Bata donates 1 million pairs of shoes

As a global leading shoe company, Bata feels special responsibilities towards all its stakeholders including the communities in which it operates across countries and regions. This is why Bata commits to donate 1 million pairs of shoes to health care workers and their families, the front-liners fighting the Covid-19 with admirable courage and dedication every day. The donation will impact a number of countries, in Europe, Latin America, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and India.

1 million pairs

“During these unprecedented times, Bata is committed to doing everything possible to ensure the health and safety of our employees and consumers, to continue to serve our consumers to the best of our ability, and to take meaningful action to help communities in need and those on the frontlines” said Alexis Nasard, Bata CEO. “Now more than ever, we are committed to upholding our values and to improve the lives of our consumers, employees, suppliers, customers and communities”.
Since the onset of the outbreak, Bata through its ‘Bata Heroes’ initiative, has been working with its long-standing foundations, charitable partners, government officials, and other organizations to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, in countries as diverse as India, Czech Republic, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Colombia, Italy, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Chile, Peru, Thailand, Malaysia. Bata produced and donated face masks, face shields and protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers, as well as donated food, hygienic products, or funds through the Bata Children’s Program and the Bata Shoe Foundation.

About Bata
Founded in 1894, Bata is one of the world’s leading shoemakers, designing comfortable and stylish footwear at surprisingly affordable prices. Bata is a family-owned business selling more than 180 Million pairs of shoes annually in our 5,800 stores and producing locally in our 22 Bata-owned manufacturing facilities across five continents. Bata operates in more than 70 countries, thanks to 35’000 colleagues.

Safety shoes for Medical Care Center

This week, Bata Industrials donated safety shoes to the medical staff of the Valkenhof Medical Care Center. We also donated personal protection equipment made available by our partners in China. Whilst we seem to be getting the COVID-19 virus more under control, there is still a shortage of personal protection equipment for those heroes working in the medical sector.
Valkenhof is a non-profit medial organization and has 10 locations in the Valkenburg area, just south of Eindhoven in the province of Brabant. With over 800 medical staff and support functions, Valkenhof provides all medical services from day centers, rehabilitation to elderly care.

The Bata safety shoe ACT 156 is a white safety loafer. This safety shoe has a penetration resistant insert, is ESD certified (electrostatic discharge) and provides the highest level of slip resistance. ACT 156 has an upper made from light microfiber material which is fully fluid resistant, making it ideal in medical applications. This collection is produced in the Netherlands.

Picture: Martijn Mathot, Managing Director of Bata Industrials hands over the safety shoes and personal protection equipment to René Poierrié, manager Hotel Care.

A large part of our safety shoes are developed and produced in Best in Noord-Brabant. Our investments in robotics, Research & Development and advanced technologies are bearing fruit. Founded in the Czech Republic in 1894, Bata was one of the first manufacturers to sell its products all over the world.