Our Approach

Over 120 years ago, the Bata family set out to provide a service to the community and this is still the guiding philosophy today.

Our vision is unchanged from that of our founder, Tomáš Bat’a, who, in 1894, set out to create ‘a dynamic enterprise that will serve its customers and its community’.

This long-held belief – that the value of business to society includes the wealth and employment it creates and the products and services it provides to consumers – remains as relevant today as it did more than a century ago.

Our Principles


We encourage our people to use their experience, skill and inventiveness for business success.


Our people are accountable for the decisions and results over which they have control.

Fairness & Integrity

We believe in dealing fairly and with integrity in all our business relationships. We strive to conduct business in a way that earns the respect and confidence of our people, customers and community.

Our Beliefs

Our philosophy brings together service and corporate responsibility. We respect the social, economic and environmental aspirations of the communities we operate in


Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP)

Continuous improvement of working and environmental conditions in global supply chains.

The Leather Working Group (LWG)

Raising the environmental performance of the leather industry.