Rolling out environmental management

As Decathlon pursues its global expansion and manufactures increasing numbers of articles, how can we reduce the pollution caused by their production? Our teams have been supporting suppliers since 2009, their first objective being to reduce the risk of water, air and soil contamination for people living near factories

Environmental management
in 2016

A summary

• We expanded our specifications to include verifying that hazardous waste is properly managed (including their storage), as well as the sludge from waste water treatment.

• We strengthened our environmental project in order to widen the support offered to our suppliers on subjects other than water, encouraging them to also reduce their air and soil pollution. We aim to roll this out everywhere by 2017.

Our production sites environmental management project

The aim of our project is to minimise the risks linked to production at Decathlon:

● water pollution: ensure that discharged water does not affect local residents;

● soil pollution: ensure that hazardous waste is not leached by rain and does not damage water tables used locally for drinking water purposes;

● air pollution: ensure that we do not release any hazardous particles into the air that could be harmful to local residents.

It is therefore a global project that includes suppliers using the following industrial processes: dyeing, washing, printing, tanning, metallic surface treatments and metallic paints.

By 2018, 400 suppliers will be involved in this project.

Supporting progress

In 2015, teams identified good practices with regard to water quality management, and set their minimum requirements that related to an auditing framework and a rating system. These tools were modified in 2016 to include prevention of soil and air pollution.

Exemplary: Anticipation of risks.

B Efficient systems: Effective management of risks.

C Consolidation: Risk management under construction.

D Basic: Risk of pollution within 6 months.

E Unacceptable: Pollution confirmed, posing a genuine danger to the health of local people.

Focus
« Our "waste water” specifications are changing »

Our specifications cover the main parameters in terms of water pollution monitoring. From 2017, these specifications will draw on international waste water quality standards defined by the World Bank . We are also monitoring the progress made by the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) working group, whose work provides a benchmark for certain dangerous substances. We will be studying the feasibility of integrating these substances into our specifications in 2017.