Material selection policy
The company does not source raw materials from any endangered or threatened species, as defined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) in its red list. The policy also prohibits using leathers from animals that have been inhumanely treated, whether these animals are wild or farmed.
The adidas Group clearly does not tolerate animal testing for new product or material developments. And, where necessary, we ask for written confirmations from our licensees, in particular for the cosmetics business, that they strictly adhere to
However, we have to accept the fact that there are rare occurrences when a government or regulatory agency indicates that an animal study is necessary in order to ensure consumer protection for a component of our products and where no validated alternative exists. In these cases, the need for testing is carefully examined by licensees and, if the test must be performed, it is strictly controlled. Licensees’ research and development teams have pioneered safety tests and alternative testing methods in order to eliminate the need for animal testing.