Our ImpactsWe create compact pvc shoe soles that are more material efficient and last longer before they need to be replaced. And when there is remnant material, we look for opportunities to reuse that material so it doesn’t go to waste. We’re continually thinking of ways to make more innovative products without taking more from the environment.
From Monitoring Factories to Empowering Workers
Our greatest responsibility as a company is to play a role in bringing about positive, systemic change for workers within our supply chain and in the industry. When we look at our overall impact on the world, the needs of workers in Pitason’s contract supply chain overshadows any other company. We also know the size and scale of the combined manufacturing operations has a considerable environmental impact.
We’ve run the course – from establishing Codes of Conduct that cover worker protections as well as environmental impacts – to pulling together an internal team to enforce it, to releasing our contract factory Audit Tools and working with external bodies to monitor factories and engaging with stakeholders. What we’ve learned, after nearly a decade, is that monitoring alone hasn’t solved the problems. And many of the problems are recurring in the industry.
Our focus now is on getting to the root of the problems, evaluating our supplier and manufacturing relationships, and finding new ways to define and share responsibility. We believe that placing the worker at the heart of the workplace and having a factory management that respects and invests in its workforce will result in lasting positive results for workers, the factory and Pitason.
We leverage the power of our employees, brands, consumers and distributors to support organisations and collaborations that create positive long-term changes that expand access to sport, empower girls in the developing world, and support the communities in which we live, work and play. We are putting forth a call to action to put girls at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda. We continue to focus on finding the most effective and innovative approaches and programs for driving meaningful change in communities.