In order to remain competitive and ensure sustainable success, adidas consciously takes certain risks and continously explores and develops opportunities. Our risk and opportunity management principles and system provide the framework for our company to conduct business in a well-controlled environment.
We define risk as the potential occurrence of an external or internal event (or series of events) that may negatively impact our ability to achieve the company’s business objectives or financial goals. Opportunity is defined as the potential occurrence of an external or internal event (or series of events) that can positively impact the company’s ability to achieve its business objectives or financial goals. We have summarised risks in four main categories: Strategic, Operational, Legal & Compliance and Financial. Opportunities are classified in two main categories: Strategic & Operational and Financial.
The adidas AG Executive Board has overall responsibility for operating an effective risk and opportunity management system that ensures comprehensive and consistent management of all material risks and opportunities. see Diagram 01 The Risk Management department coordinates the execution and further development of the company’s risk and opportunity management system and is the owner of the centrally managed risk and opportunity management process on behalf of the adidas AG Executive Board. The adidas AG Supervisory Board is responsible for monitoring the effectiveness of the risk management system. These duties are undertaken by the Supervisory Board’s Audit Committee. In addition, the Internal Audit department includes an assessment of the effectiveness of risk management processes and compliance with the company’s Risk Management Policy as part of its regular auditing activities with selected adidas subsidiaries or functions each year.
To facilitate effective risk and opportunity management, we implemented an integrated risk and opportunity management system, which is based on the integrated frameworks for enterprise risk management and internal controls developed and published by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). Additionally, it has been adapted to more appropriately reflect the structure as well as the corporate and management culture of the company. This system focuses on the identification, evaluation, handling, monitoring and systematic reporting of risks and opportunities. The key objective of the risk and opportunity management system is to support business success and protect the company as a going concern through an opportunity-focused but risk-aware decision-making framework. Our Risk Management Policy outlines the principles, processes, tools, risk areas, key responsibilities, reporting requirements and communication timelines within our company.
Risk and opportunity management is a company-wide activity which utilises critical day-to-day management insight from both global and local business units and functions.
Read more about our Risks and Opportunities in our 2016 Annual Report > Risk and Opportunities Report (Page 118)