Our reporting covers all brands of the company and our own facilities in all countries where we operate. It also refers at length to the activities of our suppliers - both those with whom adidas has a direct contractual relationship (direct supply chain) and those whose contracts are with individual business units, agents or licensees (indirect supply chain). Any variations in scope or boundary, where relevant, are itemised for specific data sets in the sustainability performance data section or annual Green Company Reports which complement our global reporting approach and provide in-depth details of our on-site environmental management (see blow). There have been no major changes in our reporting approach compared to the previous year.
Reliable performance data is important. It allows us to review our progress and plan our next steps. By publishing that data we invite our stakeholders to form their own view about our performance. Since 2006, the supply chain-related data management for our program had been managed on the Fair Factories Clearinghouse (FFC) platform. We use that data to develop critical statements and to report multiple internal and external stakeholders. A selected group of administration offices, manufaturing sites and distribution centres of adidas report their environmental data on an annual basis. This data is presented in the Green Company Reports.
Founded in 1997, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a non-profit organisation that works towards a sustainable global economy by providing sustainability reporting guidance. The GRI has pioneered and developed a comprehensive sustainability reporting guidelines that are widely used and regonized as international benchmark around the world. We use the GRI guidelines to inform our reporting. Information on our website and in our Annual Report contribute to meeting the GRI Standard (option 'Core') requirements. This allows us to keep our reporting succinct and focused on performance and progress while qualitative information is reported on the corporate website.