Adidas Environmental Impact

Adidas started posting their sustainability reports starting fully in the year 2000. According to their website, they do this in order to better their company’s environmental impact. In this blog, we sifted through their sustainability report to see what the results have been for the past 19 years.

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Sustainability 2000-2004

At the end of 2004, Adidas had met its goals for the environment. They reduced their overall electricity consumption by 5%. They reduced their solvent emissions by 50% to 25/g pair of shoes. They held seminars for international trainees on environmentally-relevant subjects. Overall, it seems as though they were attempting to cover all their bases at that point.

Sustainability 2005-2009

In the year 2008, Adidas started a green company initiative. Their initiative was aimed to bring all their environmental initiatives together to make their decisions more lucrative. The Green Company was meant to maximise environmental efficiency gains. At this point they had had a full year of this action plan. They conducted environmental assessments at their major administrative sites to start. Their facilities director had said that the Green Company had given all their initiatives a real boost.

Sustainability 2010-2014

In 2014, Adidas entered into a strategic partnership with bluesign technologies, who is the leading provider of assessment tools for positive chemistry, in order to further drive their sustainable solutions. During that year, with their new partnership, they came very close to becoming 99% PFC-free in their products. As of 2014, they were 90% PFC-free. PFCs are chemical substances found in many manufactured products and largely in shoe companies because they are good for making sportswear waterproof and dirt-repellent. In Adidas Brazil, they launched Sustainable Footprint in 2012. Sustainable Footprint is a voluntary recycling program. When a customer in Brazil donates an old pair of shoes, they receive a discount on a new pair and their old pair is recycled to be used in the cement industry to produce local energy.

Sustainability 2015-2019

According to their 2016 sustainability progress report, they have a lot of goals for the year 2020. In 2020, they plan to reduce their energy and water by 20% at their strategic suppliers. They were looking to replace their conventional cotton in their products with 100% sustainable cotton by 2018. They were also looking to reduce their water intake at their apparel material suppliers by 50% and have a 75% paper reduction per employee at their own sites.



In conclusion, Adidas is always working towards being a more environmentally-friendly company and it shows in their sustainability reports and their actions. Adidas is covering all their bases in conservation and impact on the environment. If you have any questions or comments about this article, feel free to contact us on our website.