WE ARE PROUD TO BASE OUR PROJECT ON
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Everybody is aware of the social mission that our project has when it comes to empowering new designers, opening the doors of the industry to them and allowing them to have their concepts developed, produced and sold. And getting paid royalties on the sales.
We are proud to say that few brands are as diverse and inclusive as we are.
Until now we have collaborated with 11 designers.
3 from the USA (1 Native-American, 1 Filipino descendant), 1 from Portugal, 1 from Brasil, 1 from Hong Kong, 1 from Mexico, 1 from India, 1 from Canada and 1 woman from Colombia.
But our social conscience goes further than that, especially when it comes to manufacturing.
If you ever wondered, We Are Underdogs shoes are proudly produced in Portugal, in an artisanal way.
Not in any sweat shop, but in state of the art small manufacturing units in an European country known for it’s craftmanship and quality.
The heritage in manufacturing fine leather footwear is one of the most looked for characteristics of Portugal.
And that guarantees a flawless sneaker!
Portugal, as a member of the European Union, has one of strictest labour laws in the world.
. no forced labour
. no child labour
. reasonable working hours (40 hours a week)
. paid extra working hours
. payment of a living wage
Are regulated and enforced in Europe.
So it is not even a question.
But we go even further.
All our manufacturers are family owned businesses that respect that legislation and are fully motivated in creating a pleasant work environment.
All of them grant their employees freedom of association and collective bargaining;
There is no harassment, abuse or discrimination;
The wages in the footwear industry are higher than the average national industry wage;
The conditions of the factories are safe and healthy;
The women’s right are, not only guaranteed, but their wages must be equal to a man’s wage for the same job;
And all the above are regularly checked, in loco, by members of our team.
But our commitment to a sustainable project does not end there.
All our suppliers of raw materials are European (Portugal, Spain and Italy) and they respect dully all the laws and regulations in the use of chemicals, namely REACH;
Our leather vendors are certified: ISO9001:2015 ISO14001:2015 and one of our main vendors is one of the 5 companies member of the Green Leather Industry for the Environment;
Our fabric / textile vendors go gurther than what the law demands with their UNE-EN ISO 9001:2015 and UNE-EN ISO 14001:2015 certification;
All the carton used in our packaging is recycled and the use of ink is minimum;
Portugal is known for it's investment in renewable energy and more than 50% of all the electricity consumed comes from renewable sources.
We Are Underdogs will continuously implement actions that allow to reduce our carbon footprint in a rational way and won't compromise our commitment to provide you an unbeatable value for money product!