Good manufacturing practices warrant recognition.
The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) has highlighted 10 factories for their commitment to improving factory conditions and standards.
The 2017 FDRA Recognized Responsible Footwear Manufacturers list recognizes factories found to be the most compliant with FDRA’s comprehensive Footwear Production Code of Conduct. The code is an industry-wide standard for footwear factory compliance based on more than 25 company codes of conduct.
The list was selected by a committee of footwear sourcing executives across the industry, and includes former honorees Remington Products Company (U.S.), Wenzhou Taiyangshen Shoe Co. (China) and Ram Fashion Exports Pvt. Ltd. (India), as well as seven new recipients.
First-time honorees include: Putian Apex Footwear (China), Ju Hui Footwear Company Ltd. (China), Dongguan Properwell (China), Ho Hsin Tai Company Ltd. (China), Huizhou Lighthouse Shoes Company Ltd. (China), Roll Sport (Vietnam) and PT Oga Mas Utama (Indonesia).
“This is our fourth year of recognizing 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 program continues we expect to see ongoing improvements at footwear factories worldwide.”