How do we audit
Every day the ECCO Code of Conduct and related policies are transformed from paper to practice. ECCO has an internal Code of Conduct audit team of 25 employees who conduct audits – both at ECCO’s own tanneries and shoe factories, and at external suppliers.
Our auditors conduct extensive tours of all areas of a facility, including production, storage, utilities, medical clinics, canteen and dormitories. While they tour facilities, auditors point out examples of best practice and areas of improvement.
Key areas assessed by external auditors like e.g. the rigorous Working Group protocol include environmental management systems, water usage, energy consumption, air emissions, effluent treatment and waste management. Other external auditors concentrate on issues related to working conditions, such as health and safety, working hours and salaries.