Putting people first
In 2018 we celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This milestone provided an opportunity for Decathlon to reaffirm our commitment to actively promote mechanisms for upholding and strengthening universal human rights at all our subsidiaries across the globe.
Our responsibility at Decathlon is to ensure that these priorities are observed and respected at all sites where our products are manufactured, in 40 different countries, with uniform, consistent standards.
Our Code of Conduct, which was fully revised in 2017, addresses the social and environmental priorities highlighted by various international organisations (ILO, OECD, etc.), especially: human rights (child labour, modern slavery and forced labour, freedom of association, discrimination, decent pay, etc.), health and safety (management environment, building safety, etc.), chemicals management, environmental protection, sustainable materials, corruption, and employee management and communication.
We use an internal and external auditing system to ensure that the Code of Conduct is being applied, along with regular site visits from local Decathlon production teams. Our strategy for making the process more reliable and implementing lasting corrective measures is improving year after year.
In 2018, 86% of our rank 1 suppliers had brought human-related risks to an acceptable level, and our goal is to sustain 80% by 2019.