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Industry programs and resources to support your sustainability efforts
The guide is focused on providing environmentally preferred material (EPM) thresholds companies can use to:
benchmark current sustainability efforts against industry average
adjust internal material sourcing requirements to chose sustainable materials
provide sustainable targets to companies already above thresholds
align all shoe companies on same goals to increase impact and lower costs
guide retailers to tailor products to footwear industry performance levels
More than a dozen companies use our plug-in-play program to reduce waste from their factories such as Target, Fila, Steve Madden, Caleres, Crocs, and many others. It is an industry wide program aimed at eliminating manufacturing waste in shoe and apparel factories.
This program provides multiple benefits to brands and factories:
The continued safety of footwear is a top issue for FDRA and the entire footwear industry. FDRA is the industry’s leading association on footwear product safety action and intelligence. It helps its members understand and adapt to the changing landscape of product safety standards and regulations through its comprehensive product safety program, including:
Key insights, understanding and pathways forward on sustainability for Shoe Designers, Development, Materials, Sourcing, and Supply Chain Professionals. Our training provides a holistic look at critical issues to help you achieve real progress and success. With key leaders and experts sharing ideas and strategy, it is the most in-depth training you will find anywhere.
Industry Benchmark Insight
Results are from footwear workers across the industry, providing a unique insight into real progress and real challenges they face each day.
“This is an extremely important report for footwear companies. It is the only report that gets real insights from workers across the footwear industry on ESG programs so companies can actually enhance their focus and strategies,” said FDRA Senior Vice President Andy Polk.
“We’ve collected responses on issue areas including new sustainable materials, impacts being measuring, and how much is sustainability becoming part of companies actual values and culture. The report presents a clear snapshot of where our industry is and where it is headed on environmental issues giving companies the ability to benchmark themselves against industry averages. This can help them see where they need to put in work and where they may be leading the pack. It also helps us see constraints to greater ESG efforts so that FDRA can help pull companies together to find collective solutions that can increase impact while decreasing costs. Those findings will fold into FDRA’s efforts for our members going forward to ensure companies have resources and tools to support their sustainable journeys.”
View or download the report here.
Powered by Nordstrom, FDRA conducted an industry-wide survey on shoe packaging waste and optimization issues to help the industry benchmark and refocus efforts. The results, taken from shoe veterans, point to a large amount of work yet to do by many shoe companies in various areas of packaging. FDRA is taking these findings to build out new sustainable packaging programs for its members in key areas. The goal is to help educate and align the industry for collective action on several key issue areas such as dunnage, shoe box sizing, poly bags and more—helping decrease footprints and costs.
FDRA members can contact us to get the full report.
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