Corporate Responsibility

Any company operating across the world must set clear guidelines for its activities and adhere to sound management practices.

ECCO has set out the aim of its strategy in its Corporate Governance Policy, with a major focus on the development of the appropriate skills at all levels of the organisation.

The Policy stresses ECCO’s wish, where possible, to grow its senior management from its own ranks.

ANIMAL WELFARE

ECCO uses leather in most of its products.

ECCO’s sister company, KT Trading, is responsible for sourcing the raw material for leather – animal hides – which are by-products of the meat industry. KT Trading is also responsible for the conversion of hides to leather.

ECCO and KT Trading have, for some years, pursued a policy of high animal welfare standards from its suppliers.

KT Trading prefers to buy raw material from a select group of suppliers who all have demonstrated the highest level of animal welfare.

Code of Conduct

  1. ECCO is a guest in each of the countries in which it operates and respects the local culture.
  2. ECCO supports, respects and takes a proactive approach to protecting internationally defined human rights.
  3. ECCO respects equal opportunities and fights discrimination in the workplace.
  4. ECCO respects the individual’s right to religious freedom.
  5. ECCO respects the right to freedom of association.
  6. ECCO wishes to provide employees with a workplace free of harassment or abuse and condemns any form of enforced labour.
  7. ECCO supports the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
  8. ECCO provides training, education and further development of human resources at all levels.
  9. ECCO aims to be a leader within the environment, health and safety and supports sustainable development.
  10. ECCO wishes to ensure that it complies with all relevant laws and regulations.

MODERN SLAVERY

In 2015, the UK implemented the UK Modern Slavery Act. ECCO aligned its ECCO Commitment to Modern Slavery Policy to the Act, to prevent modern slavery and human trafficking. This is evident in Commitment 6 of ECCO’s Code of Conduct.

Health & Safety

The health and safety of ECCO’s employees, and visitors to ECCO’s premises, is a matter of utmost priority to ECCO, as stated in the Code of Conduct’s Commitment 9.

ECCO’S HEALTH & SAFETY policy ensures that all local laws and regulations are adhered to, and seeks to implement the highest level of relevant global safety standards.

ECCO also seeks to continuously improve its Health & Safety Standards.

Community Relations

ECCO’s Code of Conduct has, in Commitment 1, defined rules for how ECCO wants to act in the communities where it operates.

With activities in many countries with unique cultures, ECCO has experienced the strength that comes from diversity. The respect for other people and cultures is deeply rooted in ECCO, who considers itself a guest in the countries it works in and always respects the local cultures.

ECCO will involve itself in relevant local issues because it wants to be seen as an active and supportive member of the community.

ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY

ECCO’s Code of Conduct’s Commitment 9 stipulates that ECCO aims to be a leader in dealing with environmental issues and in supporting sustainable development.

ECCO is aware that all its activities, in one way or another, affect the environment and does its utmost to reduce the environmental impacts of its operations.

ECCO strives to continuously reduce emissions and waste, minimise consumption of materials, energy, and water, and avoid pollution whenever possible.

The protection of the environment is a key obligation for ECCO.

ENVIRONMENT