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Wednesday, July 06, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Chicago, IL (June 2016) – A new highlight at the upcoming GDS 2016 – Global Destination for Shoes & Accessories, will be the workshop entitled “Green Shoes for a Sustainable Life” on July 28, 2016. During the workshop (held in English only), companies will learn how they can increase their business value and sales while having a positive influence on social and environmental conditions by adopting sustainable strategies. GDS will take place from July 26-28, 2016 at the fairgrounds in Düsseldorf, Germany.

The workshop is organized by the EU funded project “Step To Sustainability”, with the goal to create and pilot a new occupation and qualification profile and corresponding training course for sustainable manufacturing of footwear. It will include a presentation on the results of the “Step To Sustainability” project by a Portuguese SME who participated in the pilot, as well as two panel sessions with industry representatives explaining best practices in the footwear sector. The first panel will focus on the manufacturing phase with presentations from El Naturalista, BATA Brands and the organization LeatherNaturally. The second session will present the retailers’ approach to ensuring sustainability with contributions from Deichmann, Zumnorde, and Avocado Store GmbH.

Since the awareness of sustainability in the European footwear sector is increasing and seen as a long-lasting trend in business strategies, the European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC) together with the other European partners of the “Step To Sustainability” project call upon footwear companies to participate in the International Footwear Workshop on Sustainability. The footwear industry contributes to and is affected by the environmental degradation and social challenges society is facing. By introducing positive changes in production choices, companies can increase the popularity of their products and brand among consumers and business partners alike.

Carmen Arias Castellano, General Secretary of the CEC, stated: “Not only the environment benefits from a sustainable strategy. It also enhances social responsibility and will allow businesses to enjoy numerous advantages such as increasing revenue and cutting costs, increasing employee attraction and retention rates, creating a healthy workplace leading to greater productivity, and enhancing relationships with stakeholders and communities.”

Participation in the workshop is free of charge for registered GDS visitors. For workshop details and online registration (deadline July 15) visit Information about the European Confederation of the Footwear Industry is available at

For further information on visiting or exhibiting at GDS 2016, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America, 150 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2920, Chicago, IL 60601. Telephone: (312) 781-5180; Fax: (312) 781-5188; E-mail:; Visit our web site; Subscribe to our blog at; Follow us on twitter at

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