We realise that our corporate responsibility reaches beyond the boundaries of our own operations. Choosing good partners is essential to growing sustainably and responsibly as a company. Building strong, long-term relationships with key partners and suppliers, based on common values and objectives, is vital to ensuring sustainable development and environmental stewardship.
We require suppliers to commit to the ethical, social and environmental requirements of the ECCO Code of Conduct as a condition of their contracts with us. Our business partners around the globe – including suppliers, wholesale and retail customers – are expected to meet business objectives while complying with the standards of our Code of Conduct.
We aim to create an environment for continuous improvement that leads to sustainable business success. Our Global Audit Team visits suppliers on a regular basis. They conduct extensive on-site audits, develop action plans together with our suppliers and follow up on the action plans to ensure that all improvements are implemented. We supplement our own internal effort with external auditing specialists who conduct independent audits and evaluate our audit system.