The 18th International Technical Footwear Congress of the International Union of Shoe Industry Technicians (UITIC
) was held in China for the first time also in Asia on 13-16 November 2013 in Guangzhou. UITIC has entrusted the organization to the China Leather Industry Association (CLIA).
Footwear manufacturers and 26 experts from over 10 countries discussed the subject “Social Responsibility: a challenge for the footwear industry”. Among which there are 3 experts from UN Industrial Development Organization and other institutions gave a lecture about the shoemaking features in the USA, shoe industry overview in China and so on. Other 23 experts also shared their own research achievements from 5 links including the “Products creation and environment”, "Process creation and environment”, "Consumer and customer”, "Working condition”, "Business Practice” and “Social responsibility”.