Being committed to transparency and public disclosure, adidas is one of the very few companies in the industry that fully discloses its global factory lists and publishes detailed information including name and location of suppliers by country about its primary suppliers, subcontractors, licensees, as well as suppliers where the majority of wet processes are carried out.
The data presented in our disclosure comes from an industry leading website, the Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC). The accuracy of the lists is heavily dependent on the disclosure provided to us by our primary suppliers, who have the direct relationship with these factories. While we have stable business relationships with many of our major manufacturing partners that extend over many years, we do see a degree of factory turnover throughout each year. So the factory list always describes the current status of our active business relationships at the date mentioned. Like any large database fed by several business entities, errors can creep in, through incorrect data entries, improper designations (active, deactivated, terminated, etc.) or tardy updates. To eliminate these errors, we strive to keep the disclosure of our primary suppliers, subcontractors and licensees as current as possible by updating the list twice a year. adidas runs a data cleansing exercise, to cross-check the entries and their accuracy.
If a reader has a query on a specific supplier factory and wants to know whether it is currently making goods for adidas, please feel free to write to us and we will confirm its status. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.