As a global business operating in more than 55 countries, the adidas Group has a responsibility to look after the natural environment, both for people today and in the future. Environmental impacts occur in various forms at all stages of the lifecycle, from product design to disposal.

Production has been largely outsourced, so the greatest environmental impacts occur at our suppliers' sites, where more than 95% of adidas Group products are manufactured. The company focuses its activities on helping suppliers establish sound environmental management systems as the best way for them to reduce their environmental impacts. Using the environmental performance of its own production sites as examples of best practice, the adidas Group develops appropriate guidelines and training programmes for its suppliers.
The adidas Group adopts a systems-based approach to managing environmental impacts in its own production facilities and in the supply chain. Within the lifecycle of its products there are two points in the design and development process where a significant difference to the company's environmental footprint can be made. The first is in improving the materials that go into the products, and the second is in tackling pollution in factories. Ensuring product safety is also an imperative for product management, development and manufacturing processes.

Product lifecycle and related programmes

Product lifecycle and related programmes [Click image to enlarge - opens new window]