Corporate Responsibility

Cougar Shoes employees packing tall boots at the Cougar factory, circa 1950  

Our Ethics

Cougar Shoes is an active member of the Amfori Business Social Compliance Initiative, known as BSCI. This global organization works with brands to improve the social performance of their supply chain and has a very clear and consistent approach that highlights best practices. As a member we adhere to a strong code of conduct following principles including things like; fair remuneration, no discrimination, decent working hours, occupational health & safety and no child labour.

We choose our manufacturing factory partners very carefully and opt to work with those who maintain an approved BSCI social compliance audit status. This is done and monitored through BSCI’s transparent and reliable Auditing Integrity Programme on an ongoing basis.

For more information https://www.amfori.org/content/amfori-bsci

 

Our Footprint

At Cougar, we believe how we innovate and make design choices is an ongoing journey and while we strive to always do our best, we recognize we have a way’s to go. We’re on the path to smart design choices with the environment in mind that create less waste and use new recycled materials. Here’s how we’ve started: Starting with a selection of styles for Fall 20, many of our new boots going forward will now use PrimaLoft® insulation. Originally designed for the US military, PrimaLoft® insulation is a permanently water-resistant material that’s made from post-consumer recycled material. It keeps you warmer and drier, even when wet, and has a thermal efficiency comparable to goose down.

Plus, for Fall 20 we’ve designed new nylon feel-good styles made from recycled materials. Our Gale and Gusto winter boot styles are lined with PrimaLoft® and made with nylon from recycled plastic bottles, it re-invents synthetics with the environment in mind, is hard working and conscientious. Feel-good fact: each pair is made with 5 recycled plastic bottles.