Green Company

Global travel

As a global business, with many locations worldwide and a global supplier base, air travel is widely used by adidas Group employees. Since global travel is an important driver of our carbon emissions, this area was included into our Green Company target setting in 2009. The defined goal is to reduce our emissions caused by business travel to 570 kg CO2 per employee.

To obtain a better understanding of the environmental footprint caused by air travelling, the air travel managed through our in-house travel agency has been regularly recorded since 2006. In 2010, the absolute amount of carbon dioxide (33,000 metric tonnes) increased by 7,500 metric tonnes compared to 2009 (25,500 metric tonnes). In relative terms the ratio of carbon dioxide emissions per employee in 2010 increased by 19% to 766 kg CO2 compared to 645 kg CO2 per employee in 2009.

In 2009, the number of business trips was actually reduced due to the economic downturn and a careful approach to save costs, whereas in 2010, many business trips were undertaken that had previously been scheduled for 2009. Furthermore, the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ was a common destination for adidas Group employees in 2010 so that business travel activity increased compared to the previous year.

In 2011, we will evaluate possible actions as well as the accuracy of the reported data.

CO2 per employee (in kg)
CO2 per employee (in kg) 717 645 766
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