What VIOS respects when procuring the raw material.
When our materials are procured, VIOS places a high emphasis on the origin of the raw materials. If possible, animal hide should originate from slaughterhouses in the closer vicinity of the tannery. Brazilian material (due to the deforestation of the rain forest as a result of cattle breeding) and goods of non-traceable origin and insufficient animal protection are taboo here. It is important to be aware of the fact that rawhide is waste from the food industry which is recycled as leather by tanning. This means that no livestock needs to die for the leather industry. When selecting textiles, we place a special emphasis on controlled organic cultivation and certification which confirms this (e.g. GOTS, IVN, kbA, kbT*). We try to exclude gene-manipulated natural textiles, equally non-recycled or non-recyclable synthetic, oil-based materials. As the value-adding chain for shoe materials is unbelievably complex and multi-faceted, trust as well as control is particularly important at our development partners’.
A large number of materials are used for shoe manufacturing in order to guarantee the quality, durability, comfort and safety of the product. The number of direct and indirect suppliers fluctuates between 200 and 250, making it very hard to sustainably control the entire value-adding chain. Therefore, VIOS relies on regional suppliers who are subject to European law, thus guaranteeing certain ecological, work protection and quality standards. Moreover, VIOS has developed its own requirements list for chemicals and social standards which must be adhered to and achieved by all partners.
In order to be able to implement the VIOS requirements holistically, at VIOS we try to rely on trusted development partners who wish to accompany us on the path to a more sustainable and worthwhile future. The reciprocal exchange of knowledge and support are an important aspect of this work.
GOTS – Global Organic Textile Standard
IVN – International Association of the Natural Textile Industry
kbA – Controlled organic cultivation
kbT – Controlled organic animal husbandry