The adidas Group has outsourced most of its production. We work with more than 1,100 independent factories from around the world that manufacture our products in 62 countries. Our supply chain is global and multi-layered, with many different types of business partners, some of who are directly contracted factories, and others who are not.In 2012, the top five countries per region by number of supplier sites were:
Our influence in terms of social and environmental compliance is linked to the strength of our partnerships, and is often proportional to the scale and stability of the orders placed with our suppliers.
Supplier factories by region in 2012 (excluding own factories and licensee factories)
Direct sourcing modelThe adidas Group holds direct contractual relationships with its core suppliers who are centrally supervised by Global Operations. Global Operations manages product development, commercialisation, distribution, and supervision of the manufacture of apparel, footwear and accessories for the adidas, Reebok and TaylorMade-adidas Golf segments. These suppliers produce the predominant share of the total sourcing volume of the Group. Indirect sourcing modelThe other part of our product volume is sourced by agents or is made under licence. Agents place orders with their preferred suppliers. Licensees may either place orders directly with their suppliers or use agents as intermediaries. Our indirect supply chain complements our direct sourcing by meeting specific requirements that cannot be serviced through Global Operations.Local market productionIn order to quickly seize short-term opportunities in their local markets, to satisfy a niche market requirement, or in some cases to react to certain trade regulations, adidas Group subsidiaries may also source from local suppliers that are not overseen by Global Operations; these suppliers do require our authorisation for production. The adidas Group is one of the very few companies in the industry that has fully disclosed its global supplier list, and that list can be downloaded from this website.
Our suppliers fall into five broad categories:
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