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Adidas ranks third in world’s 100 most sustainable companies

The adidas Group was recognised as best European company and as leader in its industry, during the World Economic Forum in Davos.

23rd January 2015

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Herzogenaurach

Sustainable, Sports/​Outdoor, Clothing/​Footwear

The results were announced this week by Corporate Knights, a Toronto based media and investment advisory company, during the World Economic Forum in Davos. The adidas Group was recognised as best European company by Corporate Knights and as leader in its industry.

“We are absolutely excited about the recognition our sustainability efforts are receiving. The nomination as one of the world's most sustainable companies underlines the great work our teams have been doing over the last years and the positive impact we have made. Through our work, we will continue to push boundaries as we strive to lead the way towards a sustainable future for our company and the entire industry,” commented Herbert Hainer, adidas Group CEO.

Global 100 Index

The Global 100 Index is one of the most extensive data driven corporate sustainability assessments in existence and is based on quantitative sustainability indicators covering economic, environmental as well as social aspects. The adidas Group has been listed in the Global 100 Index for several years, ranking eighth in 2014.

Companies named to the Global 100 index are the top overall sustainability performers in their respective industrial sectors. Listed companies must have a market capitalization greater than US 2 billion (USD).

Approach to sustainability

With a special focus on performance, integrity, and diversity, the adidas Group's sustainability strategy is built on the achievements and learnings from previous years, while taking into account the societal landscape and future global trends, the company reports.

The four pillars of the adidas Group's strategy are:

  • People: The company aims to positively influence the lives of its employees, factory workers, and people living in the communities where a Group has a business presence.
  • Product: The Group’s goal is creating new products through innovation, and an increased use of more sustainable materials and efficiencies.
  • Planet: adidas aims to reduce the environmental footprint of both its own operations and its suppliers’ factories.
  • Partnership: The company engages with critical stakeholders and collaborates with partners to improve the industry.


The adidas Group is a global leader in the sporting goods industry, offering a broad portfolio of footwear, apparel and hardware for sport and lifestyle around the core brands adidas, Reebok, TaylorMade and Reebok-CCM Hockey.

Headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany, the Group employs more than 50,000 people across the globe and generated sales of EUR 14.5 billion in 2013.

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