Monitoring Compliance

Verifying compliance

The adidas Group has played a pivotal role in the maturation of the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a tripartite organisation of companies, universities and NGOs dedicated to the sustainable improvement of workplace conditions.

Through the FLA, we seek to verify the efficacy of our programme activities and to publicly report those activities to stakeholders. As a participant in the FLA, the adidas Group commits to:

  • Uphold the FLA's code of conduct and standards
  • An extensive internal monitoring of our supply chains
  • External monitoring and evaluation by independent monitors
  • Remediate and prevent instances of non-compliance
  • Participate in the FLA's third-party complaint system
  • Public reporting.

The FLA accredited the adidas Group's compliance programme in 2005, and re-accredited the programme in 2008. The next review and accreditation cycle is scheduled for 2011.

For the past nine years FLA-accredited independent monitors have conducted monitoring visits to suppliers of the adidas Group. In 2010, FLA monitoring exercises included four monitoring audits and one external verification visit. Additionally, the adidas Group participated in FLA-sponsored activities dealing with fair wages, the Prepare Project in Bangladesh which develops worker-management communication mechanisms and the Sustainable Compliance Initiative and monitoring methodology.

More information can be found in the Performance section.

Read more about the FLA's monitoring activities on their website.

Reading this report

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