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Supervisory Board Committees

Our Supervisory Board has formed five permanent expert committees to handle complex tasks and to increase its efficiency.

In accordance with statutory regulations, the Articles of Association of adidas AG and the Rules of Procedure of the Supervisory Board, the Supervisory Board has formed five permanent expert committees to perform its tasks in the most efficient manner.

The composition of the committees as well a description of their tasks are set out in the following.


Committee Members

Committee Members
Steering Committee

Igor Landau (Chairman)
Dr. Thomas Rabe

Udo Müller*

General Committee

Igor Landau (Chairman)
Dr. Thomas Rabe

Udo Müller*
Roland Nosko*

Audit Committee

Herbert Kauffmann (Chairman)

Frank Scheiderer*

Bodo Uebber
Günter Weigl*

Nomination Committee

Igor Landau (Chairman)

Dr. Thomas Rabe

Kathrin Menges

Mediation Committee

Igor Landau (Chairman)

Dr. Thomas Rabe

Udo Müller*
Roswitha Hermann*

*Employee representative

committees and THEIR tasks

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is composed of the Chairman of the Supervisory Board and the two deputies. It discusses major topics, prepares Supervisory Board resolutions and is authorized to pass resolutions on behalf of the Supervisory Board in particularly urgent cases.

General Committee

The General Committee is composed of an equal number of shareholder and employee representatives and consists of four members. The committee is responsible for, in particular, the preparation of decisions of the full Supervisory Board regarding the appointment and dismissal of Executive Board members. Furthermore, the committee is responsible for preparing all resolutions for the full Supervisory Board which concern the Executive Board compensation system, the determination of the total compensation of the individual members of the Executive Board as well as the content, form and conclusion of their Executive Board service contracts.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee is composed of an equal number of shareholder and employee representatives and also consists of four members. The Chairman of the Audit Committee is independent and must not be the Chairman of the Supervisory Board. He was not a member of the company’s Executive Board prior to assuming the respective mandate. The Chairman of the Audit Committee has specialist knowledge and experience in the application of accounting principles, internal control processes and the auditing of annual financial statements. Hence, the Chairman of the Audit Committee is considered an independent financial expert.

The committee examines the annual financial statements of adidas AG and the consolidated financial statements of the adidas Group, including the combined Management Report and the non-financial statement of adidas AG and the adidas Group and prepares the respective resolution proposals for the full Supervisory Board. Furthermore, it deals with the quarterly and half year financial reports prior to their respective publication.  In addition, it prepares the proposal of the Supervisory Board to the Annual General Meeting for the appointment of the auditor, assigns the audit review and determines the key audit matters. It supervises the audit, particularly the auditor's independence and the additional services rendered by the auditor, including permitted non-audit services. The Audit Committee supervises, in particular, accounting matters and deals with risk management, compliance and sustainability matters. It assures itself of the efficiency of the risk management, internal control and compliance systems and is regularly informed on the work undertaken by Internal Audit. Furthermore, the Audit Committee is responsible for approving related party transactions unless approval by the Supervisory Board is required. The work of the Audit Committee is regulated by Rules of Procedure.

Nomination Committee

The Nomination Committee, consisting of three members, is the only Supervisory Board committee consisting exclusively of shareholder representatives in accordance with the recommendations of the German Corporate Governance Code. Its tasks involve preparations with regard to elections of shareholder representatives to the Supervisory Board, and it submits recommendations to the Supervisory Board for its proposals to the Annual General Meeting. For its recommendations, the Nomination Committee ensures that, aside from statutory requirements, the requirements of the Code and the Rules of Procedure of the Supervisory Board, the objectives resolved upon by the Supervisory Board regarding its composition including the profile of skills and expertise (competency profile) are also taken into consideration.

Mediation Committee

The Mediation Committee is composed of an equal number of shareholder and employee representatives and consists of four members and is formed in accordance with § 27 section 3 of the German Co-Determination Act (Mitbestimmungsgesetz - MitbestG). The committee is responsible for submitting a proposal to the Supervisory Board regarding the appointment or dismissal of an Executive Board member if a two-thirds majority within the Supervisory Board required for an appointment or dismissal is not achieved in the preceding resolution.