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Standards and Policies

We have rules and guidelines that support us in integrating sustainability into our supply chain.

our workplace standards

The Workplace Standards are rules we apply at our own sites and our suppliers’ factories to cover health and safety, labour rights and environmental protection. The Standards draw from international law and the International Labour Organization conventions, and follow the model code of conduct of the World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry. We revised the Workplace Standards in 2001, 2006 and 2016 in consultation with labour rights groups.

We expect all our suppliers to live up to these Standards. They are a contractual obligation under the manufacturing agreements the adidas Group signs with its main business partners.


To explain how we expect our suppliers to live up to our Standards, we have produced a number of supporting guidelines that detail our expectations for fair, healthy, safe workplace conditions and environmentally sound factory operations. They make the Workplace Standards understandable and practical, provide additional guidance for our suppliers, and help us work together to find effective solutions to workplace problems. Our guidelines include:



Health & Safety Guidelines

Reviewed, revised and updated in 2010.

Guidelines on Employment Standards

Reviewed, revised and updated in 2016.

Environmental Guidelines

Newly issued in 2010, these Guidelines complement the adidas Group's Guide to Best Environmental Practice.

Guide to Best Environmental Practice

Issued in 2005.

Enforcement Guidelines

First finalised in 2004, revised in 2006 and again in 2007.

Termination Guidelines

Issued in 2007, these Guidelines are part of our standard operating procedures.

Guidelines on Redundancy and Layoffs

Issued in 2007, these Guidelines are part of our standard operating procedures.

Worker Cooperative Guidelines

Issued in 2005.

Advisory Note: Due Diligence for land acquisition and resettlement - new manufacturing facilities, MyanmarIssued in 2014.

To make sure that not only the suppliers but also adidas Group employees and licensees, the ones that are involved in product sourcing, are aware of our Workplace Standards and additional guidelines, we’ve implemented Group-wide standard operating procedures. They ensure that all adidas Group businesses and licensees inspect, select and authorise suppliers in line with our Workplace Standards. Core policies and procedures that are part of the adidas Group’s policy manual include:

  • A Factory Approval Policy, which describes the procedures for getting authorisation from the Social and Environmental Affairs team for all production
  • The External Monitoring Policy, which outlines requirements for external monitors conducting factory assessments on behalf of adidas Group business entities and licensees
  • A Termination Guideline, which describes our approach to ethically terminate a relationship with a supplier
  • The Fair Factories Clearinghouse procedure, which describes the responsibilities for disclosing and maintaining data in the Group’s supply chain database.