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FAQ

No matter how much information you put out there, some questions will always remain. We are looking forward to helping you out. However, before reaching out to us please check the below list of most frequently asked questions. This will give us more time to answer specifics and it saves you time waiting for our reply.

General matter

How and when was adidas AG founded?

adidas has its roots in Herzogenaurach, Germany. In 1920, Adi Dassler, the son of a shoemaker, crafted his first training shoes and laid the foundation for a long and successful company history.

Adolf (called ‘Adi’) Dassler registered the company in 1949. The company’s name is derived from the given name and last name of its founder. If you want to find out more about the diverse and eventful years since our company’s foundation, you can read all about our history.

Who steers the company?

Our Executive Board  consists of six members who reflect the cultural diversity and international structure of our company. Each Board member is responsible for a major business area within the company. Kasper Rorsted became adidas CEO effective October 1, 2016. Other members of the Board are Roland Auschel, responsible for Global Sales, Eric Liedtke, responsible for Global Brands, Harm Ohlmeyer, responsible for Finance, Karen Parkin, responsible for Global Human Resources, and Gil Steyaert, who is responsible for Global Operations. 

Where is adidas headquartered?

The headquarters of the adidas AG, called “World of Sports”, are located in Herzogenaurach, a small town in Bavaria, Germany. Around 4,600 of the company's more than 57,000 employees work at our campus-like headquarters. Visit our Herzo Careers page, where you will get more information.

Which and where are the most important locations of the adidas AG?

The “World of Sports” is the headquarters of adidas. Major locations include Carlsbad, Canton, Portland, Panama, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

How many people does adidas employ?

On June 30, 2016, the company had 57,176 employees.

What is the composition of adidas AG's Supervisory Board?

As the company and its domestic affiliates together have more than 2,000 employees, the Supervisory Board is composed pursuant to the German Co-Determination Act (Mitbestimmungsgesetz – MitBestG) of eight members representing the shareholders and eight members representing the employees.

Whom do I contact at adidas regarding donations or charitable contributions?

All requests for corporate donations must be submitted in writing. Check out our locations section for addresses or use the contact form on our website. Please note: We receive many donation requests from deserving organisations every day and we regret we are unable to respond affirmatively to every need. If we are interested, the responsible department will get in touch with you.

How can I get updated about adidas on a regular basis?

You can download our Investor Relations and Media App if you wish to be informed about news regarding the world of finance and investment of the adidas AG or register for the Investor Relations newsletter.

You can also get an overview of all social media activities of the adidas AG in our Social Space section or activate an RSS feed.

If you want to find out more about our brands visit:

http://news.adidas.com/GLOBAL 

http://news.reebok.com/

Products & Brands

Which brands are part of adidas?

The adidas AG markets its products under the following brand names:
 
adidas: footwear, apparel and hardware such as bags and balls.

Reebok: footwear, apparel and hardware.

adidas Golf: golf footwear and apparel.

Five Ten: outdoor footwear.

 

What brand investments and divestments have been made during the last couple of years?

TaylorMade has been part of the adidas AG since 1997. The company acquired Reebok with its sub-brands Rockport and CCM Hockey in 2006. Further acquisitions such as Five Ten and Adams Golf have been made within the last few years. In August 2016, adidas formally completed the divestiture of its Rockport business to a new entity formed by Berkshire Partners LLC and New Balance Holding, Inc. In September 2017, adidas sold its CCM ice hockey business to a newly formed affiliate of Birch Hill Equity Partners.

What can I do about an adidas product I bought that is defective?

If you are dissatisfied with the quality of your adidas product, please contact your adidas retailer or online shop. There, your claim will be discussed competently with you and, if the claim is justified, the purchased item will be replaced. It is our aim to help you in a fast and uncomplicated way if you have a justified claim.
If you have ordered the product online, please see our return policy for detailed information.

Can I submit an idea (product/design idea) to adidas for evaluation?

No. Our policy is not to accept unsolicited submissions of designs, inventions or ideas from persons external to adidas. We appreciate your interest in our company and seek your cooperation by asking you not to submit any ideas to adidas. 

Where can I find out more about the way products of the adidas AG are manufactured?

adidas mainly manufactures its products through suppliers. Please go to the Supply Chain Structure section of this website to find out more about our supply chain. 

Where can I buy adidas AG's products?

You can either shop directly online on the different brand online shops or check out the store search on those websites. 

adidas

adidas.com

Reebok

shop.reebok.com 

Jobs

Where can I find information about job opportunities within adidas?

On our adidas Careers website you will find a list with all the positions that we are currently looking for and you can apply for them right away. For more information, please visit the Careers section of this website and see our offer and our expectations of our candidates.

I can't find an open position that fits my profile, but still would like to send in an unsolicited application.

In that case, you may create a profile by going to the adidas Careers page and clicking the search button in the top right-hand corner. This will take you to our job search page where you will find an application profile section on the right-hand side of the screen. Here, you can set up a general profile within our system and also set up job search agents to be notified when jobs you are interested in become available.

How can I apply to work in a different country?

You can select this in the Search Jobs section on our Careers website.

I would like to be a model for adidas.

All the models we use for photo shootings or presentations are booked through professional model agencies, therefore we do not accept direct applications from models.

I would like to complete an internship within the adidas AG.

Please refer to the Careers section of this website to read our offer and our expectations or go to the adidas Careers website.

You will find all information about our internship programmes in the Students & Grads section. However, please keep in mind that you need to be actively enrolled in an undergraduate programme for the duration of the internship.

What profile should an ideal candidate have for a job within the adidas AG?

We have summarised all the criteria an ideal candidate for adidas should fulfil in the Our expectations section.

I have been invited for an interview. How do I get to the adidas locations worldwide?

The addresses of the main locations and headquarters of adidas are listed on our website. Please get in touch with your contact person regarding addresses of other offices that are not listed. 

Public Relations

How can I contact the Corporate Communication department?

Please visit the Media Contact section. 

What does the Corporate Communication department do?

The Corporate Communication department is the contact point for business media worldwide and represents the company behind the brands. To contact the Corporate Communication department click here. For brand-related topics, please visit the brand news streams: news.adidas.com and news.reebok.com and select your specific market. 

How can I get local media information about the brands?

For local media information, please visit news.adidas.com and news.reebok.com and select your specific market.

Where can I find the latest corporate news?

Please visit the news archive of this website. If you want to receive our press releases for business and financial topics, please send us your contact details and we will put you on our mailing list.

When is your next press conference?

Visit the Corporate Communication or Investor Relations events.

Where can I find hi res video material/imagery about the company?

To see and download hi-res videos and images about the adidas company, visit our Multimedia Centre.

How can I get updated about the company on a regular basis?

You can download our Investor Relations and Media App if you wish to be informed about news regarding the world of finance and investment of the adidas AG or register for the Investor Relations newsletter.

You can also get an overview of all our social media activities in the Social Space section or activate an RSS feed.

If you want to find out more about our brands visit news.adidas.com and news.reebok.com

In addition, Gameplan-A.com features great stories of people who do not stop being an athlete when they enter the office.

I am a student and need some information about adidas …

In general, have a look at our FAQ section. If you need information for a presentation or thesis, please use our company contact address. As we receive many enquiries every day, we would like to ask for your understanding that unfortunately we cannot get back to every one of you. A lot of information is already on our website: just visit our news archive, the adidas history or the financial reports.

Investor Relations

Where is the adidas share listed?

The adidas AG share is listed on the German stock exchange in Frankfurt. The stock is part of the DAX-30 index, which consists of the 30 major German companies.

What type of shares has adidas AG issued?

adidas AG has issued registered no-par-value shares (registered shares). 

When was adidas admitted to the DAX?

adidas was admitted to the DAX on June 19, 1998.

What is the adidas AG stock registration number?

The adidas AG stock registration number (ISIN) is DE000A1EWWW0.
The Reuters symbol is ADSG.F (Frankfurt) and the Bloomberg symbol is ADS.

Has adidas AG recently conducted a share split?

On May 11, 2006, the Annual General Meeting of adidas AG approved a share split in a ratio of 1:4. On June 6, 2006, prior to market opening, each existing share was divided into four adidas AG shares. As no new shares were issued, there was no dilutive effect. There has been no further share split since this event.

I am a US investor wanting to buy adidas shares. How can I do this?

US investors can buy adidas ADRs either through any broker licensed to buy and sell US securities or directly through Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas (Deutsche Bank). Currently we have one ADR facility, the Level I facility. For more information on this facility please look here.

How can I get in contact with Deutsche Bank?

 

Contact details for registered and private ADR holders:
Deutsche Bank Shareholder Services
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
Peck Slip Station
P.O. Box 2050
New York, NY 10272-2050

Email: DB@amstock.com
Toll-free number: +1 866 706 0509
Direct dial: +1 718 921 8137

Contact details for ADR brokers & institutional investors:
Phone (US): +1 212 250 9100
Phone (UK): +44 207 547 6500

Does the company have a direct stock purchase programme?

No, the adidas AG does not offer a direct stock purchase programme. Stocks must be purchased through a bank or broker.

What is the number of shares outstanding?

You can find the number of shares outstanding in the share details section.

What does the company's shareholder structure look like?

Visit the shareholder structure section for an overview of our shareholder structure.

What is the free float ratio of the capital stock?

The free float ratio of the capital stock is 100%.

When did adidas acquire Reebok?

The business of Reebok International Ltd. (USA) and its subsidiaries is consolidated as of February 1, 2006.

Who is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company?

Since October 1, 2016 Kasper Rorsted is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of adidas AG.

What is the composition of adidas AG's Executive Board?

Our Executive Board is composed of six members who reflect the diversity and internationality of the company. Each member is responsible for a major business area within adidas.

What is the composition of adidas AG's Supervisory Board?

As the company and its domestic affiliates together have more than 2,000 employees, the Supervisory Board is composed pursuant to the German Co-Determination Act (Mitbestimmungsgesetz – MitBestG) of eight members representing the shareholders and eight members representing the employees.

Where do I get a quick overview of your key financial figures?

Check out the five-year overview of the company's key financial data.

How much dividend per share did adidas pay in the past years?

Please check out the dividend overview section to see the dividend per share development. 

When will the next Annual General Meeting take place?

The next Annual General Meeting of adidas AG will be held on May 9, 2018 in the Stadthalle Fuerth, Rosenstrasse 50, 90762 Fuerth/Bavaria, Germany.

How and where can I register for the Annual General Meeting?

For all questions relating to the Annual General Meeting, please see the detailed Annual General Meeting FAQs.

I have questions about the latest results or other financial matters ...

You can view all financial reports on our website. For further information, please contact:

adidas AG
Investor Relations
World of Sports
91074 Herzogenaurach
Phone: + 49 9132 84-3296
Fax: + 49 9132 84-3127
Send an email to Investor Relations.

When will the next results be released?

Please take a look at the investor events section to see the upcoming events. A webcast of the presentation and speech will be available on our website. 

I would like to get an Annual Report ...

If you would like to view the previous and latest reports on the internet, please visit the financial reports section. 

Where can I find the terms and conditions of the convertible bond?

Please click here to find the terms and conditions of the convertible bond. 

What is the current conversion price of the convertible bond (ISIN: DE000A1ML0D9; WKN: A1ML0D)?

On May 8, 2013, the adidas AG shareholders’ meeting resolved on the payment of a dividend of € 1.35 per share. As a result of this, the conversion price and the conversion ratio has been adjusted as follows: the conversion price from € 83.46 to € 83.10, the conversion ratio from 2,396.3575 to 2,406.7817. The adjusted conversion ratio became effective on May 9, 2013.

When can the convertible bond be executed?

The conversion right may be exercised by a bondholder during the period commencing on May 21, 2012 and ending on June 5, 2019 (both dates inclusive). If the last day of the conversion period falls on a day which is not a trading day, the conversion period will terminate on the trading day immediately preceding such day. If the last day of the conversion period falls in an excluded period, the conversion period will terminate on the last trading day prior to the commencement of such excluded period.

Sustainability

Does the adidas Group have a sustainability strategy? (or: What is the adidas Group’s approach to sustainability?)

The adidas Group has a sustainability strategy that is fully integrated into its overall business strategy “Creating the New”. “Sport needs a space” identifies six strategic priorities to address the issues and challenges of the spaces where sport is made (all places where products are created, designed, manufactured and shipped), sold (own retail, wholesale and e-commerce) and played (from the indoor court to the outdoor pitch all over the world). Please click here for more information.

Does the adidas Group have a supply chain code of conduct?

The adidas Group has a supply chain code of conduct which is called the “Workplace Standards

What are the “Workplace Standards”?

The “Workplace Standards” are the adidas Group’s supply chain code of conduct. The concept defines a contractual obligation under the manufacturing agreement the adidas Group signs with its business partners. The Standards contain clear rules of conduct regarding environmentally sound, safe and healthy working conditions, fair wages and freedom of association, prohibition of excessive overtime and forced and child labour as well as protection against discrimination. They help the adidas Group choose supply chain partners and monitor their performance as well as identify and help remediate problems

In which countries are your products manufactured? And how many factories and/or suppliers are there?

At the end of 2015, we worked with more than 1,000 independent factories globally which manufacture adidas Group products in 61 countries. 65% of the factories are located in the Asia-Pacific region, 25% in the Americas and 10% in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).

Does the adidas Group have its own factories or is all production outsourced?

The adidas Group operates a limited number of own production and assembly sites in Germany (1), the USA (4) and Canada (3).

How do you select and monitor your suppliers?

Our adidas Group Sustainability team checks and controls potential new factories proposed by our Sourcing organisation. This way, we want to ensure that suppliers meet our Workplace Standards  and that there are no risk issues in the factories. If a factory does not meet our Standards, we reject it. Besides our SEA staff, monitoring compliance is carried out by commissioned third-party experts and independent auditors who verify compliance or evaluate our Workplace Standards’ programmatic activities. Please click here for more information about our Supply Chain Approach.

How environmentally friendly are your products and the production process?

Our overall ambition is to reduce complexity and create more sustainable products and packaging. We aim to embed environmental aspects into our innovation projects within each brand where product innovation and design takes place. Our innovation teams are challenged to come up with innovations in materials and processes to help improve the sustainable aspects of the products and make their production process more environmentally friendly. Good examples from the past are adidas DryDye, the Better Cotton Initiative and the use of Recycled Polyester. Check our sustainability innovation to get the full picture. 

Are your products safe for children?

We have Group-wide product safety policies in place that ensure we consistently apply physical, chemical product safety and conformity standards across all brands of the adidas Group. To ensure product quality and consumer-safe products, all materials and product samples have to pass a rigid compliance process and are tested in accordance with standardised material and product testing specifications and procedures. We constantly track legal developments in the area of product safety and, where necessary, update our policies and manuals, as we have done in the area of children’s clothing. In a specific manual on children’s clothing, we combine the strictest laws and regulations from major regions such as the EU and the US. All our children’s clothes have to follow these specific requirements.

Are children working in your suppliers’ factories?

Our Workplace Standards state that our suppliers must not employ children who are less than 15 years old, or less than the age for completing compulsory education in the country of manufacture where such age is higher than fifteen. Compliance with this standard is checked regularly by internal and external monitors.

How “green” is the adidas Group as a company?

We strive to increase our positive impact on the planet and become a green company. For the adidas Group, this means designing products that are environmentally sound, and reducing the environmental impacts of our day-to-day operations and in our supply chain. Overall, we aim to:

  • Save energy and reduce carbon emissions
  • Save water
  • Reduce the use of non-renewable raw materials, using more environmentally friendly materials
  • Reduce waste
  • Reduce toxicity, for example by using less hazardous chemicals and through efforts to reduce pollutants in waste water at supplier factories
  • Improve the environmental footprint of raw materials and products
  • Manage supplier performance through auditing, measuring and reporting against key performance indicators
  • Use management systems to drive continuous improvement.

Does the adidas Group report on its social and environmental policy and performance externally?

In addition to publicly reporting on our corporate website, since 2001, the adidas Group has published an annual sustainability report which sets out goals, strategies and actions to increasingly and constantly improve our social and environmental performance. The adidas Group made history by becoming the first company in the sporting goods industry to start reporting about its sustainability performance data. In addition, we are the only company in the sporting goods industry that has published a report on an annual basis ever since.

Annual General Meeting

When and where will the 2017 Annual General Meeting take place?

This year's Annual General Meeting takes place on May 11, 2017 at the Stadthalle Fürth, Rosenstraße 50, 90762 Fürth (Bavaria), Germany. The Stadthalle Fürth opens at approx. 9:30 hrs, the Annual General Meeting begins at 10:30 hrs.

How do I get to the Annual General Meeting?

By car:

During the Annual General Meeting, the Stadthalle Fürth offers only a limited number of parking spaces. We therefore kindly ask shareholders who intend to travel by car to go to the nearby car park at the “Fürthermare” in Fürth (please follow the signs), where sufficient parking spaces are available. You may then either use one of our shuttle buses from there which will take you directly to the Stadthalle Fürth or enjoy the short walk across the river (approx. 5 minutes). You may, of course, also take a shuttle bus back from the Stadthalle Fürth to the Fürthermare car park at any time.
>> Map and driving instructions
>> Route map

By train/bus:

  • From Nuremberg central train station (“Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof”): take subway line U1 to station “Stadthalle”
  • From Fürth central train station (“Fürth(Bay) Hauptbahnhof”): take subway line U1 to station “Stadthalle” or bus line no. 172 to bus stop “Stadthalle Süd”

by plane:

  • From Nuremberg Airport: take subway line U2 to Nuremberg central train station (“Nürnberg Hauptbahnhof”) and then take subway line U1 to station “Stadthalle”

Who is entitled to participate in the Annual General Meeting?

Every shareholder entered in adidas AG's share register on the day of the Annual General Meeting and who has registered in due time for the Annual General Meeting is entitled to participate. The registration must reach adidas AG by the end of May 4, 2017 (24:00 hrs CEST) either via the Shareholder Portal or at the address specified in the invitation to the Annual General Meeting in the section “Preconditions for participation in the Annual General Meeting and for the exercise of voting rights”. For technical reasons, changes to the entries in the share register, e.g. due to the purchase and/or sale of shares, will not be made after May 4, 2017 (24:00 hrs CEST) (so-called technical record date) until including the day of the Annual General Meeting.

When will I receive the invitation and further documents for the Annual General Meeting?

Shareholders entered in adidas AG's share register will be provided with the invitation as well as the documents for registration in April: a first dispatch will commence on April 12, 2017. This main dispatch can take some days due to the large quantity. A second dispatch is intended on April 27, 2017. Shareholders who are entered in the share register as of April 27, 2017 will not receive a separate invitation to the Annual General Meeting anymore.

Those shareholders who have agreed already to receive the invitation and documents relating to the Annual General Meeting by e-mail, will receive the e-mail with the invitation including the agenda as a pdf file attachment, as well as a link to the Shareholder Portal, at the e-mail address which they stipulated for this purpose.

(See answer to question "I did not receive an invitation to the Annual General Meeting. What shall I do?")

I did not receive an invitation to the Annual General Meeting. What shall I do?

There are various possibilities why you did not receive an invitation to the Annual General Meeting: the purchase of shares either was made after the date of the main dispatch or after the date of the later dispatch of the invitation, or the invitation could not be delivered. Please contact the Annual General Meeting hotline Please contact the Annual General Meeting hotline [calls from Germany (free of charge): 0800 723 6512, calls from abroad (charged): +49 89 30903-6341] and ask for a new invitation to be sent to you (or an entrance ticket to be issued directly if desired) and if necessary, your new correct address to be registered.

Please note: your depositary bank registered you with the share register with the address indicated in the Shareholder Portal. If such address is no longer valid or incorrect, we kindly ask you to notify your local bank/depositary bank in writing of your change of address and request them to forward the corrected data to us.

How and where can I register for the Annual General Meeting?

For participating in the Annual General Meeting and exercising voting rights it is necessary to be entered in the share register as well as to register for the Annual General Meeting in due time. The time period for registration for this year's Annual General Meeting of adidas AG ends on May 4, 2017 (24:00 hrs CEST). The day of receipt of the registration by adidas AG is decisive.

The registration can be sent to the following postal address:

adidas AG
c/o Computershare Operations Center
80249 Munich, Germany

Fax: +49 89 30903-74675
E-mail: anmeldestelle@computershare.de

Please consider the time it takes to deliver mail and send your registration in due time.

For registration you may use the registration form sent to you together with the invitation to the Annual General Meeting.

Can I also register for the Annual General Meeting online?

You can register for the Annual General Meeting electronically by using the Shareholder Portal from April 12, 2017 to May 4, 2017 (24:00 hrs CEST). To access the Shareholder Portal, you will need your shareholder number and the corresponding access password; your’ll find both of these in the documents  which are sent to you together with the invitation to the Annual General Meeting. Shareholders having registered already via the Shareholder Portal use the user ID and the access password which they selected upon registration.

The Shareholder Portal furthermore offers you the possibility to review your shareholder data and to update your e-mail address, telephone number or fax number.

Furthermore you can register via the Shareholder Portal for future electronic delivery of the invitation and the documents pertaining to the Annual General Meeting.

Your depositary bank registered you with the share register with the address indicated in the Shareholder Portal. Please kindly review these details. In case of inaccurate data, please kindly notify your local bank/depositary bank in writing of your change of address and request them to forward the corrected data to us.

By when do I need to order an entrance ticket?

Entrance tickets can be ordered via mail, fax or e-mail by using the registration form which was sent together with the invitation, as well as via the Shareholder Portal reaching adidas AG by May 4, 2017 (24:00 hrs CEST) at the latest. Shareholders can order up to two entrance tickets per depository. Entrance tickets can also be ordered directly for a person authorised by the shareholder. The ordered entrance tickets will be sent out mid April 2017. Via the Shareholder Portal you have the option to directly print out your entrance ticket yourself.

Can I sell my shares before the Annual General Meeting if I have already registered for the Annual General Meeting?

The shares will not be blocked when registering for the Annual General Meeting. Thus, shareholders may continue to dispose of their shares at their discretion even after having registered.

(See also answer to question "Can I attend the Annual General Meeting if I registered in due time but sold my shares before the Annual General Meeting?")

Can I attend the Annual General Meeting if I registered in due time but sold my shares before the Annual General Meeting?

Only shareholders who are entered in the share register on the day of the Annual General Meeting are authorised to participate in the Annual General Meeting and exercise their voting rights.

The shareholding as entered in the share register at the date of the Annual General Meeting will correspond to the entries in the share register based upon requests for changing entries received by adidas AG by May 4, 2017 (24:00 hrs CEST) (so-called technical record date). For technical reasons, requests for changing entries received by adidas AG from that time until the day of the Annual General Meeting (each including) will not be processed; this means that up to and including May 11, 2017, no changes will be made to the entries in the share register. Shareholders whose requests for changing the respective entry in the share register reach adidas AG after May 4, 2017 (24:00 hrs CEST) will thus not be able to participate in the Annual General Meeting and to exercise voting rights deriving from these shares. In such cases, the right to participate in and vote at the Annual General Meeting remains with the shareholder entered in the share register until the change of the entry provided s/he registered for the Annual General Meeting in due time.

If shares are sold by May 4, 2017 and the requests for changing entries are received in time before the technical record date, a corresponding change to the entry will be made. If the seller is thereafter no longer entered in the share register, then s/he is no longer entitled to participate in the Annual General Meeting. Any entrance ticket which had perhaps been issued previously, becomes invalid.

What should I do if I have not received an entrance ticket although I registered for the Annual General Meeting in due time?

If you have not received an entrance ticket despite having registered for participation in due time, you can still attend the Annual General Meeting. If an entrance ticket is issued and merely does not reach you (in due time) by mail, you still remain on the list of shareholders having registered for the Annual General Meeting. Such registration will be verified at the registration counters at the Stadthalle Fürth and, if required, a substitute entrance ticket will be issued entitling you to participation. Please kindly have your ID card or passport available at the registration counter.

If you wish to inform yourself about the status of your registration, please contact the Annual General Meeting hotline [calls from Germany (free of charge): 0800 723 6512, calls from abroad (charged): +49 89 30903-6341].

How can I exercise my voting rights if I have registered for the Annual General Meeting in due time but do not participate in person?

You may authorise a bank, a shareholders’ association or another person of your choice to exercise your voting rights.

Moreover, we offer you the possibility to authorise the proxies appointed by adidas AG to represent you at the Annual General Meeting. When granting a power of representation to the proxies appointed by adidas AG, you must also provide the proxies with instructions on how to exercise your voting rights. The proxies are bound to vote in accordance with your instructions. Without such instructions, the power of representation will be invalid. You may either use the registration form which was sent together with the invitation or the entrance ticket sent to you upon request for granting powers of representation and voting instructions. Instructions for granting those powers may also be found on these forms.

You may also submit a power of representation and voting instructions to the proxies otherwise in text form, to be received by adidas AG by May 10, 2017 (24:00 hrs CEST) at the latest. Via the Shareholder Portal, you may still grant powers of representation and voting instructions to the proxies appointed by adidas AG until the end of the general debate on May 11, 2017. Only such powers of representation and voting instructions which were granted via the Shareholder Portal can still be changed or revoked during the course of the Annual General Meeting until the end of the general debate, subject to the technical availability.

More details on granting powers of representation and voting instructions can be found in the section “Proxy Voting Procedure” in the invitation sent to you as well as on the registration form. The invitation is also available on our website at www.adidas-Group.com/agm.

Can I as a shareholder vote via the internet if I registered for particpation in the Annual General Meeting in due time?

You may change powers of representation and voting instructions granted to the proxies appointed by adidas AG during the course of the Annual General Meeting until the end of the general debate via the Shareholder Portal. Access to the Shareholder Portal is available on our website. For using the Shareholder Portal, you need your shareholder number as well as the respective access password; both of these are sent out together with the documents accompanying the invitation. Shareholders already having registered via the Shareholder Portal use the user ID and the access password which they selected upon registration. More details on granting powers of representation and voting instructions via the Shareholder Portal can be found in the section “Proxy Voting Procedure” in the invitation sent to you as well as on the registration form. The invitation is also available on our website.

I already granted a power of representation and voting instructions to the proxies. However, I would now prefer to attend the Annual General Meeting in person. Is this possible?

Yes. Participating in and voting at the Annual General Meeting in person always has priority. Your power of representation and voting instructions granted to the proxies will be treated as revoked if you register at the registration counters at the Stadthalle Fürth before the end of the general debate of the Annual General Meeting on May 11, 2017.

May I bring someone with me?

Yes. Ideally, you request an additional entrance ticket already when you register to order your own entrance ticket.

I am not a shareholder of adidas AG. Yet, I would like to attend your Annual General Meeting. May I order a guest card?

The Annual General Meeting is the most important annual event of a German stock corporation. In principle, only the shareholders and their representatives participate in this event, discuss issues with the Executive Board and pass resolutions. Ordering a guest card is however generally possible. In this regard, please contact the Annual General Meeting hotline [calls from Germany (free of charge): 0800 723 6512, calls from abroad (charged): +49 89 30903-6341]. However, please understand that we have only a strictly limited amount of guest cards available. You also have the possibility to view the entire Annual General Meeting live via the internet. Access to this webcast will be provided on May 11, 2017 on our website.

Is there a live webcast of the Annual General Meeting?

Yes, we provide a live webcast of the entire Annual General Meeting. This webcast, which will be available on the day of the Annual General Meeting on our website, will be accessible for all shareholders and the interested public (no password required). Information on required software and further technical information can be found on this website under “Technical Information”. In case you are not able to follow the live webcast, you will have the possibility to view the archived video of the Chief Executive Officer's speech after the Annual General Meeting. The voting results will be published on the website after the Annual General Meeting as well.

In which language will the Annual General Meeting be held?

All statements of the members of the Executive Board as well as of the Supervisory Board are made in either German or English and are interpreted simultaneously. At the Stadthalle Fürth, we will therefore have headsets available for you for listening to the simultaneous interpretation into German and English. The internet webcast of the Annual General Meeting will be available in German and English.

I do not wish to stay at the Stadthalle Fürth until the end of the Annual General Meeting. What should I be aware of?

You can leave the Annual General Meeting at any time either temporarily or permanently. Details on the further procedure are contained in the voting card block and in the “Information Leaflet for Shareholders and Proxies”. Both of these will be handed out to you at the registration counters on the day of the Annual General Meeting at the Stadthalle Fürth.

What is the amount of dividend proposed for the 2015 financial year?

A dividend of € 2.00 per dividend-entitled share will be proposed to the Annual General Meeting. The total amount of the dividend is € 402,312,192.00, taking into consideration the 8,060,090 treasury shares held by adidas AG (as at March 21, 2017), which are not entitled to dividend.

Will the dividend increase through further share buybacks carried out by adidas AG before the Annual General Meeting?

No. In such cases, the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board will submit to the Annual General Meeting an accordingly modified proposal for the appropriation of the retained earnings with the dividend remaining unchanged at € 2.00 per dividend-entitled share.

When will the dividend be paid and when is the ex dividend date?

Subject to the Annual General Meeting's approval, the dividend is payable on the third banking day following the Annual General Meeting (pursuant to § 58 section 4 sentence 2 of the German Stock Corporation Act); it will thus be paid on May 16, 2017.

Subject to the Annual General Meeting's approval, the shares are quoted "ex dividend" on the first business day following the Annual General Meeting, i.e. on May 12, 2017.

By when do I need to have purchased adidas AG shares to be entitled to a dividend?

You are entitled to a dividend payment based on the number of adidas AG shares held in your account on the day of the Annual General Meeting (May 11, 2017; at the close of the business day) at which the proposed dividend is resolved upon.

What was the dividend amount in previous years and when was the respective pay-out?

An overview of the dividend amounts and pay-out dates since the financial year 2006 can be found here >>

When and where will the 2018 Annual General Meeting be held?

The 2018 Annual General Meeting will be held on May 9, 2018 at the Stadthalle Fürth, Fürth/Bavaria, Germany. Details will be announced on the Company's website in due time.

Corporate Governance

What is Corporate Governance?

Very generally speaking, corporate governance is the sum total of all the national and international regulations, rules, values and principles that apply for companies and determine how these are managed and monitored. You can get more information here.

Good corporate governance provides for responsible and transparent company management and monitoring, orientated towards a sustainable increase in value. Responsible cooperation between the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board, protection of shareholders' interests, transparent corporate communication and appropriate risk management are all attributes of good corporate governance.  

In Germany, the principles of corporate governance are set out in what is known as the German Corporate Governance Code.

What does the German Corporate Governance Code include?

The German Corporate Governance Code (the “Code”) is a guideline compiled by a German government commission, consisting of recommendations and suggestions for good corporate governance. It was adopted on February 26, 2002 and is subjected to the government commission's review every year. Since first being published, the Code has been regularly adapted in response to ongoing developments in the worldwide corporate governance discussion.

Naturally, the Code cannot regulate every subject in detail; rather, it provides a framework to be filled in by each company individually.

The Code aims to make the German corporate governance system transparent and comprehensible, thereby boosting the confidence of national and international shareholders, customers, employees and the public regarding the management and monitoring of German companies.  

Is there a Declaration of Compliance on behalf of adidas AG?

Pursuant to § 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz – AktG), the Executive and Supervisory Boards of a publicly listed German company are obligated to publish an annual declaration, stating whether the company was and will be in compliance with the recommendations and suggestions of the “Government Commission on the German Corporate Governance Code” as published by the Federal Ministry of Justice in the official section of the Federal Gazette. This declaration must also state which recommendations were not or are not applied, and why not.

The Executive Board and the Supervisory Board of adidas AG issue an annual Declaration of Compliance pursuant to § 161 of the German Stock Corporation Act. The current Declaration of Compliance was issued on February 13, 2017. The Declaration of Compliance is permanently available on the Company's website, and can also be found in the Annual Report as part of the Corporate Governance Report including the Declaration on Corporate Governance.

 

How does adidas report on the subject of Corporate Governance?

Regarding corporate governance at adidas and pursuant to § 3.10 of the German Corporate Governance Code, the Executive Board and Supervisory Board issue a joint annual Corporate Governance Report including the Declaration on Corporate Governance, which is part of the Annual Report. This Report also includes statements on the Code's suggestions. For further information check our website under “Corporate Governance”, where you'll also find the complete Corporate Governance Report including the Declaration on Corporate Governance as well as the Compensation Report.

Does adidas AG publish the compensation of Executive Board and Supervisory Board members?

In the Compensation Report, the compensation of Executive and Supervisory Board members is disclosed individually and divided into compensation components. The Compensation Report is published both in the Annual Report and online.

How are the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board comprised?

The Executive Board of adidas AG currently consists of six members. The Supervisory Board of adidas AG consists of 16 members; specifically, in accordance with the German Co-Determination Act (Mitbestimmungsgesetz – MitBestG), eight shareholder representatives and eight employee representatives.

What are the working methods of the Executive Board and the Supervisory Board?

In accordance with German stock corporation regulations, adidas AG has a dual board system which assigns the management of the company to the Executive Board, while the Supervisory Board is responsible for advising and supervising the Executive Board. These two boards are strictly separated in terms of membership and areas of authority; however, they work closely together for the benefit of the Company. Their responsibilities, areas of authority, and the requirements for holding meetings and for passing resolutions are regulated in adidas AG's Articles of Association as well as in the boards' respective Rules of Procedure. You can read more about the working methods of the Executive and Supervisory Boards of adidas AG in the Corporate Governance Report including the Declaration on Corporate Governance. This is published both in the Annual Report and online.

 

What are the composition and working methods of the Supervisory Board?

In order to handle complex issues and to increase its efficiency, the Supervisory Board of adidas AG has established the following six permanent expert committees:

  • Steering Committee
  • General Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Finance and Investment Committee
  • Nomination Committee
  • Mediation Committee

Further committees may be formed as necessary. The composition of the committees and their respective tasks can be found on our website.

The working methods of the Supervisory Board and of its committees are discussed in the Supervisory Board Report. This is published both in the Annual Report and online.

 

 

Does the Supervisory Board regularly monitor its own efficiency?

Every other year, the Supervisory Board and the Audit Committee of adidas AG examine the efficiency of their actions by means of questionnaires that cover the various areas and criteria of their work. These questionnaires are evaluated by an external consultant who presents the results to the Supervisory Board or the Audit Committee respectively, and then discusses the findings with them.

Further information on the Efficiency Examination is available in the Corporate Governance Report including the Declaration on Corporate Governance and in the Supervisory Board Report, which are published both in the Annual Report and online.

Information for students

I’m a student doing a presentation/project work/a paper about adidas.

WHERE CAN I FIND INFORMATION ABOUT …

            a) … the company

Please go to the adidas company profile to find out more about the company itself. Get to know our Executive and Supervisory Boards and find out about the company’s strategic approach. Furthermore, you can see where our headquarters are located and where adidas employees are working worldwide.

To find out more about the adidas AG from an employee perspective, visit our blog Gameplan-A.com.    

            b) … the history

All information about our founder Adi Dassler and the development of adidas into one of the most important companies in the sporting goods industry is summarised in the history section.

            c) … the brands

adidas and Reebok are the two main brands belonging to the adidas AG. Click on the different brand sections to get a better impression of what they stand for.

            d) … products and campaigns

Please find detailed overviews and descriptions about all our products on the brand websites:

www.adidas.com

www.reebok.com

e) … production processes and sustainability approach

Please, visit the SEA section of this website if you want to find out more about how we manage sustainabilitymanufacture our products or select our partners.

 

WHERE CAN I FIND MULTIMEDIA MATERIAL TO VISUALISE, FOR EXAMPLE …

a) … logos and corporate imagery

Please see our Multimedia Centre in the Media section of this website.

b) …  campaigns and product pictures and videos

For local imagery and download links, please visit news.adidas.com or news.reebok.com to find detailed brand and product pictures.

I would like to complete an internship within the adidas AG

Please refer to the Careers section on this website or careers.adidas-group.com. Here you will also find an Internship section where you will find all information about our internship programme. However, please keep in mind that you need to be actively enrolled in an undergraduate programme for the duration of the internship.

I would like to complete an internship at one of the company's subsidiaries worldwide.

If you want to do an internship somewhere other than at the adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany, please apply directly to the subsidiary of the country you are interested in. You can select the country in the search jobs application in the Careers section of our website.

I would like to write my thesis with adidas.

Once you have completed a successful internship with us, it is possible to write a thesis in cooperation with the person supervising your work placement.

What job opportunities does adidas offer for graduates?

adidas offers a variety of jobs for graduates. There are some unique programmes and valuable resources that will fit your aspirations today and take your career even higher in the future. See the Careers section of our website for details. The Functional Trainee Programme (FTP) offers you insights into different departments of your preferred function. Please visit the Careers section of this website to see how to apply. Under Students & Grads you will find all information and open positions for our trainee programmes.

I’m just about to finish school. Are there any job opportunities for me at adidas?

At the adidas headquarters in Herzogenaurach, we offer an apprenticeship programme which has been developed especially for top secondary school candidates. Additionally, our Dual Study Programme in Herzogenaurach is geared towards the brightest high school graduates. Check our Careers website to see whether any of these opportunities are suitable for you.