Ricosta receives top honours for the Shoe Industry
German children’s shoe manufacturer RICOSTA has been honoured for its sustain¬able and socially responsible business. The company is the world’s first shoe manufacturer to receive the Base Code Certificate of the Ethical Trade Initiative (ETI).
Ars Arpel and Fotoshoe merger
Ars Arpel Group and Fotoshoe Group, leading players in the world of footwear and leather goods publishing, have integrated their respective activities with the aim of developing their common interests on an international level.
From January 2017, the resulting new company,
RICOSTA owner and CEO Ralph Rieker
Headquartered in Donaueschingen, RICOSTA is a
pioneer and role model for sustainable business in the shoe industry. In 1997, the children’s shoe manufacturer began building an en¬vironmental management system according to DIN EN ISO 14001. Its first EMAS validation (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme) came in 1999, and its factories in Hun¬gary, Poland and Romania have also been certified according to DIN EN ISO 14001. “This kind of commitment is unique in the European and global shoe industry,” commented RICOSTA Managing Director, Ralph Rieker.
RICOSTA has also integrated CSR activities into its
environmental management system this year, and had it audite by the testing and research institute Pirmasens. All locations, including the company headquarters in Donaueschingen as well as the Group’s other facilities, passed the test, complying with the strict requirements of the ETI Base Code. This includes safe and clean working conditions, paying living wages, offering legally binding contracts and free choice of employment.
“We are very happy to receive as prestigious an
honour as the ETI Certificate,” said RICOSTA owner and CEO Ralph Rieker. “For us, the ETI Certificate is an acknowledgement and motivation to improve even more.”
Premium British Shoe Brand Start-rite Appoints New Finance Director
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James Southall, the parent company of Start-rite Shoes, has announced that Andrew Staff has joined its Board, as Finance Director and Company Secretary.
Andrew brings with him significant knowledge and experience
from previous appointments, including Group Financial Director/CEO of national garden centre chain Notcutts, and Global CFO for international toy company Underground Toys.
Andrew said: "I'm thrilled to be joining an established business
steeped in history and taking a key role in driving it forward in today's changing retail climate."
Ian Watson, Start-rite Chief Executive, said: "I am delighted that
Andrew Staff Finance Director & Company Secretary
Andrew has agreed to join us, as we embark on a new and exciting stage in the company’s journey."
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Edizioni AF, will publish magazines including Arsutoria, Fotoshoe30, Arpel, Idea Pelle, Bambino, and Fur, among others.
Joint initiatives have great potential to increase the
visibility and relevance for all parties on a worldwide level. The collaboration between Ars Arpel Group and Fotoshoe Group have taken note of this need: thus, the two, which has been hoped for by many—maybe for the first time in the sector—becomes an important reality.
“We have come to an agreement that will allow us to
become increasingly important protagonists on every level, while also having an increasingly complete dialogue about fashion, economy, exhibitions, events, and sector policies,” commented Fausto Villa of Fotoshoe Group. Matteo Pasca (Ars Arpel Group) added: “’Together’ means being real protagonists on the international panorama of footwear, leather goods, accessories and components, materials and technology, without forgetting about a solid web presence that becomes more and more important.”
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