FDRA Recognizes Top Footwear Factories with Its Special Distinction

FDRA Recognizes Top Footwear Factories with Its Special Distinction

The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) has recognized six footwear factories with the special distinction as a Recognized Responsible Footwear Manufacturer for 2015 (list below). A committee of top footwear sourcing executives across the industry determined the recipients of this prestigious designation based on those factories found to be the most compliant with FDRA’s comprehensive Footwear Production Code of Conduct (learn more about FDRA’s Responsible Factory Program). This is the second set of recognized factories, the first being selected in November 2014.

The designations were given to factory owners and managers at a special reception in Dongguan, China on Tuesday. Over 100 factory owners and managers attended this special event where they welcomed the new class of responsible factories. FDRA also just hosted more than 125 factory managers at the 16th Annual Responsible Footwear Forum (RFF) in Dongguan to discuss changing sourcing dynamics in China, th e importance of robust social compliance standards, and receive updates from key Guangdong government officials.

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Commenting on the new recipients, Rick Muskat, Principal of Deer Stags Concepts and FDRA Chairman stated: “Congratulations to this year’s recipients. More and more factories are starting to follow FDRA’s code of conduct as they seek to be recognized as a Responsible Footwear Manufacturer. The cocktail reception was a great success and helped FDRA communicate effectively the importance of social compliance directly to factory owners and managers.”

“Congratulations to the factories who received this recognition for their commitment to continuously improve factory conditions and standards,” said FDRA President Matt Priest. “This is our second year of recognizing factories with this distinction, and the desire to join these prestigious ranks is growing. 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.”

2015 FDRA Recognized Responsible Footwear Manufacturers:

  • Remington Products Company (Wadsworth, Ohio, USA)
  • Ram Fashion Exports P.LT (Mumbai, India)
  • Zhongshan Glory Shoes Industrial Co., Ltd (Zhongshan, China)
  • Guangxi Seville Footwear Co., Ltd (Guangxi, China)
  • Wenzhou Taiyangshen Shoe Co. (Wenzhou, China)
  • Goddess International Limited (Sichuan, China)