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Year of publication: 2017
One way for shoe companies to work on improving the social and ecological standards in their supply chain is through joining labelling and monitoring organisations. To assess the quality of these labels, a ‘label check’ is launched by Change Your Shoes on different label standards common in European countries. This should not only help EU citizens in their purchasing decisions, but should also act as a guideline for European brands as to which is the best labelling initiative or monitoring organisation to join.The global footwear and leather industry suffers from a long history of extensive violations of workers’ rights and disregard for environmental standards, as well as for the health of workers and consumers. It is clear that footwear and leather products produced under the labelling schemes like Austrian Ecolabel, The Nordic Swan or IVN Naturleder have a positive impact for consumers and the environment.