A detailed Environmental Sourcing Strategy has been developed that builds on the following three steps:
- Risk mitigation
- Performance improvement
Target 2015: Extend environmental assessments to selected supplier groups
Conduct environmental assessments of high-risk suppliers.
- 5% EKPI improvement over the previous year for 3E and above suppliers; 10% EKPI improvement over the previous year for suppliers below 3E. By 2015, we are aiming for a 30% improvement in average KPI based on the 2011 baseline.
- Strategic Compliance Plan (SCP, our sustainability mid-term plan for selected suppliers) to contain environmental components on achieving reductions in energy, water and waste.
Review environmental audit tools in the light of external initiatives.
We regularly reflect on how we can adapt our audit tools. This year we have considered the tools developed in the Global Social Compliance Programme, for example.
Target 2015: Establish an industry-wide recognised audit protocol and certification
scheme for dye house facilities in collaboration with other brands and associations
Although we had no specific milestone set for this area in 2011, the 2015 target has become of critical importance in the context of the ‘Joint Roadmap Towards Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals’ (ZDHC) in the supply chain by 2020. The roadmap was announced in November 2011 by the adidas Group, C&A, H&M, Li Ning, Nike, Inc. and Puma and released for public consultation. It is an ambitious plan, one that sets a new standard of environmental performance for the global apparel and footwear industry. The roadmap includes specific commitments and timelines to realise this shared goal. One of the key initiatives of the roadmap is the establishment of an industry-wide audit protocol for dye houses and printing facilities. Read more about this in the environmental section of our corporate website.
(primarily related to 'Joint Roadmap Towards Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals')
- Plan, develop and implement the projects as listed in the roadmap schedule.
- Further support the creation of a strong brand collaboration with a significant number of members.
- To reach out further to all stakeholders.
Target 2015: 'Better Cotton' ('Sustainable Cotton') use: 40% by 2015, 100% by 2018 of all
Introduce ‘Better Cotton’ into the adidas Group supply chain.
- Achieve sourcing target of 5% ‘Better Cotton’.
Target 2015: Establish full traceability of more sustainable materials
In 2011, there was no milestone defined. However, we did roll out the use of ‘String’, an online tool that tracks sustainable materials and products used in our apparel business. We extended its use to high-volume suppliers of apparel products with more sustainable materials.
- Continue to monitor process and suppliers‘ compliance.
- Conduct benchmarking study to evaluate software for product tracking.
Target 2015: 10-15% cut in energy emissions by product output at core suppliers
(baseline year 2010)
While there was no specific milestone set for 2011, we did take an important step towards improved measurement and reporting. In collaboration with the data experts who manage the Group’s Green Company reporting, a new reporting tool was commissioned and implemented. The reporting tool covers both Green Company reporters (our own facilities) and external suppliers. It includes the entire spectrum of environmental parameters, as well as (for suppliers) some production-relevant data. The tool was implemented and around 100 suppliers inserted their 2010 data.
- Qualify and verify the reported data from 2010.
- Continue to roll out the tool to new groups of suppliers.
- Include all data from the covered suppliers for 2011.
- Develop an understanding of the baseline.
- Develop target requests for 2012.
Target 2015: Leather tanneries: 100% of non-Europe tanneries to achieve Leather Working Group (LWG) Silver or above rating (based on the LWG audit protocol). 85% of sourcing
volume (non-European) of leather finish should be certified at Gold level
At least 80% of the value of leather sourced from non-Europe tanneries to be from Silver Standard tanneries (based on the LWG audit protocol).
(Correction of the target as stated in the 2010 report)
- 99% of non-Europe leather finishing to achieve a Silver Standard or above (based on the LWG audit protocol).
- 70% of non-Europe leather finishing to achieve a Gold Standard or above (based on the LWG audit protocol).
- All Rockport leather suppliers to achieve LWG Silver Standard by July 2012.
Target 2015: Implement Green Design requirements for new buildings at suppliers
Review design and construction reports prior to approval.
- Adapt and implement green building standards for suppliers.
This year our full set of performance data is available only in PDF.