The sustainability section of our corporate website has been developed for all of our stakeholders that may have an interest in how the adidas Group manages sustainability issues. While some of them expect us to be focused on their specific areas of concern, others wish to obtain a broad overview of our work. To satisfy as many interest groups as possible the website aims to provide a complete outline of our work including performance data but also remains fact-based and succinct. In some instances, the reader is directed to other web pages and adidas Group reports for more information. Some stakeholders, in particular socially responsible investment (SRI) analysts, wish to see our annual reporting fully benchmarked against the reporting standards of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). In previous years we have relied on complete sustainability reports and some references in our annual financial report to meet the GRI requirements. Since 2012, information on both our website and in our annual performance report contributes to meeting these requirements. This allows us to keep our annual sustainability report succinct and focused on performance and progress while qualitative information and accompanying case studies will be reported on the corporate website.
The sustainability section of the corporate website is where we provide information about the adidas Group’s sustainability goals, strategy, programmes and performance. The sustainability section:
Our annual sustainability report focuses on our progress in meeting our key targets for the year. The report also looks forward and presents the targets for the year ahead.
We recognise that some stakeholders want companies to ensure the content and data disclosed in their sustainability reports is independently verified. While we strive to continuously improve our reporting systems for supplier monitoring data, we feel that much of this data, in particular data on labour conditions, is not always verifiable in a standardised way. At this stage therefore we do not feel that report verification would add value. We do, however, believe that independent verification of workplace conditions and of the processes and monitoring approaches we adopt in our compliance programme is important. For this reason our reporting does contain information that is subject to an annual review by the Fair Labor Association. We also refer to data verified when supplier factories or our own facilities were certified to ISO, EMAS and OSHAS standards.
Read our 2012 Sustainability Progress Report
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