The issue of the protection of the environment has been firmly anchored in our corporate guidelines for many years. Our corporate culture is characterised by these guidelines to which every employee also subscribes.
“We protect and care for the environment. Sparing use of resources and eco-friendly production sites are our commitment.” (Mr. Armindo Novais).
FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND ITS RESOURCES
100 percent of the shoes made by us come from our own manufacturing in Portugal:
It is of the utmost importance to us that the production is done in accordance with our quality specifications and our high environmental and social standards. Our agents, suppliers are bound by a code of conduct to comply with the following minimum standards:
- freedom of employment – prohibition of forced labour,
- freedom of association and collective bargaining,
- exclusion of child labour,
- prohibition of discrimination,
- appropriate reward and professional advancement,
- health and safety at work,
- regulated working hours
- environmental protection
- animal protection.
By manufacturing primarily in our factory we keep transport routes as short as possible and meet the strict EU directives in matters of environmental protection.
Recyclable materials such as transport packaging, PE, board, cardboard packaging etc. are consistently recycled whereby several hundred tons of greenhouse gases are saved annually.
Careful and sparing use of resources is a part of our environmental management system which is based on the foundations “avoid”, “reduce” and “recycle”.
One example of this are our packaging, advertising materials and printed matter: here we either work together with printers who are have the capability for climate-neutral printing or we use PEFC-certified paper which guarantees that wood and paper products come from sustainably managed forests. Our packaging is made from more than 80% recycled material.
ORIGIN OF THE LEATHERS
The leathers used by us come exclusively from well-known tanneries. For quality and fashion reasons we source the leathers primarily from Italy. We do not buy from leather merchants, we buy directly from the manufacturers with whom we have been doing business for many years. The origin of the leathers is therefore known to us. In addition to that, our leathers are regularly certified.
Even in retrospect we can prove where the leather for the shoes from our factory comes from. Our own leather inspectors check each individual hide and label it clearly before despatch to the factory When the leathers arrive they are given so-called lot numbers to which batch numbers are allocated in the course of the shoe production. All this is recorded and archived electronically. The batch numbers are in addition stamped into the shoes. So even later on the origin of the leather can be retraced right back to the individual shoes.
In the choice of our suppliers we favour those who have installed an EMAS or ISO 140001 environmental management system or are certified worldwide to the standard of the Leather Working Group.