The European Confederation of the Footwear Industry (CEC) was created more than 30 years ago as THE VOICE of the European footwear industry in the discussions with European Institutions and other international public and private organisations in Brussels. It gathers footwear national associations and federations of the European Union, representing approximately 88% of the footwear production.
CEC’s overall objective is to boost the competitiveness and sustainable growth of the European sector, while the most specific objectives include:
To promote and defend the interests and values of the sector with regard to EU policies and regulations with an impact on the European footwear (e.g. opening of third markets on a level playing field; internationalisation of SMEs; fight of counterfeiting goods; environment; social responsibility; etc.)
To support research and innovation, through the participation in EU projects, which can help the sector to adapt to the new globalization challenges like to contribute to climate change mitigation, energy efficiency, scarcity of materials, e-sales, new business models, consumer demands and needs, etc.
To foster employment and the development of necessary skills, as well as the attractiveness of the sector to young generations, through European initiatives (e.g. Erasmus+ programme; and Social Dialogue programme at EU level).
To serve as a platform and communication channel for all footwear stakeholders for the interchange of information and best practices, as well as increase collaboration, inside and outside Europe.
Two initiatives at international level:
World Footwear Congress, platform for discussing the constant changes and challenges that the footwear industry faces since the beginning of the globalization. Open to all categories of worldwide footwear stakeholders. Editions: April 2003 and April 2005 in Brussels, Belgium; April 2007 in La Rioja, Spain; November 2011 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; November 2014 León, México.
International Footwear Forum, a platform to strengthen collaboration among leading footwear national associations and confederations in the world, in particular in order to interchange information, consider common initiatives, as well as to express concerns and possibly find solutions. The first edition was held at the MICAM in September 2015 and the second in New York in June 2016, and the third in Porto, Portugal on the occasion of the 20th UITIC International Technical Footwear Congress.