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  • Overall approach
    1/14
    • Overarching commitment on deforestation
      0/6
    • Signatory to an initiative tackling deforestation
      0/1
    • Awareness of the value of forests
      1/1
      Awareness
      Yes
      1/1
      "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."
    • Target to reduce emissions from land-use change
      0/3
    • Reporting on emissions from land-use change
      0/3
  • Commodity score
    26/86
    • Leather
      40/86
      • Commitment Strength
        24/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          13/21
          • Commitment details
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Commitment to protect priority forests
            Forest-related commitment
            8/10.7
            Type of commitment: Protects priority forests
            "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 sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1.5
            "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 operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "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 direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "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 indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1.5
            "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
            2/2
            Target date
            Current
            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"
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
            Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          11/15
          • Commitment details
            downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            Commitment to a traceable supply chain
            downstream company, traces to First Importer, checks compliance
            5.3/5.3
            "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 sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "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 operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all operations
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "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 direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "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 indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            Yes
            1.5/1.5
            "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 deadline
            0/2
            Target date
            No deadline
            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."
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/2
      • Reporting and Implementation
        8/34
        • Reporting against commitments
          0/6
          • Commitment to protect priority forests
            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
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses both supplier list and detailed sourcing regions
          4/4
          Publishing supplier lists
          Discloses both supplier list and detailed sourcing regions
          4/4
          Adidas provide a global factory list of primary suppliers, subcontractors and licensees, with names and detailed locations.
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          "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."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Adidas require their suppliers to ensure their workers' have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • 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."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
    • Pulp & Paper
      12/86
      • Commitment Strength
        0/36
        • Commitment to protect priority forests
          0/15
          • Commitment details
            No commitment
            0/8
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to reduce use of virgin wood fibre
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
        • Commitment to a traceable supply chain
          0/11
          • Commitment details
            No traceability commitment
            0/4
          • Commitment applies to all sourcing regions
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all operations
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all direct suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Commitment applies to all indirect suppliers
            No
            0/1
          • Target date
            No deadline
            0/1.3
          • Target is quantifiable
            No
            0/1.3
      • Reporting and Implementation
        4/34
        • 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
        • Monitoring and verification of supplier compliance
          No monitoring
          0/4
        • Engagement with non-compliant suppliers
          No engagement or exclusion
          0/4
        • Publishing supplier lists
          No disclosure
          0/4
        • Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Accessible grievance mechanism
          Yes
          4/4
          Both
          "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."
        • Collaborative actions
          No
          0/2
        • Report volumes of commodity
          No reporting
          0/4
      • Social Considerations
        8/16
        • Commitment to ensure Free, Prior and Informed Consent
          No
          0/4
        • Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          Labour rights in the supply chain
          Yes
          4/4
          UN Declaration for HR; Discrimination; Forced Labour; Child Labour; Freedom of association
          Adidas require their suppliers to ensure their workers' have freedom of association, and to be free from forced labour, child labour and discrimination. 
        • 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."
        • Inclusion of small-scale farmers
          No
          0/4
  • Commitment strength
    12/36
    Avg. score
  • Reporting and Implementation
    6/34
    Avg. score
  • Social considerations
    8/16
    Avg. score

Profile

The Adidas Group is a manufacturer of footwear, sports apparel, and accessories. Their products are known under brands such as Adidas, Reebok, and TaylorMade. The company is present in over 160 countries, and produce more than 778 million product units every year.  Adidas is also one of the largest footwear retailers in Western Europe, China, Hong Kong, and the US. Processed leather is commonly used in their footwear products. 

Sector
Industry sector 
Accessories & luggage, Apparel & footwear
Segments
Manufacturer
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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