Footwear Labour Conditions Supplement Question 1
Does this labour conditions policy also apply further down the production chains, at least covering the leather production or the animal farms?
NL: Is dit beleid voor arbeidsomstandigheden ook van toepassing in de productieketens, tenminste voor de leder productie of de dierhouderijen?
DE: Findet dieser Verhaltenskodex für Zulieferer auch Anwendung gegenüber Fabriken / Betrieben in der Lederproduktion und Tierhaltung?
Brazil is one the the major producers of skin for leather products. Several sources such as DanWatch, Greenpeace, and ILO indicate occurrences of bad working conditions found on the Brazilian cattle farms, up to cases of slave labour. ILO describes how brands and companies can act, such as applying the lista sula (dirty list / black list).
Leather tanning and other production stages from skin to leather are often located in low wage (= high risk) countries where health, safety and other labour issues are at stake. Workers in tanneries are often exposured to hazardous chemicals, especially chromium. A higher frequency of asthma and skin disorders are also found among tannery workers, as stated in the report behind this article (we have a not-for-publication copy).
Brands should at least have an active policy on labour conditions in one -or both of these stages.
[brand] has an active policy to improve labour conditions in the [animal farm / leather production stage], as follows:
[brand] has no policy to improve labour
[brand] mentions claims to have a policy on this topic, but does not make clear what this policy exactly entails.
[brand] does not make clear if the Code of Conduct and consequent labour conditions policy also applies further down the footwear production chain, such as leather tanning or cattle farms.