Andreas Tepest

It is Andreas Tepest, general manager of quality management at DEICHMANN SE [Head of Global Quality Management of DEICHMANN SE], to show us CADS features and purposes – Defined Standards for Shoe Production.

Let’s start from the easiest thing: what does CADS stand for?
“Cooperation for Assuring Defined Standard, that is a cooperation aimed at ensuring standards in the production of shoes and bags. Today it has more than 80 members, and only in 2017 they have grown by 13 units. Mainly manufacturers and retailers of footwear, but including also chemists, material suppliers and certification institutes”.

How did this initiative begin?
“The association was founded in 2007 under the umbrella of the German Shoe Institute and focuses, in the first place, on hazardous substances. Today the attention has widened to all the issues concerning sustainability, with particular attention to environmental and social standards.
Our aim is to ensure the quality of footwear and leather goods, making it manifest and evident through appropriate labeling that certifies the level of excellence. Our involvement in public relation activities to promote all footwear, leather goods and materials that respect the environment, people and can be said to be fully sustainable can not be considered minor”.

What are the recent activities you are most focused on? 
“The Partnership for Sustainable Textiles initiative involving more than 150 members – between politics, economy and civil society – which seeks to improve the conditions of international textile production (the footwear world is not involved).
The comparison with the NGOs, whose voice is increasingly heard and relaunched by the media is therefore increasingly present in the world of the final consumer. On the one hand we want to counteract the frequent disinformation that is spread by contrasting an incisive promotion of all those products and virtuous production companies that respect health, the environment and people. On the other hand, we want to promote scientific research to analyze potential risks of the substances used in the shoe production; develop alternative and hazardous substances and processes; promote theories and dissertations that deal with the topic of dangerous substances present in footwear and how to prevent their application; implement appropriate measures for the production and marketing of sustainable shoes”.