Since 2006, the adidas Group has used the Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC) platform as the Group's internal compliance database. The FFC platform facilitates the management of compliance data from all adidas Group suppliers producing footwear, apparel and accessories. A key feature of the FFC database is sharing audit data, and the adidas Group has shared audit and monitoring information with other FFC member companies since November 2008. All SEA internal and commissioned external monitoring reports are archived and open to sharing. This has facilitated our work with other brands to develop harmonised corrective action plans and joint auditing activities.
There are clear benefits in collaboration, including:
- A reduced number of compliance assessments which is more efficient for both brands and suppliers
- More streamlined communications between FFC member companies and suppliers
- Increased leverage to drive remediation according to common agreed actions.
All adidas Group business entities are required to disclose supplier data on the FFC prior to the start of production. Bi-annual reviews and maintenance ensure that supplier data is correct and current. Audit reports, findings and performance ratings are regularly uploaded to suppliers' FFC accounts, allowing SEA and Sourcing departments to track progress and corrective actions. Photos, documents and other forms of record-keeping are also uploaded and maintained as verification of compliance activities.
SEA continuously trains the Group's user community in all aspects of the FFC's functions. Selected factories in our supply chains are given FFC training to encourage them to take responsibility for their own compliance. As a result, the FFC system and functions drive detailed, transparent reporting which in turn allows the increasingly effective management of compliance performance in our diverse, global audience of business entities and supply chains.