To strengthen our Sustainable Development network, “OPM SD” week

In July 2017, Sustainable Development in Production Managers met in China. Nearly 40 teammates from Vietnam, Taiwan, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Africa, India, China, and France met for OPM87 Sustainable Development Week.

The goal of this event was to continue to strengthen a solid and united international Sustainable Development network. The participants used this time to learn, share best practices and to discuss the difficulties they experience day to day.

These annual encounters are remarkably productive thanks to the cultural diversity of the network’s members and the real-world experience and insights they provide.

People First : an inspiring event focused on human impacts

One of the roles of the Sustainable Development Team is to build collective awareness so that employees can make a difference individually, at their own level. The People First event was held in 2017 to present and share information about the corporate social responsibility challenges facing the company. Nearly 150 participants discovered projects presented by speakers from within and outside the company:

– Francesca Bonelli of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees spoke to participants about the challenges created by migration, in particular a heightened risk of forced labour.

The organisation BSR presented HERproject, which aims to develop the potential of women working throughout global supply chains. This might be, for example, through programmes in the workplace to promote healthcare, financial inclusion and gender equality.

Decathlon teammates also had an opportunity to present projects with a human impact and achievements that they contributed to: sport lessons in Indian schools led by Hubli shop teammates, corporate responsibility initiatives at the Kipstadium site, etc.