Sustainably producing shoes – how can this work?
“Building a sustainable shoe production system is one of our key objectives when manufacturing Lupriflex safety footwear. It’s not just about being able to sell our safety shoes with a clear conscience. All parties – the pre-supplier, the producer with his employees and the consumer – should get products that are produced under fair conditions at a fair price.”
Kilian Hornig, Sustainability Manager of L. Priebs GmbH & Co. KG

Your opinions and suggestions on sustainability are welcome! Whether wearing our shoes, specialist retailer, supplier or journalist – you are invited to share your ideas and everything that moves you around the topic of sustainability. Just send me an e-mail to: or call me on the phone number +492364-9267-23.

Ecological responsibility is self-evident
“Sustainability has always played a major role in our family business. Since 2008, our company has been working climate neutral. We feel committed to go easy on resources, operate in a responsible manner and, of course,  keep an eye on the people. It is a permanent task to make the future worth living. We are convinced that our efforts regarding harmful substances, environmental protection and social compatibility will faithfully pursue our goal.”
Markus Nelke, Managing Director of L. Priebs GmbH & Co. KG

From our point of view, sustainability covers the three sections:
harmful substances, environmental protection and social compatibility.

Harmful substances
Environmental protection
Fair working conditions

CO2 emissions decreased by 5 %

We have been carbon neutral at the headquarter in Haltern am See since 2008. The Munich-based consultancy for climate protection, Climate Partner, has calculated our carbon footprint for 2019. Compared to the previous year, we were able to reduce our CO2 emissions by five percent. For comparison: The determined emissions of 71.7 tons of CO2 correspond to the annual carbon footprint of nine European citizens or a journey of 222,722 km by car.

We compensate for the unavoidable emissions by supporting the climate protection project “Santa Maria Forest Protection” in Brazil. This project protects 71,000 hectares of the Amazon rainforest from deforestation and slash-and-burn.

According to Climate Partner this climate protection project is not affected by the political situation in Brazil. These areas are protected spaces that are independent of international aid organizations (which could be sent away by politicians). Climate Partner project developers are on site to oversee the projects and thus guarantee forest protection.

Further information on climate neutrality can be found here:

July 2020

Harmful substances

Monitoring of harmful substances

Our company is a member of cads. This community of over 80 members and renowned shoe manufacturers is committed to the sustainable development of footwear and leather goods.

Targeted is the reduction and avoidance of harmful substances. The working basis is the so-called "cads index of restricted substances in shoes". It goes beyond the requirements of the European chemicals regulation REACH, which we naturally fulfill.

 We have introduced a monitoring system for harmful substances designed to ensure the harmlessness of the safety footwear which is manufactured for us. It ensures that the permissible values ​​for the respective substances are met or fall below, or that the substances can even be avoided. An independent testing institute regularly checks various materials of our Lupriflex safety shoes for prohibited or harmful substances.

These tests for harmful substances are carried out in addition to the inspections by the on-site producer and the supplier of the respective materials. In addition, we select our suppliers and their suppliers according to strict criteria.


Environmental protection

Keeping an eye on environmental protection

In our production in Europe, compliance with European standards is a matter of course. Our productions in Asia should also comply with appropriate standards. Therefore, an environmental management system is mandatory for the producers we select. We cooperate with factories that are certified according to the international environmental management standard ISO 14001. There is an increased risk of environmental pollution in leather production.

Large quantities of raw materials, energy and chemicals are required. Therefore, we prefer to purchase leather from tanneries that are certified by the Leather Working Group (LWG). This organization aims to improve environmental responsibility in the leather industry.

Another starting point for us are recycled materials when developing new models or to improve existing models. For more information on our activities regarding environmental protection see: Environmental policy and Climate neutrality

Fair working conditions

Fair working conditions


Supply chains are very complex in the global market. We want to improve the transparency of our production and drive these improvements in our supply chains, if possible. Our manufacturing facilities in Asia have already been successfully audited to amfori-BSCI standards (BSCI - Business Social Compliance Initiative.), meaning they are monitored for fair working conditions as we understand them. amfori is an association that is the patron of this initiative. It helps companies to improve working conditions and social benefits in their global supply chains.


The goal is an open and sustainable trade. The monitoring system is made transparent for companies and consumers. Since July 2019 we are amfori-BSCI member. Through our membership, it will gradually be possible for us to monitor sustainable trade and get involved. We support the amfori-BSCI Code of Conduct, which contains the following principles:


  • Right to freedom of association and collective bargaining
  • Fair remuneration
  • Occupational health and safety
  • Special protection for young workers
  • No bonded labour
  • Ethical business behaviour
  • No discrimination
  • Decent working hours
  • No Child labour
  • No precarious employment
  • Protection of the environment.



In order to put these principles into practice, we follow the approaches of the amfori BSCI:


  • Compliance with the Code: The rights of employees are protected in accordance with the law and the Code.
  • Inclusion and protection of workers: workers are informed about their rights and obligations.
  • Supply chain management and cascade effect: The principles are applied to influence other business areas.
  • Complaint management: A system for collecting complaints and suggestions from employees is offered.



Further information can be found here:
amfori code conduct, Glossary Amfori BSCI and references Amfori BSCI