Germany's largest footwear manufacturer was established in 1774 and was a sixth-generation family company. In 2021 private equity firm L Catterton and Financiere Agache, the family investment firm of Bernard Arnault - chairman and CEO of luxury conglomerate LVMH - acquired a majority stake. Birkenstocks are manufactured exclusively in Germany. While most of their sandals are made with leather, they do have vegan options.
|Birkenstock GmbH & Co. KG||GER||website|
| L Catterton Management Ltd
owns 60% of Birkenstock GmbH & Co. KG
Private equity firm
In 2016 LVMH merged its private equity arm with American private equity company Catterton to create L Catterton.
| LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA
owns 40% of L Catterton Management Ltd
World's largest luxury goods company. Wines and spirits, perfumes, cosmetics, fashion and leather goods, watches and jewellery, plus a retail division. Chairman Bernard Arnault and his family, through Groupe Arnault, own about 47% of LVMH.
|Birkenstock GmbH & Co. KG|
Baptist World Aid Australia's '2022 Ethical Fashion Report' assessed 120 companies on their efforts to mitigate against the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation in their supply chains, as well as protect the environment from the harmful impacts of the fashion industry. Assessment criteria fall into five main categories: policy & governance, tracing & risk, auditing and supplier relationships, worker empowerment and environmental sustainability. This company received a score of 7/100.
Source: Baptist World Aid Australia (2022)
This company owns brands rated 'Not good enough' by Good On You, whose rating system considers the most important social and environmental issues facing the fashion industry to assess a brand's impact on people, the planet and animals.
Source: Good On You (2020)
This company has sustainability claims on its website.
Source: company website (2017)
|L Catterton Management Ltd|
This company is 40% owned by LVMH, which has several criticisms and an overall Shop Ethical rating of 'F'.
Source: Shop Ethical (2020)
UNPRI is a set of six principles direct institutional investors may adopt to consider environmental, social and corporate governance issues when investing. UNPRI is a voluntary agreement.
Source: UNPRI (2020)
|Subsidiaries||Birkenstock Australia Pty Ltd
Footwear importer and distributor
Footwear is made in Germany.
|Address||Neustadt, Wied, Germany|
Products / BrandsBirkenstock
Birkenstock Mens Shoes
Birkenstock Womens Shoes