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Sourcing & Compliance

Footwear sourcing has become increasingly complex, as footwear manufacturing is shifting around the globe.  Social compliance and factory performance issues also continue to be a priority for the footwear industry.  As a result, FDRA has developed robust sourcing and compliance programs aimed at helping footwear sourcing and compliance executives and managers understand shifts and trends, and how to best address challenges.

Below you will find information on FDRA’s sourcing and compliance initiatives and programs, as well as links to data, analysis and reports.   If you have questions about footwear sourcing and/or social compliance, or need assistance, please contact us.

FDRA’s Code of Conduct

Companies Who Have Adopted FDRA’s Code of Conduct
Click here to download the FDRA Code of Conduct Audit Template (Sign up your company and email to info@fdra.org)
Click here to download the FDRA Code of Conduct Summary (English)
Click here to download the FDRA factory Code of Conduct (English)
Click here to download the Code of Conduct to send to your factories (Chinese)
Click here to download the Code of Conduct to send to your factories (Vietnamese)
Click here to download the Code of Conduct to send to your factories (Spanish)

FDRA’s Responsible Factory Program (RFP)

FDRA’s Responsible Factory Program is a robust and comprehensive program designed to enhance factory compliance at footwear factories all over the world.  The Program is built upon several key initiatives launched by FDRA, specifically for footwear factories. Click here to access the RFP page.

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Online Compliance Training – FDRA University

FDRA has launched a platform where footwear professionals can take online classes on social compliance topics.  FDRA University is focused on training factories and providing U.S. professionals with continuous learning courses they can take from their desks.  Free for FDRA members and a small fee for non-members, click here to learn more about FDRA University.

Click here to watch the webinar on conflict mineral supply chain requirements and ecVision solutions.

Click here to watch the webinar on conflict minerals and regulations presented by Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

Sourcing and Compliance Reports

FDRA members can access the 2015 Factory Survey Analysis Report here.

FDRA members can access the 2015 Global Sourcing Assessment here.

Click Here to access the 2015 Factory Survey Infographic 

Click here to view the 2015 Footwear Production Power Rankings.

If you are a non-member, you can contact FDRA and purchase the sourcing assessment for $399 per report, per year.

Sourcing Wage Map

With sourcing shifting inside China, FDRA has produced a wage map to provide some transparency.  Sourcing directors and compliance managers can come to this page and get a clearer picture of wage rate trends so they can better plan for their current and future costs.

http://fdra.org/wage-map-china/

FDRA Sourcing, Compliance and Factory Training Events 2016

June 14th: Footwear Manufacturer Reception (Shenzhen, China)
June 15th: Footwear “Impact” Executive Summit (Shenzhen, China)
July 18th & 19th: Footwear Sourcing Intelligence Summit (New York, NY)
August 18th: Footwear Forum (Portland, OR)
October 16th-19th: Footwear Trade Distribution & Customs (FTDC) Conference (Huntington Beach, CA)

Click here for more event and training information.

FDRA Comprehensive Sourcing & Social Compliance Program Overview

FDRA’s Responsible Factory Program (RFP)

FDRA’s Responsible Factory Program is a robust and comprehensive program designed to enhance factory compliance at footwear factories all over the world.  The Program is built upon several key initiatives launched by FDRA, specifically for footwear factories. Click here to access the RFP page.

FDRA’s Factory Enhancement & Sourcing Committee
A robust Factory Enhancement & Sourcing Committee that reports directly to the association’s executive committee, drives FDRA’s social compliance initiatives.  This vital Committee is headed up by Mike Jeppesen, President, Global Operations, Wolverine WorldwideMike is joined by the following slate of industry leaders:

  • Dan Friedman, President, Sourcing, Supply Chain & International, Brown Shoe Company
  • Steve Reynolds, Vice President, Golden Pacific LXJ

The vision of the Factory Enhancement and Sourcing Committee is to have safe and dignified working conditions for all workers throughout the global footwear supply chain.  Our mission is to drive positive change in footwear factories worldwide through the development and execution of shared standards driving continuous improvement in working conditions, health and safety, and environmental stewardship.

FDRA Social Compliance Working Group
FDRA is considered by many in the footwear industry to be its intelligence and action hub where sourcing and compliance professionals from companies exchange ideas and interact.  To support this, FDRA has established a strong sourcing and social compliance working group that discusses challenges the industry faces in its factories and works together to share and spread best practices.  The group consists of compliance professionals from more than 50 companies that actively discuss issues on conference calls.

FDRA’s Global Sourcing Assessment Report
Each year, FDRA produces an in-depth report assessing the current state of footwear manufacturing around the globe.  The report looks at a wide range of issues including imports from countries by volume and value, capacity issues, where shifts are taking place, a country-by-country analysis of the top manufacturers, as well as interviews with top sourcing executives.  The industry considers this their sourcing textbook.

FDRA’s Annual Factory Survey Analysis
FDRA conducts an annual survey among footwear factories in China in order to understand and see compliance issues and challenges through the eyes of the factory.  FDRA takes its findings and produces a comprehensive report analyzing key issues impacting factories.  This report provides compliance professionals with unprecedented insight into factory performance on a macro level and helps companies measure individual factory performance against broader industry trends.  Likewise, footwear factory managers get to measure themselves and see where they should improve in relation to their colleagues and competitors.

Special Training Programs
Each year FDRA hosts several Responsible Footwear Forum (RFF) workshops around the globe where experts educate the industry on social compliance issues and how to develop better metrics and programs to measure social performance. These workshops are held in China as well as the U.S.  FDRA also holds an annual Sourcing and Compliance Intelligence Summit in New York.  This two day conference goes in-depth on compliance and sourcing challenges and solutions in half a dozen countries who are key suppliers of footwear to American consumers.

Sourcing and Social Compliance Intelligence (Alerts, Documents, Bulletins)
FDRA has partnered with the leading global sourcing experts and social compliance firms to help keep its members informed. As part of its sourcing and social compliance intelligence, FDRA sends out email updates and alerts on trends, new issues, or challenges, and provides in-depth documents and memos explaining and analyzing sourcing social compliance issues.  Each month FDRA also sends its members a sourcing and compliance bulletin featuring import data, commodities analysis and interviews with the industry’s leading service providers and sourcing executives.

If you are facing sourcing or compliance challenges, please contact FDRA for support.