A detailed set of indicators has been developed and established, mainly in our athletic footwear suppliers' factories, to measure, track and analyse the environmental impact of footwear operations. These metrics enable the adidas Group to calculate the average consumption of key resources per pair of sports shoes produced by its key footwear suppliers in Asia. These suppliers account for more than 95% of adidas footwear production. The calculation of the average data is based on a very detailed data reporting framework, which was introduced in 2004.
In 2007, all Group athletic footwear factories became part of the reporting scheme. An ongoing review and feedback process improved the general quality of the data. However, factories new to the indicators recorded data with less accuracy than those that have already been working with the indicators for a few years. In 2007 we saw a slight increase in the average consumption of key resources per pair of shoes since Reebok footwear factories joined the system and they have yet to improve environmental efficiencies.
Average resource consumption/pair of sports shoes
|Energy use (KWh/pair)||2.93||2.36||2.93|
|Waste water (m3/pair)||0.034||0.045||0.057|
|Average VOC (g/pair)||20.3||19.3||20.5|
The indicator system has now become a reliable management tool for footwear suppliers, helping them not only to measure resource consumption but also identify potential savings and set reduction targets. The adidas Group will continue to assist them in maintaining these tools so they can realise these potential savings.