Supply Chain Innovation

adidas Assessment for Reaccreditation, October 2017

Publication date: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
A worker in Indonesia inspects the adidas Samba shoe.

On October 4th, 2017, the FLA Board of Directors voted to approve the reaccreditation of adidas' labor compliance program.

When joining the FLA, Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers commit to implementing the FLA Workplace Code of Conduct, which aims to ensure “respectful and ethical treatment of workers” and “promotes sustainable conditions through which workers earn fair wages in safe and healthy workplaces.” The Principles of Fair Labor and Responsible Sourcing / Production serve as the standards upon which Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers are assessed towards an accreditation of their labor compliance program.

Participating Companies and Participating Suppliers with accredited compliance programs have demonstrated that they have the systems and procedures in place needed to successfully uphold fair labor standards throughout their supply chains.  In assessing for reaccreditation, the FLA looks for continued implementation of the workplace standards and focuses on key components that support the FLA’s mission to improve workers’ lives worldwide, focusing on implementation of responsible purchasing practices, civil society engagement, remediation efforts, and program innovations. 

The adidas reaccreditation covers the period from 2009 to 2017.  In 2017, adidas included 475 applicable facilities in 42 countries in the FLA program.  While the FLA does not require subcontractors to be disclosed, adidas has included its subcontractors within their scope of FLA affiliation for SCI assessments.  The top sourcing coutries for adidas are China (112 facilities), Vietnam (59 facilities), and Indonesia (44 facilities).   From 2009 to 2017, adidas received 41 factory-level assessments, and received four SCI verifications, to assess for factory-level improvements, in 2017.  The FLA also conducted one headquarter assessment and one field observation of adidas' monitoring program as part of the reaccreditation.

The full reaccreditation report below includes commendation for adidas' strengths, including its advanced mobile SMS technology for workers to submit grievances, collaboration with other brands to address labor violations in shared suppliers, and supply chain mapping beyond the first tier in an effort to address labor violations throughout the adidas supply chain.

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