Putting people first
Forced labour and child labour continue to be an international concern. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), in 2016, there were 40.3 million victims of modern slavery around the world with 152 million children forced to work, almost half of them between the ages of 5 and 11.
The UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, part of its roadmap for significantly changing the world by 2030, include Goal 8: “Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all”.
Decathlon products are manufactured in more than 49 countries with widely varying national standards and regulations on health and safety, labour law and environmental impact, and where the issues identified by intergovernmental organisations (ILO, OECD68, etc.) are addressed at different speeds. In light of this context, our responsibility, regardless of where manufacturing takes place, is to ensure that working conditions comply with regulations and with our own requirements in the following areas:
Human Rights: child labour, modern slavery and forced labour, freedom of association, discrimination, etc.
Health and safety: decent pay, management environment, building safety, etc.
Respect for the environment
Management and communication
These categories have been part of our Social Charter since 2003 and they are regularly monitored. In 2017, 69% of our rank 1 suppliers had brought human-related risks to an acceptable level and our goal is to reach 80% by 2019.