Responsibility in production
How does Decathlon fight against child labour?
Child labour is unacceptable to us. In our Human Responsibility in Production charter, we stipulate that no child must be present on production sites. We are totally intransigent with subcontractors that do not conform to this principle. And our commitment does not end with child labour. We have drawn up a charter with eight fundamental criteria scored from A to E (E being the worst score). Production will be closed down for any subcontractor receiving an E until they improve their score. Read our full charter outlining our demands.
Does Decathlon have a Policy concerning the choice and inspection of subcontractors ?
Since 2002, we have been acting according to a responsible purchasing policy called “Human Responsibility in Production” (HRP). It aims at creating better employment conditions in our supply chain and reinforcing health and safety for those manufacturing our products, our priorities. The strength of this policy lies in the training of our own teams to meticulously evaluate all of our subcontractors. The related tools (charter, code of conduct, evaluation grid) are updated as regularly as necessary in order to respond to new global challenges, opportunities and risks. If you’d like to find out more about our requirements or the way we work with our subcontractors, don’t hesitate to read the chapter dedicated to our responsible purchasing policy in our sustainable development reports.
Why Decathlon choose to train its own team to evaluate working conditions on site ?
We believe that it is important to establish demanding criteria for subcontractors, and also to make sure they are respected on the field. This is why dedicated internal teams, trained on auditing techniques, are based directly in the production areas. Another of our internal experts role is to train production teams, involved in day-to-day operations at subcontractors’ premises. Internal training optimises subcontractor follow-up when improvement plans are put in place. We target 85% of assessments to be conducted by our internal teams, the remaining assessments are conducted by external firms. Regular meetings are organised between Decathlon teams and those of external agencies for the purposes of discussing and standardising practices. If you’d like to find out more about our requirements or the way we work with our subcontractors, don’t hesitate to read the chapter dedicated to our responsible purchasing policy in our sustainable development reports.