Health and safety

Every employee must have a safe working environment. Nothing less is acceptable. This is valid for every kind of workplace, including machine workplaces in production areas, home office workplaces for administration functions and workplaces in our stores. As a global Group, our operations have to comply with a wide range of different legal and cultural imperatives. Naturally, practices and procedures will vary from one facility to another depending on the structure of the facility, but the core requirements remain the same.

The adidas Group's health and safety management focuses on the following core areas:

  • Workplace health and safety at the sites
  • Travel security
  • Major incident response including precautionary measures related to communicable diseases
  • HIV/AIDS Policy.

Workplace health and safety at sites

Corporate Guidelines for Health and Safety are in place which are used by our administrative offices, distribution centres and production sites. They include core standards for workplace health and safety which complement local legal regulatory requirements. In addition, our larger administration facilities and the Group's small number of production sites have comprehensive risk, health, safety and environmental management systems coordinated by local facility management.

Read more about the Group's environmental management systems and programmes in the Green Company section.

Managing workplace health and safety at major sites in Germany

Under German labour safety law, employees at our headquarters in Herzogenaurach and other locations in Germany must receive annual training on workplace health hazards and safety measures. The adidas Group intranet offers mandatory online courses on emergency procedures and fire safety measures as well as guidelines for office and computer ergonomics.

There is regular health and safety training at our production sites in Germany in collaboration with the Textile and Clothing Trade Association.

Every two years, a Safety Day takes place at all German locations. The day is organised by the Labour Safety Committee together with the police, the trade association, the health insurance and local businesses.

To respond appropriately to the number of reported accidents on the way to or from work, further training courses were offered to adidas Group employees in 2010. Training was conducted by an expert in the safe use of motor vehicles. The main parts of this instruction covered a visual check of the vehicle before setting off, dangers when driving in traffic, defensive driving, correct behaviour on the road and how to secure loads safely.

First Aid training

During the past year, much time was invested into first aid training. At the Scheinfeld location, the company paramedics from Herzogenaurach, Scheinfeld and Uffenheim underwent further training and were challenged with an exercise involving a realistic accident scenario.

Technological progress is also taken into consideration. The adidas Group ensures that security and industrial safety staff in Herzogenaurach, Scheinfeld and Uffenheim are trained on defibrillators and that such equipment is also made available at various locations. The employees who were already trained in the use of defibrillators received further important training in the safe use of an Automated External Defibrillator in 2010.

Checking workplace health and safety in retail stores

With the increasing number of retail stores run by the adidas Group, workplace health and safety in stores plays an important role. Industrial experts conducted store inspections and checked ladders, shelves and lighting. They also checked to see that the emergency escape route plan was prominently displayed along with information about fire protection regulations as well as other workplace safety matters.

Statistics about workplace health and safety can be found in the Performance section.

Travel security

The adidas Group is a global business and people are constantly travelling between various places around the world. To ensure utmost travel security the adidas Group runs a Medical and Security Assistance Programme with a third party to service expatriates and adidas Group employees on business-related travel.

The purpose of the Medical and Security Assistance Programme is to make business travel easier and safer and to help when medical, health or security related problems arise while people are travelling, either in or out of their home country. Employees obtain pre-travel services including information regarding immunisation recommendations, travel medicine clinics, passports and visas, local medical facilities, and special security precautions about their destination. Destination services include telephone medical and security advice, worldwide medical and dental referrals, medication replacement, prescription transfer and medical and security evacuation.

The service provider has 24-hour Alarm Centres which are staffed with security advisors and physicians who are trained in emergency and travel medicine. They also have a network of medical clinics globally that provide an international standard of care.

Major incident response

The Group-wide Major Incident Response Policy sets out procedures as well as clear definitions, responsibilities, actions and the internal and external communications needed to handle such incidents effectively. With the policy's help under the lead of Group Human Resources, the Group's Incident Response Team takes the appropriate action to minimise risks for our employees and our business at any time anywhere in the world.

HIV/AIDS policy

The adidas Group runs a Group-wide HIV/AIDS policy which is available to all employees via the company's intranet site. The policy is based on guidance from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and contains:

  • General guidance on HIV/AIDS
  • An employee guide
  • Guidelines for HR managers on workplace care and support.
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