Footwear giants Adidas, Clarks, Nike and Timberland have issued a last-chance warning to Brazilian leather suppliers, saying that they will drop suppliers which use cattle farms which are not registered with the domestic government by July.
According to environmental group Greenpeace, the leading footwear brands and retailers have joined together and issued a “last-chance message” to leather suppliers, to protect the Amazon rainforest from deforestation.
Sarah Shoraka, Greenpeace’s Amazon campaigner, said: “It’s clear that top names like Nike, Clarks and Timberland remain committed to making sure that the leather in their shoes hasn’t come from areas of the Amazon rainforest that have been trashed.
“If their suppliers don’t pull their finger out, then these top shoe companies are going to drop them. And that will really send a signal to the Brazilian cattle industry that it needs to clean up its act.”
Members of the Leather Working Group issued the statement today in support of Greenpeace’s Campaign to Eliminate Deforestation in Brazil caused by Cattle Ranching.