Frequently Asked Questions | Weyco Group


1. What is Weyco’s approach to Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG)?

Our strategy focuses on everything from our footwear materials, our factory partners, our offices and operations, to our people and communities. We pledge to never pay lip service to the cause, but rather maintain transparency and set concrete goals.

2. Where are your products manufactured? What about the materials that you use in your footwear and are any environmentally preferred?

Weyco products are manufactured in Cambodia, China, India, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. For our products made with leather, we source more than 75% of our product from Leather Working Group (LWG) approved tanneries. This percentage will continue to grow as we move to exclusively source from tanneries that comply with LWG standards. As part of our efforts to use environmentally-preferred materials, we are working to better share information for the materials we use on our websites. This BOGS web page examples where we are headed and information we would like to provide for each brand.

Weyco is also increasing efforts to source and use environmentally-preferred materials with recycled, organic, or bio-based features and technologies. We have established an environmentally-preferred materials guide with standards based on FDRA best practices and leading certifications. Our current goal is to ensure that at least 25% of all products meet environmentally-preferred material minimums by 2025.

3. Does Weyco have a social compliance program and manufacturing code of conduct? What are you doing to ensure worker health and safety?

Weyco works only with suppliers who are transparent about their practices in addition to complying with local laws and regulations. Our Weyco Responsible Sourcing Program aims to protect and promote sustainable working conditions as well as identify and address modern slavery and human trafficking. You can read more about the program here.

4. What is Weyco doing to lessen its impact on the environment? Are you measuring and offsetting your greenhouse gas emissions?

Our current efforts include:

  • Tracking >90% waste diversion in our Milwaukee distribution center and corporate offices
  • Sourcing 85-90% Forest Stewardship Council-certified recycled paperboard, soybean-based inks, and natural glues in our packaging
  • 50% reduction in cardboard waste and 30% reduction in shipping volume
  • Completed the Higg Brand & Retail Module (BRM) and set annual sustainability improvements
  • Installing solar panels at our Milwaukee office that supply 10% of our total energy
  • Purchasing renewable energy certificates to ensure that our electricity is provided from renewable sources
  • Replacing majority of the lighting throughout our office and distribution center with low energy-use LEDs
  • Utilizing UPS’s Carbon Neutral Program to offset shipping emissions from our Milwaukie distribution center

We are working to measure greenhouse gas emissions and establish reduction targets for Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions in accordance with GHG Protocol. For our Milwaukee distribution center and corporate offices, we have partnered with WasteCap to help divert even more waste from landfills, incineration, and the environment and achieve a zero-waste certification. We’d also like to expand participation in the Shoe Factory Waste Program across all five brands with our factory partners and utilize tools like the Higg Facility Environment Module to track all factory partners and strategic material suppliers.

5. What is Weyco doing to support its local community? Do your employees volunteer in the community?

Community involvement is a cornerstone of the Weyco mission. Each year we dedicate two weeks to raise money for the United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County. Since 2004, we have donated over $3 million in cash contributions and counting. We grant our employees time off to volunteer– this has resulted in a 25% participation rate among employees. Weyco also provides up to two matching gifts for employee’s personal donations to any local non-profit organization dedicated to children’s education. Weyco proudly supports Wisconsin Business Leaders for Democracy. As part of their state-wide effort, we introduced our Voter Turnout Initiative. Leading up to elections, employees are sent information on voter registration, locations, and important dates. We offer onsite voter registration in our Milwaukee facility and time off for voting and transportation to voting sites.

6. What is Weyco doing to support diversity, equity and inclusion?

Weyco has partnered with Ridley Consulting Group to understand how to best incorporate DEI practices into our work and everyday interactions. Our current approach includes the following steps:

  • Aligning our company leaders on what DEI means for Weyco and what success looks like
  • Launching an organization-wide Culture of Belonging Survey to identify DEI areas of strength and improvement and how that contributes to an employee’s sense of belonging
  • Developing a long-term roadmap for Weyco and its employees as we continue to implement DEI best practices into our departments

7. Does Weyco have a chemical policy or restricted substances list (RSL)?

The Weyco Chemical Management Policy is informed by AFRIM RSL global standards and voluntary restrictions. We are in the process of phasing out the use of PFAS/PFC-based water repellents and antimicrobials odor control. We also plan to incorporate the use of bio-based alternatives using >22% bio-based alternatives to EVA/PU in insoles, midsoles, and outsoles.

8. How are you educating and helping consumers extend the life of your products, e.g., care & use instructions?

Part of the Weyco guarantee is long-lasting shoes, but there are practices that can help extend their life. We've updated our Care & Use FAQs on our branded sites to provide guidance to consumers.