Sourcing and manufacturing


When evaluating the carbon emissions associated with sourcing our products we need to look at how goods are transported from where they are made to where they are sold.

Our policy and target is to minimise the impacts from transport, by working with carriers who operate sound environmental management systems and in particular minimising air freight shipments. To reduce the environmental impact of our transport operations, we typically ship most of our cargo by sea.

Over the past three years we have seen an increase in sea freight shipment and a reduction in air freight across all major product categories as a result of further enhancements in production and logistics planning with factories. However, due to the increased consumer demand for customisation as well as due to the short delivery times for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, we saw a slight increase of air freights again in 2010.

See the Performance section for more information.

Due to the fact that the adidas Group works with third parties rather than our own transport fleet, our transport and logistics department has developed environmental requirements for carriers and forwarders. One of these requirements is that carriers and forwarders have environmental management systems in place that have successfully been certified in accordance with the ISO 14001 standard.

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