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.


To prevent modern slavery and human trafficking from taking place in ECCO’s business and supply chains, the statements describe the steps ECCO has taken.



ECCO’s shoe factory and tannery in Indonesia operate in the world’s largest Muslim country, and of the 7,000 employees who work there, approximately 95% are practising Muslims. Religion and prayer are a part of everyday life at the factory.

According to Islam, believers must pray five times a day, if possible. Being a guest in Indonesia ECCO wishes to respect this and has furnished eight prayer rooms in the factory. Special washroom facilities have also been installed to give the employees the opportunity to cleanse themselves before prayer as prescribed by Islamic law.