Our footwear is exclusively made in Europe – at our company headquarters in Vierkirchen, as well as at our own production site in Hungary, and at our partner producer in Croatia, with whom we’ve worked for decades and who manufactures exclusively for us. In addition, we cooperate with other long-standing partners in Serbia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Our footwear production is a complex process that cannot be automated for the most part. Having high quality raw materials is just as crucial as having skilled employees, who understand and are skilled in traditional craftsmanship techniques. We are one of very few manufacturers worldwide to produce most of our models using the cemented construction method. The double-stitched method in particular is only mastered by a handful of shoemakers these days. We are therefore extremely proud of all the employees at our production sites.
Diversity within the workforce is the guiding principle of our human resources policy. In addition to competence and motivation, ethically and morally correct behaviour is one of the most important qualifying indicators of our employees. We do not discriminate against anyone and do not tolerate any discrimination whether based on gender, ethnic origin, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or any other characteristics. Instead, we believe that encouraging diversity enriches us as people and as a company. We have also joined independent initiatives and NGOs. Compliance with social criteria is an indispensable part of our ethical and moral convictions – but also essential for the first-rate quality of our products: We can only achieve the high standards we set for our product range with committed, qualified and happy employees. It is their competence and commitment that are our most valuable assets.
Our parent company, the Fenix Outdoor Group, has been a signatory and supporter of the UN Global Compact since 2012: Based on ten universal principles, it pursues the vision of an inclusive and sustainable economy for the benefit of all people, communities, and markets. The initiative instigated by the United Nations provides a unique framework for achieving a more equitable approach to globalisation across sectors and borders.
We are a member of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), an NGO that aims to improve worker rights and working conditions worldwide. In doing so we have committed to the implementation of the FLA guidelines, and which are monitored throughout the entire supply chain. Once a year, the FLA also carries out an unannounced compliance audit through independent auditors.