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  • Overall approach
    1/16
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
      Deforestation commitment
      Commodity-specific commitment
      0/6
      Commodities (if applicable): Leather
      "Through a report issued by Greenpeace in 2009 we were made aware of the level of illegal deforestation in the Amazon rainforest caused by the increasing expansion of the cattle sector. We have been engaging with Greenpeace and our leather suppliers and have discussed the report findings. As a result, accompanied by a number of other international brands, we have called for a moratorium on cutting down the Brazilian rainforest. We have asked our suppliers to support this goal and have set them a range of requirements. The key one is that the cattle and meat industry develops a traceable and transparent system to provide credible assurances that leather used in adidas Group products is only from cattle raised on ranches that have not been recently deforested."
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      Adidas Group quotes the following in their "VIEW FROM GREENPEACE The world’s tropical forests are still being destroyed at an alarming rate, causing biodiversity loss and threatening the world’s climate, and jeopardising livelihoods of millions of forest dependent peoples. [...] Deforestation for cattle ranching is the biggest driver of deforestation in the Amazon. In turn, forest loss is responsible for approximately 60% of all Brazilian greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions."
    • Deforestation as a business risk
      0/1
    • High-level management of deforestion
      0/1
      High-level management
      No
      0/1
      Which commodities does it apply to?: Beef & Leather; Pulp & Paper
    • Executive compensation linked to deforestation
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Disclosure of conservation activity
    • Disclosure of reforestation activity
  • Commodity score
    24/84
    • Leather
      29/84
      • Commitment Strength
        17/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          11/17
          • Commitment details
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Zero-gross deforestation
            8/10.7
            "By September 1st, 2009 leather suppliers shall publicly declare their commitment and support of the moratorium on deforestation in the Amazon biome area that is defined by IGBE (Brazil's National Institute of Geography and Statistics). Leather suppliers are requested to support and join an ongoing, traceable and transparent system that provides credible assurances that leather only comes from cattle raised at farms- adhering to the moratorium on deforestation of the Amazon Biome;- complying with all legal requirements as imposed by the Brazil Government or its local municipalities related to the protection of the rain forest in the Amazon biome"
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/3
            If no, what is excluded?: Location
            The commitment only applies to the Amazon Biome "By September 1st, 2009 leather suppliers shall publicly declare their commitment and support of the moratorium on deforestation in the Amazon biome area that is defined by IGBE (Brazil's National Institute of Geography and Statistics). Leather suppliers are requested to support and join an ongoing, traceable and transparent system that provides credible assurances that leather only comes from cattle raised at farms- adhering to the moratorium on deforestation of the Amazon Biome;- complying with all legal requirements as imposed by the Brazil Government or its local municipalities related to the protection of the rain forest in the Amazon biome"
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            2/2
            "By September 1st, 2009 leather suppliers shall publicly declare their commitment and support of the moratorium on deforestation in the Amazon biome area that is defined by IGBE (Brazil's National Institute of Geography and Statistics). Leather suppliers are requested to support and join an ongoing, traceable and transparent system that provides credible assurances that leather only comes from cattle raised at farms- adhering to the moratorium on deforestation of the Amazon Biome;- complying with all legal requirements as imposed by the Brazil Government or its local municipalities related to the protection of the rain forest in the Amazon biome"
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            Interim target date
            Yes
            1/1
            "By September 1st, 2009 leather suppliers shall publicly declare their commitment and support of the moratorium on deforestation in the Amazon biome area that is defined by IGBE (Brazil's National Institute of Geography and Statistics). Leather suppliers are requested to support and join an ongoing, traceable and transparent system that provides credible assurances that leather only comes from cattle raised at farms- adhering to the moratorium on deforestation of the Amazon Biome;- complying with all legal requirements as imposed by the Brazil Government or its local municipalities related to the protection of the rain forest in the Amazon biome"
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          6/11
          • Commitment details
            Downstream company - traces to First Importer - no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            Downstream company - traces to First Importer - no compliance check
            2.7/5.3
            "The adidas Group has mapped each supplier type/category across our global supply chain, for both our direct and indirect sourcing relationships. The mapping has included Tier 2 embellishers, packaging, and key materials suppliers for our footwear, apparel and accessories products. We have also mapped the general material flows, by country, for Tier 3 raw material sources with a specific focus on natural materials (cotton, leather and rubber) which are supplied from farms or plantations."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            Yes
            3/3
            "The adidas Group has mapped each supplier type/category across our global supply chain, for both our direct and indirect sourcing relationships. The mapping has included Tier 2 embellishers, packaging, and key materials suppliers for our footwear, apparel and accessories products. We have also mapped the general material flows, by country, for Tier 3 raw material sources with a specific focus on natural materials (cotton, leather and rubber) which are supplied from farms or plantations."
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/2
            Target date
            No target date
            0/2
            "The adidas Group has mapped each supplier type/category across our global supply chain, for both our direct and indirect sourcing relationships. The mapping has included Tier 2 embellishers, packaging, and key materials suppliers for our footwear, apparel and accessories products. We have also mapped the general material flows, by country, for Tier 3 raw material sources with a specific focus on natural materials (cotton, leather and rubber) which are supplied from farms or plantations."
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/1
            Interim target date
            No
            0/1
            "The adidas Group has mapped each supplier type/category across our global supply chain, for both our direct and indirect sourcing relationships. The mapping has included Tier 2 embellishers, packaging, and key materials suppliers for our footwear, apparel and accessories products. We have also mapped the general material flows, by country, for Tier 3 raw material sources with a specific focus on natural materials (cotton, leather and rubber) which are supplied from farms or plantations."
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "adidas recognizes its corporate responsibility to respect human rights and the importance of showing that we are taking the necessary steps to fulfill this social obligation. We do this by striving to operate responsibly along the entire value chain; by safeguarding the rights of our own employees and those of the workers who manufacture our products through our Labor Rights Charter and 'Workplace Standards'; and by applying our influence to affect change wherever human rights issues are linked to our business activities." [....] "Specifically, we expect our business partners to operate workplaces where the following standards and practices are implemented: [...] Forced Labour / Child Labour / Freedom of Association / Discrimination" Adidas are also a signatory of the ILO "Participating company. Partnership between the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation to improve social dialog and productivity in supplier factories."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          "We follow a holistic approach to uphold women’s rights, ensure gender equality and protect against all forms of gender-based discrimination, internally, and through our business relationships." "We have commissioned empowerment projects to support the hiring of women workers – where cultural norms had restricted job opportunities – and training initiatives to build skills for female workers whose employment has been displaced due to the introduction of new technologies."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        5/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/3
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: webform, email
          "Any violation of our Workplace Standards, or any potential, or actual, breach of human rights linked to adidas Group’s operations, products or services can be raised with us through our Third Party Complaint Process [...] Any individual or organization directly affected by an issue, or any organization which represents individuals or communities directly affected, can make a complaint."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          Yes report direct suppliers
          2/4
          For what percent of suppliers' production areas are point locations disclosed?: 0%

          For what percent are boundaries disclosed?: 0%

          From what country(ies) does the company source material?: Turkey; Argentina; Bangladesh; Brazil; Cambodia; China; Colombia; El Salvador; Honduras; INDONESIA; Japan; Korea; PAKISTAN; TAIWAN; Thailand; United States of America; Vietnam;

          Does the company disclose location of suppliers' production areas or primary processing sites?: Primary processing sites
          Adidas provide a global factory list of primary suppliers, subcontractors and licensees, with names and detailed locations. "Being committed to transparency and public disclosure, adidas is one of the very few companies in the industry that fully discloses its global factory lists and publishes detailed information including name and location of suppliers by country about its primary suppliers, subcontractors, licensees, as well as suppliers where the majority of wet processes are carried out. "
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
    • Pulp & Paper
      18/84
      • Commitment Strength
        6/28
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/12
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          6/8
          • Commitment details
            Yes
            4/4
            Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            Yes
            4/4
            Type of commitment: Recycled content; Reduction of material inputs
            "One of the targets of the Environment Strategy 2015 is to optimise packaging solutions. We made some progress on our 2011 milestone to review the current status of our efforts so we were able to develop our targets. We reviewed current packaging volumes as well as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition packaging module. The outcome of the review has been used for the development of a sustainable packaging approach. We used 200 million shoe-boxes across the adidas Group in 2011. All outer cartons are made of 100% recycled materials, and the shoe-boxes have an overall recycled content of 95% based on weight. Improvements have been made in pattern efficiency and weight reduction, and for adidas Sport Performance, Originals and Neo boxes, we now use standardised materials which do not require any glue. Inks are water or soy-based. FSC certification for our main suppliers is in progress."
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
            If no, what is excluded?: Product line
          • Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            Target date
            Current/2020/Pre-2020
            1.3/1.3
            "One of the targets of the Environment Strategy 2015 is to optimise packaging solutions. We made some progress on our 2011 milestone to review the current status of our efforts so we were able to develop our targets. We reviewed current packaging volumes as well as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition packaging module. The outcome of the review has been used for the development of a sustainable packaging approach. We used 200 million shoe-boxes across the adidas Group in 2011. All outer cartons are made of 100% recycled materials, and the shoe-boxes have an overall recycled content of 95% based on weight. Improvements have been made in pattern efficiency and weight reduction, and for adidas Sport Performance, Originals and Neo boxes, we now use standardised materials which do not require any glue. Inks are water or soy-based. FSC certification for our main suppliers is in progress."
          • Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            Interim target date
            Yes
            0.7/0.7
            What date is given for the interim milestone(s)?: current
            "One of the targets of the Environment Strategy 2015 is to optimise packaging solutions. We made some progress on our 2011 milestone to review the current status of our efforts so we were able to develop our targets. We reviewed current packaging volumes as well as the Sustainable Apparel Coalition packaging module. The outcome of the review has been used for the development of a sustainable packaging approach. We used 200 million shoe-boxes across the adidas Group in 2011. All outer cartons are made of 100% recycled materials, and the shoe-boxes have an overall recycled content of 95% based on weight. Improvements have been made in pattern efficiency and weight reduction, and for adidas Sport Performance, Originals and Neo boxes, we now use standardised materials which do not require any glue. Inks are water or soy-based. FSC certification for our main suppliers is in progress."
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/8
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all regions, suppliers and operation
            No
            0/2
          • Target date
            No target date
            0/1.3
          • Interim target date
            No
            0/0.7
      • Social Considerations
        8/18
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of commitment: ILO; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          "adidas recognizes its corporate responsibility to respect human rights and the importance of showing that we are taking the necessary steps to fulfill this social obligation. We do this by striving to operate responsibly along the entire value chain; by safeguarding the rights of our own employees and those of the workers who manufacture our products through our Labor Rights Charter and 'Workplace Standards'; and by applying our influence to affect change wherever human rights issues are linked to our business activities." [....] "Specifically, we expect our business partners to operate workplaces where the following standards and practices are implemented: [...] Forced Labour / Child Labour / Freedom of Association / Discrimination" Adidas are also a signatory of the ILO "Participating company. Partnership between the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation to improve social dialog and productivity in supplier factories."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
        • Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          Gender equality in the supply chain
          Equality and Inclusion of women in the supply chain
          4/4
          "We follow a holistic approach to uphold women’s rights, ensure gender equality and protect against all forms of gender-based discrimination, internally, and through our business relationships." "We have commissioned empowerment projects to support the hiring of women workers – where cultural norms had restricted job opportunities – and training initiatives to build skills for female workers whose employment has been displaced due to the introduction of new technologies."
        • Commitment to remediation
          No
          0/2
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No commitment
          0/4
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/38
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/2
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/2
        • Reporting is independently verified
          0/4
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
            No
            0/1.3
          • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            No
            0/1.3
        • Deforestation cut off date
          No
          0/2
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Risk assessments for forest risk
          No
          0/2
        • Operations assessed to comply with law
          No
          0/2
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Details of the mechanism: Social; Environmental

          What is the nature of the grievance mechanism used by the company (own mechanism, that of external company, internationally recognised mechanism, focused on social issues, focused on environmental issues, etc.)?: webform, email
          "Any violation of our Workplace Standards, or any potential, or actual, breach of human rights linked to adidas Group’s operations, products or services can be raised with us through our Third Party Complaint Process [...] Any individual or organization directly affected by an issue, or any organization which represents individuals or communities directly affected, can make a complaint."
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
        • Downstream: Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Downstream: Monitor compliance in supply chain
          No
          0/4
        • Downstream: Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/2
        • Downstream: Disclosure of non-compliant suppliers
          No disclosure
          0/2
  • Commitment strength
    11/28
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    4/38
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    8/18
    Avg. score

Profile

Adidas Group is a manufacturer of footwear, sports apparel, and accessories. Its products are known under brands such as Adidas, Reebok, and TaylorMade. The company is present in over 160 countries, and is one of the largest footwear retailers in Europe, China and the US. Processed leather is commonly used in its footwear products. Adidas Group is selected as a powerbroker for leather and paper packaging.

Sector
Industry sector 
Accessories & luggage, Apparel & footwear
Segments
Manufacturer, Retailer
HQ
HQ 
Germany
Company Type
Company type 
Public listed
Collective Commitments
Consumer Goods Forum member
New York Declaration on Forests signatory

Top Brands

Adidas, Reebok, TaylorMade

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