Sourcing and manufacturing

Environmental Sourcing Strategy

In 2010, we established an Environmental Sourcing Strategy (ESS) to align the sustainability efforts and activities in our supply chain with those of the overall adidas Group Environmental Strategy 2015. The ESS aims to give our suppliers a clear sense of direction in tackling their environmental impacts. We will review progress each year and adjust the Strategy accordingly as we approach 2015.

Setting our goals

Through the process of developing the ESS, we have learned we need to:

  • Identify and manage the environmental risks along our supply chain
  • Drive improvements with the focus on developing a top performing supply chain
  • Reach out and partner with others to increase our overall impact in the industry.

These drivers indicate how we can meet our goals as a Group, which are to:

  • Have sound management systems in place at a supplier level which reduce and eliminate environmental hazards
  • Have environmental and resource management embedded in our sourcing decisions and our selection and retention of suppliers
  • Reduce the overall environmental footprint of material sourcing and the manufacture of our products.

From analysis to action

We have identified the key tasks required to meet these goals. The tasks are interconnected and build upon each other. In order to be able to manage the environmental risks within our supply chain, we need to first understand them. To do that, we developed and implemented our Supplier Risk Assessment Tool and Environmental Assessment Tool. They have provided us with a ranking of our footwear, apparel and accessories & gear suppliers according to their level of environmental risk. This in turn has helped us to develop targeted training or capacity building programmes for our suppliers. It has also allowed us to develop appropriate standards and policies.

Over the next few years, we will be focusing on data reporting and setting quantified targets for our strategic suppliers while ensuring traceability throughout the supply chain.

Working with others

Throughout 2010, the SEA team continued to reach out to industry organisations and other brands to identify and work on joint initiatives. The SEA team has been a major contributor to the development and piloting of the Outdoor Industry Association's Eco-Index and has provided specialist input into the development of the Global Social Compliance Programme's environmental module. Also underpinning our strategy is a process of continuous learning, evaluation, and engagement with our internal and external stakeholders. This approach should help us - and our suppliers - to manage and respond to evolving stakeholder expectations of environmental performance.

Read how we are training suppliers in environmental management systems.

Read how we are tracking sustainable materials.

Reading this report

Performance counts and reporting is about making performance clear to readers.

So in this year's report each page identifies which Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) indicators it addresses, complementing the GRI Index.