Today is the launch of Performance Counts: 2011 Sustainability Progress Report. The word ‘progress’ is key to understanding our approach this year: by focusing on our performance on the path to achieving our 2015 targets, the report assesses the progress we have made towards becoming a more sustainable company. It takes a close look at the milestones we set ourselves for 2011 and how we have done.
According to our CEOThe Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a company is the highest-ranking corporate officer and in charge of total management of an organisation. Herbert Hainer and in addition to reviewing our progress for ourselves “we also want to meet society’s evolving expectations of business practices. These include our responsibilities towards our employees, the people who make our products, the environment and the communities where we operate”. Therefor one of this report’s goals is to further improve transparency. Being open builds trust and we have nothing to hide.
In my role as an External Communication Manager for the adidas Group’s Social and Environmental Affairs team I have spent many hours in the last weeks and months setting up and assembling the 2011 Sustainability Progress Report. To make the report as comprehensive and insightful as it is many employees from all different departments within the company had to contribute. These colleagues’ dedication and passion showed me one more time that Sustainability really matters to the adidas Group. Now I’m really excited to receive feedback from you and my colleagues. Please feel welcome to leave a comment about what you think about the report below this post.
As the report is addressing first and foremost sustainability experts, let me share a couple of highlights already here and now. In addition to that the re-structured sustainability website will give you a nice overview of our activities and initiatives. So here are the highlights:
Did you know that…?
- We publish a list of all our suppliers who are making products for the London 2012 Olympic Games. Over 90% of adidas Games products and 100% of Volunteer uniforms contain sustainable components.
- Our direct suppliers are improving their performance in complying with our Workplace StandardsThe Workplace Standards are the adidas Group’s supply chain code of conduct containing rules we apply at our own sites and our suppliers' factories to cover health and safety, labour rights and environmental protection. They are our most important tool for selecting and keeping business partners who follow fair business practices; they also help us to identify problems and risks early on and support us in addressing them together with our business partners. The Workplace Standards are a contractual obligation under the manufacturing agreements the adidas Group signs with its main business partners. – and we can measure the difference year-to-year.
- We are at the forefront of developing an industry-wide system to measure the overall sustainability credentials of apparel products and nearly 20 products from adidas, Reebok and Rockport were tested in a pilot exercise.
- 10 adidas Group major sites operate certified environmental management systems, including the adidas Group Headquarters in Germany.
- We want to see more women in leadership positions in the company and to get there, we are looking to increase the number of women in management development training courses this year.