Since 2010, the adidas Group has had a partnership with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), a non-profit organization which works to solve the most critical environmental problems facing the planet. As part of this partnership, trained MBA students work with the adidas Group to evaluate energy efficiency opportunities in facilities and operations.
My name is Elizabeth and I was the first fellow that worked with the adidas Group. I was then recruited to join full time in 2011. I am excited to announce that I have been invited to share the highlights of our engagement with EDF Climate Corps Fellows on an upcoming GreenBiz.com webinar on January 22.
When I joined the adidas Group Retail team, the only retail experience I had was from the long shopping marathons I ran in the high streets of several cities.
With a network of more than 2,400 own retail stores, the adidas Group is on its way to becoming one of the top retailers in the world. Getting to know the different aspects of this huge and dynamic business is not an easy task…
After attending introduction meetings, listening to presentations and reading many reports, my boss asked me: ”Would you like to spend a week in one of our retail stores?” -“Wow,” I thought, -“this is probably the quickest and most effective way to understand what retail stands for at the adidas Group!” And, without hesitation, I applied for the ‘One Week in A Store’ Program.
To shine means “to be bright or to reflect light”. For us, SHINE is about how we recruit, enable, motivate, evaluate and develop retail talent. It is a framework that provides our employees with career opportunities, development guidance and robust training programs to help them build their future—or “shine”—in retail with the adidas Group.
SHINE is arguably the most comprehensive framework driving human performance at work ever built in the company. Since its launch in the fall of 2010, SHINE has touched thousands of employees (over half of the entire adidas Group) in all our stores around the world. And it’s making an impact!
In Parts I and II of the International Mobility series, we showcased the diversity of our international employee population and provided insight into benefits offered to relocating employees to ensure the move is as stress-free as possible.
To wrap up this series, we thought it would make sense to share with you how it is possible to live and work abroad with the adidas Group. Currently, we have almost 700 employees exploring a whole new location with the company, who are either on a short-term assignment or have transferred to a second office – actually we have a good few who have worked in three, four and even five locations! But we do hire employees from abroad externally as well, as you can see below.
Isn’t it fantastic if you can continue focusing on the same things at work that you learned and liked at university and those activities you are passionate about in your leisure time? I presume no one would negate this question. I am one of the fortunate chaps for whom things are going exactly the way they were envisioned. Are you curious what I am doing and how I got there? Okay, let me recap how everything started.