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Year of publication: 2017
Indonesia is the fourth largest footwear manufacturer worldwide. The major importers of Indonesian leather footwear are the US and Europe. It is hence worth taking a look at Indonesia to learn more about the social and ecological footprint of leather shoes worn in Europe. Despite some initial achievements in terms of working conditions and the existence of considerable legislation, there is a lack of practical implementation of these laws. The present study recommends that it is imperative to improve working conditions in the entire Indonesian leather and footwear sector. This holds particularly true regarding the precarious and lawless situation of homeworkers, wages, and freedom of assembly and association. Companies are responsible for consistently respecting fundamental human and labour rights across the entire supply chain.
(Anton Pieper and others, 36 Pages)