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In 2010, the adidas Group announced its Environmental Strategy. As part of it, the Green Company Programme was initiated; since then, we have been working hard to embed environmental best practice in everything we do and to maximise environmental efficiency gains, with the intention of becoming a zero-emission company. We know though that we are not the only ones out there that have committed to more sustainable practices – our partners have also embarked in similar journeys to find ways to drive growth, efficiency and profit through sustainability. And now, one of our biggest sock suppliers and long-term partner Gelal has been LEED certified at Gold level! Read on to find out more about this international recognition.

Gelal Cankiri has been certified at Gold level by LEED

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Gelal Corap San. ve Tic. A.S. in Turkey (Gelal) has always invested and continues to invest in improving management systems for labour, health and safety, and environment. Currently employing 1,200 workers, Gelal has proven to be an industrial leader in sustainable manufacturing.

Now, their newly built manufacturing unit has been LEED certified – Gold level! – the first manufacturer of this size in their sector to achieve this tremendous result!

Fully isolated piping

For those who do not know, LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. It provides verification that a building was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving everything from energy savings and water efficiency to CO2 emissions and indoor environmental quality. The number of points the project earns determines the level of LEED certification the building receives: LEED certification is available in four levels Certified, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

Always striving to become more sustainable

The first Manufacturing Unit located in Istanbul, Turkey

The first Manufacturing Unit located in Istanbul, Turkey.

Participation in the voluntary LEED process demonstrates leadership, innovation, environmental stewardship and social responsibility. LEED-certified buildings are designed to lower operating costs; reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, be healthier and safer for occupants and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

We are therefore very proud to be partnering with Gelal, and we cannot wait to see this new manufacturing unit operate at its full capacity: up to 100 million pairs of socks annually, and employing more than 1,200 people from the region when completed.

Well done, and go green!