Programme Of The 18th International Technical Footwear Congress

The 18th International Technical Footwear Congress of the International Union of Shoe Industry Technicians (UITIC) will be held in China on 13-16 November 2013 in Guangzhou. Footwear manufacturers and experts will discuss:

Social Responsibility: a challenge for the footwear industry

The following is Draft Programme of the 18th UITIC Congress

Wednesday, 13 November
◇ Registration & Welcome cocktail (evening)

Thursday, 14 November
◇ Visit of factories in Dongguan



8:30 – 9:00

Transfer to BOOTY

9:00 – 10:00

Visit to BOOTY


Transfer to SEHOPE


Visit to SEHOPE


Transfer to lunch venue


Buffet lunch


Transfer to HUAJIAN


Visit to HUAJIAN


Visit to JIACHENG (tentative)


Transfer to hotel




Pearl river night cruise

Friday, 15 November
◇ Congress
◇ Official Diner

Saturday, 16 November
◇ Congress (morning)

More than 20 international speakers, experts in their fields are scheduled.
Simultaneous translation service will be provided.

Scientific Programme:

Session 1: Product Innovation
• Ecodesign, Life Cycle Analysis , End-Of-Live, Carbon footprint,
• Use of new and ecological materials in the shoe production, Stressing on recycling materials,
• New packaging, new product design, new product concepts closer to the final market with particular attention to the shoe customization,
• More intensive usage of Internet tools to let to customers more choices on the styles,
• Issues of tracing (shoes and of components)…
Sessions 2: Process Innovation
Alternative technologies and organizations of the supply chain in the shoe production allowing:
• Material savings, energy saving, time saving,
• Clean technologies, “green” components,
• Leather or other materials waste,
• The implementation of traceability…
Session 3: Working Conditions and Human Resources
• Increase work safety,
• Develop skill and increase the value of human resources in the production plants,
• Increase the involvement of the workers, reduction of repetitive and alienate jobs,
• Social standards application,
• Incentives personnel bounded to the global quality of each different production phases…
Session 4: Consumers and Customers
• Sustainable consumption, consumer expectation,
• Consumer health and safety, how to deal with REACh type regulations,
• Consumer information and labelling, Communication (from “Green washing” to full transparency),
• Organization to reduce counterfeit risk, …
Session 5: Business Practices and Social Responsibility Implementation
• Changing relationships for win-win practices in the supply chain (subcontractors and suppliers),
• Building institutional infrastructure for Social Responsibility,
• How to implement a Social Responsibility project, methodology, assessment, evaluation and certification, reporting and feedback from companies

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