Car Shoe is an Italian footwear retailer founded in 1963 by Gianni Mostile. The multinational retail company creates iconic Italian shoes for men and women.

It started from a passion for race cars and fine handmade shoes. The Italian luxury fashion house, Prada S.p.A., owns Car Shoe along with other brands such as Miu Miu, Church's, and more.

Prada operates more than 620 stores and has over 13,000 employees in stores, factories, logistics, brands, and subsidiaries across 70 countries where it does business.

Car Shoe has placed sustainability at the heart of its business approach and wants to achieve long-term sustainable growth by investing in people, distribution, technology, manufacturing, and sustainability.

Its sustainability commitment aims to contribute to People, Planet, and Culture. And it considers environmental protection a very important matter.

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Category: Shoes

For: Women, men

Type: Sneakers, boots, sandals, flats

Style: Chic, classic

Quality: High

Prices: $$$

Sizes: 4-12 (US), 1-9 (UK), 34-42 (EU), 1-9 (AU)

Fabrics: Cotton, polyurethane, rubber, leather

100% Organic: No

100% Vegan: No

Ethical & Fair: No

Recycling: No

Producing countries: Italy, United Kingdom

Certifications: SA8000

Sustainability Practices

Car Shoe takes wide-ranging measures to protect biodiversity, reduce its consumption of water, energy, and other resources, avoid waste, and combat climate change.

It wants to be better and more efficient by looking at every aspect of its value chain to ensure the healthy functioning of our planet. However, the majority of its business remains detrimental to the environment.

Car Shoe doesn't use organic materials such as organic cotton or hemp or recycled materials such as recycled rubber. It uses many natural fabrics without relevant certifications, such as regular cotton, or synthetic petroleum-based fibers, such as polyurethane.

Car Shoe publishes a list of all its manufacturers but not its processing facilities on its corporate website, the Prada group. It promotes an internal culture based on respect for human rights and encourages responsible, conscious behavior regarding health and safety.

The Italian shoe retailer does show some labor certification standards that would ensure good working conditions, decent living wages, health, safety, and other crucial rights for workers in its supply chain.

Car Shoe has a code of conduct that applies to all its suppliers and subcontractors based on the regulations set by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Car Shoe assesses compliance with its Code of Conduct by informal visits or third-party audits with or without notice. It commits to environmental protection and environmental and social standards.

Car Shoe uses exotic animal skin and also makes many products with leather. These animal-derived materials are cruel and unethical. They also harm the environment by producing greenhouse gases and waste. More sustainable alternatives exist.

Sustainability Goals

Car Shoe has committed to reducing its environmental impact across the entire supply chain. It's on a journey towards the progressive reduction of GHG emissions directly related to its operations and the value chain.

Car Shoe plans to reduce absolute scope 1 and scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 29.4% by 2026 from a 2019 base year and reduce absolute scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2029 from a 2019 base year to achieve net-zero emissions in 2050.

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