• Welcome to the Footwear Sourcing and Compliance Center!

    This Footwear Sourcing and Compliance Center is a learning and resource hub created by FDRA and ELEVATE with the goal of improving social and environmental compliance in footwear supply chains, as well as providing in-depth data, insights and analysis on global footwear production and material costs. FDRA and ELEVATE have also made available an array of eLearning lessons to facilitate capacity building at the brand, supplier, and factory level. This Center also functions as a distribution hub for various sourcing and compliance-related resources and event information.

  • Don't miss a great panel on sourcing and factory compliance!

  • eLearning: Online Compliance Training

    The Center's eLearning program provides a scalable, standardized and cost effective approach for delivering introductory social and environmental performance training to factories, suppliers and brands. Administrators can also keep tabs on the eLearning progress of their factory groups. What makes our eLearning different? We use animated courses that incorporate local language voiceovers, interactive elements, and graded quizzes. To date, our lessons have been completed more than 100,000 times! Check out the trailer for our new Forced Labor course:

  • Course Library

    Over 12 hours of training content in multiple languages is available for brands/retailers, suppliers and factories.

    Free Account

    Want to try a course? Click below and enter the code 'FDRA' to access our Factory Essentials course.


    FDRA Members

    Are you an FDRA member? If yes, your 25 free eLearning accounts and discounted additional enrollments are waiting for you.


    No problem! Get in touch if you'd like to set up a training program for your company, suppliers, or factories.


  • Already have an eLearning account? Head over to the learning management system...

  • Resources

    2019 Footwear
    Sourcing Report

    In this latest edition of FDRA's annual Sourcing Assessment, we revisit and examine issues and present a look to future sourcing shifts in the age of Trump tariff threats. Regardless of one's politics, few would deny that the current political and economic climate is unlike anything in recent memory. Along with other sectors, the US footwear industry is swept into this tumultuous tempest, fraught with issues including record duties but lower retail prices, flat demand that is weighing on employment, and looming tariff troubles with our largest foreign supplier.


    View the full report

    Recognized Responsible Footwear Manufacturer

    Factories that meet and exceed FDRA's code of conduct are nominated for consideration as a designated “Responsible Footwear Factory Manufacturer”. Those chosen will be listed below and are awarded FDRA’s special seal. FDRA members should note these factories are top of their class and will enjoy this recognition for two years.


    View the current FDRA Recognized
    Responsible Footwear Manufacturers


    See the FAQ sheet in English and Chinese


    Nominate your factory:

    Download the nomination form

    Footwear Production

    Code of Conduct

    FDRA has established a common, baseline, code of conduct that will help drive uniformity within the footwear industry and uphold the values and ideals commonly held by FDRA members. FDRA’s Code of Conduct was created with the help and input from the Factory Enhancement and Sourcing Committee, FDRA’s social compliance working group, and the industry as a whole.


    Download the full code of conduct in

    English, Chinese, Vietnamese and Spanish


    Who's Adopted the Code?


    Sign Up Your Company

    US Footwear Imports

    A real-time report tracking global footwear imports by quantity, value, duties paid, and average unit price. Each month, FDRA collects and analyzes footwear imports (including fashion, kids, boots, and athletic shoes) into the U.S. for its members.


    View the latest import data

    Footwear Material Costs

    A snapshot on footwear related inputs and components including: cotton, leather, textiles, syntheics, rubber, and oil. Each month, FDRA analyzes global exchanges in order to help companies to better understand and forecast supply chain costs.


    View the latest report

    Wage Map

    FDRA and ELEVATE have produced a wage map to provide some labor transparency. Sourcing directors and compliance managers can use the map to identify trends and compare the wage levels in their factories with those of other factories in the same cities.


    View the interactive map

    FDRA Working

    Group Portal

    Get Involved! FDRA invites all members to participate in its working groups where FDRA holds quarterly conference calls on hot topics and helps the industry collaborate on issues.


    Access the Working Group portal

  • Events

    Networking, Learning and Growing Together

    Footwear Trade Distribution and Customs (FTDC)

    Long Beach, California | Sunday–Tuesday, October 27–29, 2019

    The largest and longest running footwear conference in the USA. This event includes 3 days of in-depth discussion on supply chains from ports and service providers, trade and import compliance, and customs classification issues and sample classifications. If you import shoes, you cannot afford to miss this event.

  • Keep the conversation going...

    Footwear executives and professionals sharing insights and talking about business trends impacting footwear brands and retailers.

    Don't miss new episodes each Monday on this free podcast!

  • Stats & Figures

    2.5 billion

    Pairs imported into the U.S. in 2018


    pairs per American imported in 2018

    25 million

    Pairs Produced in the U.S. in 2018

    $2.99 Billion

    duties paid on U.S. footwear imports

    $82.5 billion

    Total U.S. Consumer Spending (YOY)


    Footwear jobs in America