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We recognise that implementing corporate social responsibility is imperative during product development and manufacturing.

So, we will be taking extra steps to ensure smart and sustainable development…

Durability remains at the heart of our range and our 'never outworn, only outgrown' ethos, prolonging our product’s life, remains as strong as ever. However, we also recognise there are further actions we can take to ensure we are developing a product that is fit for purpose, high in quality and environmentally and socially accountable.

Illustration of a child putting on a shoe

We aim to address any shortcomings, using research and innovation, working with our supply chain partners to guarantee each shoe will have sustainable credentials - from recycled components to eco-friendly alternatives. We're also on a packaging journey and strive for all shoe boxes to be FSC certified and fully recyclable.

Illustration of a pair of Start-Rite shoes

We endeavour to reduce the environmental impacts through mindful of consumption such as additional CAD work / video calling to reduce sampling and carbon footprint, as well as optimising pattern efficiencies to reduce wastage in manufacturing. We also use up excess materials where possible and are implementing a 'Start-Rite seconds' process, whereby we purchase back stock which has not passed our vigorous quality standards in production, but is functional in wear.

We strive to keep to a tight supply chain to help with visibility - six out of eight of our tanneries are Leather Working Group Gold Rated, one is Silver Rated; 100% of our Indian tanneries are Gold Rated. All factories must present audit from an independent body and any areas for improvement must be sent across in the form of a corrective action plan. We also request that factories and tanneries inform us of their environmental strategies and targets.

We donate any excess materials and components, which are not for commercial use, to local universities to help with education. We also have regular company samples sales where proceeds are donating to local foodbanks or charities.

Steps to help us get there:

1. Aim to have a sustainable element within each product.
2. Implement a ‘Start-Rite seconds’ process
3. Continue to maintain the supplier compliance database and understand sustainability practices at source.
4. Build on knowledge and discover sustainability through research and attending conferences and seminars.
5. Continue to prolong the use of development through donating components to universities along with conducting sample sales where proceeds are given to a local foodbank.