HDS, the German shoe industry federation, wants to upgrade the presentation of the members' interests outside Germany. An important step in this direction was taken last July with a cooperation agreement with the European Sporting Goods Industry Federation, Fesi. The two organizations want to recover some of anti-dumping duties paid by some their members on imports of leather shoes from China and Vietnam. Another point on the agenda is a common product classification for footwear products. Last but not least, HDS has approved a code of conduct based on the ten principles of the United Nations' Global Compact. The principles cover human rights, labor guidelines, protection of the environment and anti-corruption measures, as well as safety at work and anti-trust legislation.