Responsible for every step

ECCO is the only major shoe company to own and operate our own production and retail facilities. We recognise that with great influence comes great responsibility. We are proud to accept that responsibility and do our best to make our impact on this planet as light as possible.


Wherever we operate, ECCO wishes to be a good corporate citizen. The ECCO Code of Conduct describes our social and environmental responsibilities. It outlines the core principles that govern how ECCO conducts its business. The Code applies to all employees, suppliers and business partners worldwide. Our Code of Conduct is built on a foundation of respect for people, the environment and society. It sets out clear principles and high ethical and legal standards in the areas of human rights, education, health and safety, and the environment.

The ECCO Code of Conduct

Thread. Laces. Leather. Labels. Retail floors and light fittings. We hold suppliers worldwide to the same standards and values as we follow in our own production. ECCO is a manufacturer that is in close, personal contact with suppliers.

ECCO has developed an audit programme based on partnership, openness and education. Our auditors conduct extensive control of all areas of our suppliers’ facilities, including production, storage, utilities, medical clinics and canteens. While touring the facilities, auditors point out examples of good conduct as well as areas of improvement, and an action plan is made in cooperation with the supplier. ECCO knows that by working together with suppliers and business partners, we can achieve more and make them agree to our commitments.

If an audit reveals inadequate performance, ECCO works with the supplier to ensure that the necessary improvements are made within a reasonable timeframe. ECCO will discontinue a relationship if the supplier is not willing to collaborate on the measures requested.

Our operations are also audited by external organisations such as the Leather Working Group, the most important environmental audit in the leather industry worldwide.



ECCO is committed to treating people with dignity and respect. We consider ourselves a guest in the countries in which we operate with respect for the local culture.

We own and carefully control our own tanneries and shoe factories, so we can ensure good working conditions for our colleagues working in our production units. ECCO manufactures approximately 95% of the finished shoes in our own shoe factories.

The health, safety and well-being of our employees continue to be a primary focus and we strive to create an environment of cooperation and inclusion in the workplace.


ECCO has taken an active stand on modern forms of slavery work, ranging from abusive working and living conditions, over withholding of wages or passports, to use of trafficked labour.
ECCO’s Modern Slavery Act is approved and signed by our Managing Board and enforced throughout ECCO’s business activities.



In all activities, ECCO wants to make the most of the diversity in our workforce. We have operations in major parts of the world ranging from China and Indonesia over Slovakia and Portugal to Scandinavia. We are determined to maintain an open work environment for all of our employees, regardless of cultural background, ethnicity, origin, sexual orientation, or gender identity, expression, or characteristics. Within reasonable limits, we go out of our way to respect our employees’ religious beliefs and set up facilities for them to exercise their spiritual rituals in a modern working environment.