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Awards and Recognition

Feedback and positive recognition is important to us.

We value feedback from our stakeholders about our programme and we appreciate positive recognition from international institutions and rating agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and socially responsible investment (SRI) analysts. These organisations evaluate our work through in-depth analysis of the company’s social and environmental programme, including document review and interviews with employees and management. The following awards demonstrate external recognition and acknowledgement of adidas' sustainability initiatives worldwide.



In September 2018, for the 19th year in a row, adidas has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), which evaluate the sustainability performance of the largest 2,500 companies listed in the Dow Jones Global Total Stock Market Index. In the “Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods Industry”, adidas was rated as industry leader in corporate economic, environmental and social dimensions. Furthermore, the company was rated industry best in seven criteria: Innovation Management, Materiality, Supply Chain Management, Human Rights, Environmental Policy and Management Systems, Operational Eco-Efficiency, Social Reporting.

The indices serve as benchmarks for investors who integrate sustainability considerations into their portfolios, and provide an effective engagement platform for companies who want to adopt sustainable best practices. The annual review of the DJSI family is based on a thorough analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, branding, climate change mitigation, supply chain standards and labour practices.

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As of December 2017, adidas remains a constituent of MSCI Global Sustainability Indices and the MSCI Global SRI Indices.

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As of June 2018, adidas AG is once again included in the STOXX Global ESG Leaders indices. The index family is made up of three specialised indices for the categories environmental, social and governance, and one broad index which sums up the specialised indexes. These indexes are: STOXX Global ESG Environmental Leaders, STOXX® Global ESG Social Leaders, STOXX Global ESG Governance Leaders and STOXX® Global ESG Leaders. The index family is based on relevant key performance indicators (KPIs) provided by the index partner Sustainalytics, a leading global provider of ESG research and analysis.

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In July 2018, adidas was again included in the FTSE4Good Index. FTSE Russell (the trading name of FTSE International Limited and Frank Russell Company) confirms that adidas has been independently assessed according to the FTSE4Good criteria, and has satisfied the requirements to become a constituent of the FTSE4Good Index Series. Created by the global index provider FTSE Russell, the FTSE4Good Index Series is designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. The FTSE4Good indices are used by a wide variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds and other products

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As of June 2018, adidas AG is maintained in the Vigeo Eiris Euronext index Eurozone120 (the 120 most advanced companies in the Eurozone region). Vigeo Eiris’ indices are composed of the highest-ranking listed companies as evaluated by the agency in terms of their performance in corporate responsibility. Selected companies have achieved the highest ratings in their reference universe. Ratings are weighted and reflect the company’s performance with regards to the set of risks Vigeo Eiris defines and evaluates to assess and measure corporate responsibility.

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In March 2018, adidas AG has been reconfirmed as a constituent of the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Europe and the Ethibel Sustainability Index (ESI) Excellence Global. The Ethibel Sustainability Indices (ESI Excellence Europe ‎& ESI Excellence Global) are composed of companies belonging to the Ethibel Register based on a best-in-class approach combined with ethical exclusion criteria.

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ECPI Indices

In December 2017, adidas AG has again been included in the ECPI Indices. 

ECPI is dedicated to environmental, social and governance (ESG) research and index development, calculation and publication. ECPI offers a wide range of ESG indices built using its proprietary ESG Rating Methodology (positive screening) and controversial sector exclusion (negative screening).

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We annually report our CO2 emissions and water consumption reduction targets and strategies to achieve these targets via CDP, which is an independent not-for-profit organisation that holds the largest collection globally of self-reported climate change data. On a voluntary basis, CDP requests information on CO2 emissions, reduction targets, risks and opportunities of climate change from the world’s largest companies on behalf of 722 institutional investor signatories. The information provided is evaluated and published by CDP to increase transparency around climate-related investment risk and commercial opportunity, and to drive investments towards a low-carbon economy.

In 2017, adidas again responded to the CDP Climate Change questionnaire and was awarded with a 'B score' in the category "Consumer Discretionary". This good result signals that the company is taking further steps to effectively reduce its emissions, indicating more advanced environmental stewardship by measruing and managing its impact. In addition, adidas responded to the CDP Water programme. For the second year in a row, the company reported about its water reduction targets and strategies to achieve these targets and was awarded with a 'A- Leadership' rating. The excellent result shows that the company has implemented a range of best practice actions to manage water and mitigate water risk, both in its own operations and beyond them.

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global 100 most sustainable corporationS worldwide ('global 100 index')

In January 2017, adidas was listed in the 'Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World' for the 13th consecutive time, and recognised as leader in its industry. This was announced by Corporate Knights, a Toronto-based media and investment advisory company, during the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The 'Global 100 Index' is an annual project initiated by Corporate Knights. The media arm publishes Corporate Knights Magazine, the world’s largest circulating magazine focused on responsible business. The investment advisory arm, Corporate Knights Capital, builds indexing solutions and market-beating portfolios for institutional clients. Launched in 2005, the 'Global 100 Index' is announced each year at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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In 1999, adidas joined the Fair Labor Association (FLA), a non-profit multi-stakeholder coalition of private corporations, non-governmental organisations and universities. As a member, adidas is subject to external monitoring by independent monitors, participation in the FLA third-party complaint system and public reporting. In 2017, for the third time, the company received accreditation for its social supply chain programme by the FLA. Our programme was first accredited by the FLA in 2005, then reaccredited in 2008.

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Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

adidas was selected for inclusion in the 2016 Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB) pilot in which we ranked second in the Apparel sector, and fifth in the overall ranking out of 98 corporations in total. The CHRB rates the top 500 globally listed companies on their human rights policy, process, and performance. We will be using the results of the benchmark to identify gaps and areas for improvement in our human rights work.

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In 2016, the KnowTheChain evaluation of forced labour in the global Apparel and Footwear sector was released. Among the twenty companies selected for evaluation, adidas ranked first in the sector due to our best practices, including strong disclosure and supply chain risk mapping. The result was also based on our Modern Slavery Outreach Programme, launched in 2016, as well as our published call to non-profit groups and other companies to join us in tackling modern slavery issues in high-risk countries.

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In November 2017, adidas was announced as the overall winner of the second Thomson Reuters Foundation Stop Slavery Award in London. The award celebrates businesses that excel in identifying, investigating and rooting out forced labour from their supply chains. adidas was praised for its transparent audits, strong responsible sourcing guidelines and robust tools to trace higher-risk supply chains.

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As part of a project called "Sustainable Retail Company 2011", the VERBRAUCHER INITIATIVE e.V. (a federal consumer association) awarded adidas the silver medal. The project, which was supported by the Federal Environment Ministry and the Federal Environment Agency, assessed the social and environmental activities of the retail business in a comprehensive and cross-sectoral way. The survey (developed by Öko-Institut e.V.) included industry-specific questions related to the sustainable engagement of companies along their supply chain, from the production of raw materials to transport and waste disposal. Further information is available at (in German only).


In a running shoe test by nine leading European consumer organisations, adidas was rated first for managing corporate responsibility issues. Under the leadership of the International Consumer Research & Testing (ICRT) organisation, nine European consumer organisations – including the German consumer organisation STIFTUNG WARENTEST – carried out a comprehensive research project into the social and environmental production context of running shoes from different brands, including adidas and Reebok.

The excellent rating of adidas related to labour, health, safety and environmental conditions in the manufacturing process is the result of an in-depth evaluation by ICRT and the independent monitoring organisation ENGAGED which reveals the consistent performance of adidas and its suppliers.

In 2005, our monitoring programme was among the first to receive FLA accreditation. The accreditation signifies that we are in substantial compliance with FLA requirements to implement a rigorous workplace code of conduct in factories making our products. Re-accredited in October 2008, the company’s next accreditation is planned for 2017.

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In June 2007, Frank Henke received a B.A.U.M. Environmental Award on behalf of adidas. His personal contribution and adidas’ commitment to improve the social and environmental conditions in its international supply chain were given special mention. The award is granted only to citizens who have been working extensively towards better environmental protection and who deal with social issues and sustainable development.

B.A.U.M. was founded in 1984 by a group of German entrepreneurs who wanted to support each other in implementing environmental management within their companies. Since then, more than 500 companies as well as non-profit organisations, institutions and individuals have become members of B.A.U.M. Today B.A.U.M. is the European business community's largest environmental initiative.

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Before the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ in Germany, the adidas +Teamgeist match ball obtained the best rating of all ball products tested by the German consumer organisation STIFTUNG WARENTEST. Our +Teamgeist match ball was chosen not only for its functionality, quality and material safety but also for the suppliers’ working conditions and the overall CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) performance of adidas.

STIFTUNG WARENTEST has been assessing the social and environmental performance of companies in product manufacturing since 2004. During the evaluation process we provided detailed CSR information about the company’s social and environmental programmes and initiatives, the products and the supplier sites. Part of the rating approach was the external validation and verification of information we submitted. Verification audits were conducted at the two supplier sites in Thailand and Pakistan, following a verification visit to our Headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany.

More information about STIFTUNG WARENTEST.


adidas is voted one of the Top Employers in Germany by "karriere" magazine. The overall ranking, which was conducted by the Corporate Research Foundation, listed adidas AG as number six in the list of Top Employers in Germany. In the category  "Job Security", adidas AG came a close second; in the category "Market Leader", adidas ranked third.

Also in 2006, we ranked second in a list of the 100 most attractive employers for business students according to “The European Student Barometer”, a survey of university students across 14 European countries.

2005 – environmental manager OF THE YEAR

The World Wide Fund for Nature Germany (WWF) and German business magazine Capital named adidas' CEO Herbert Hainer "Ökomanager des Jahres" (Environmental Manager of the Year). The jury valued the company’s efforts in improving the ecological and social conditions in the factories producing its products.


The German Chamber of Public Accountants awarded the "Best sustainability reporting" prize to the adidas for its 2002 and 2004 social and environmental reports. The jury especially emphasised the consistently high quality of the sustainability reports and the proactive management of specific issues.