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Reporting Approach

We recognize our responsibility to be accountable to all of our stakeholders, which involves regular and open reporting of our social and environmental performance.


The sustainability section of our corporate website has been developed for all of our stakeholders that may have an interest in how adidas manages sustainability issues. While some of them expect us to be focused on their specific areas of concern, others wish to obtain a broad overview of our work. To satisfy as many interest groups as possible the website aims to provide a complete outline of our work including performance data but also remains fact-based and succinct. In some instances, the reader is directed to other web pages and adidas reports for more information.

This sustainability website section is where we provide information about adidas' sustainability goals, strategy, programs and performance. The sustainability section:

  • Focuses on what is most material for us and for our stakeholders;
  • Supplies facts and figures about the key pillars of our program: protecting workers in the supply chain, developing our employees, contributing to local communities, and driving environmental progress;
  • Discloses information about how we put our sustainability program into practice through guidelines, operating procedures and corporate policies;
  • Provides news about developments or changes in our programs;
  • Publishes statements in different places that respond to stakeholder requests that have become of public interest;
  • Archives data from previous years that allows readers to track our sustainability record and history;
  • Includes links to other sections of our corporate website and to external websites where additional information can be found.


Since full year 2000, adidas has published an annual sustainability report, highlighting the progress made toward targets set. As of full year 2017 reporting, for the first time, adidas combines its financial and non-financial information in one combined publication, the 2017 Annual Report. In addition, we continue to keep you informed about relevant updates on our work on our corporate website.


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. The guidelines enable all organizations to measure and report their economic, environmental, social and governance performance – the four key areas of sustainability.

We use the GRI guidelines to inform our reporting. Information on our website and in our Annual Report contribute to meeting the GRI G4 (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.




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. The Green Company Reports complements our global reporting approach and provides in-depth details of our on-site environmental management. 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 programme 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.