companies are asking their factories to adopt and implement this industry common standard."