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Our manufacturing responsibilities

At DECATHLON, we imagine and design our products. We are therefore responsible for the way they are mass-produced. Our goal is to make them available worldwide and to as many people as possible. This commitment includes respecting the rights of people who produce these goods, as well as limiting our suppliers' environmental impact.

Suppliers & DECATHLON: our commitments

With our direct suppliers, we share common commitments which focus on two areas: respecting workers and the environment.

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The Vigilance plan

Because we don't undertake our activities alone, we have a responsibility to identify the human and environmental risks that may exist on the premises of our suppliers and subcontractors.
Discover this analytical work in our Vigilance Plan.

Code of conduct and audits on the ground

Aligned with its values of responsibility, DECATHLON has always considered human safety and rights as priorities. Detailed in its Vigilance Plan and its Code of conduct for manufacturing suppliers, DECATHLON’s mandatory minimum requirements concern, among others, the conditions of fair and safe work.

These requirements are applicable by each supplier in 43 sourcing countries and controlled by regular audits: in 2022, 1,067 audits were conducted all over the world to monitor the health, safety and respect for human rights of workers in the factories. Moreover, through the French Duty of Vigilance law, DECATHLON is also accountable to control the implementation of safety management systems.

These audits also focus on environmental issues, by analysing what is implemented to reduce and prevent the environmental impact on communities in the areas surrounding the factories (water and air pollution, and soil contamination).

Depending on the information collected throughout the audit, a rating ranging from A to E is assigned to a factory. This rating allows us to define a trajectory to work on making improvements. It is not about dismissing the non-compliant factories but instead supporting them in taking better consideration of workers well-being and the impact on the environment.

Our commitment is to achieve an A, B or C rating for 90% for our direct suppliers (tier 1) by 2026.

Assessing suppliers in terms of safety

In 2014 we deployed the BES project (Building and Electrical Safety) in Bangladesh, to assess suppliers on structural, electrical and fire safety. Through the BES project, we undertake building safety focused audits with an external specialized third-party (Bureau Veritas)  for all our tier-1 & strategic tier-2 suppliers. In addition, building safety audits are mandatory in the opening procedure of our suppliers in Bangladesh.

Preventing the challenges linked
to climate change

Our CO2 trajectory
Contributing to the fight against climate change is about ensuring that each measure taken, each decision made is relevant. We are, therefore, working on this topic collaboratively with renowned scientific experts and stakeholders. We have subsequently shared our CO2 trajectory with the SBTi (Science Based Target)  initiative, which approved it in several areas.

The end goal is to align ourselves with the trajectory of worldwide greenhouse gas reduction in emissions and maintaining global warming below 1.5 °C. This objective was set by the Paris Agreement during the COP21 in 2015.

Our energy consumption

We have joined the RE100 initiative, and we are committed to sourcing 100% of our electricity from renewable sources by 2026. This effort contributes to reducing our CO2 emissions.


In September 2019, we joined the UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) initiative. We are, with the other signatories, increasing our efforts to stop the use of coal. We are subsequently committed to stopping the installation of new coal burning furnaces by our direct suppliers of finished products and components no later than 2025.

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The challenges to overcome

A large number of players are involved all along our product manufacturing chain. We need to guarantee all these players have decent working conditions while involving our suppliers in the reduction of their environmental impact.

These players are distributed throughout a compact and sometimes complex network. This is why we are always looking to find and establish common commitments with our suppliers so they themselves can drive their own suppliers. And show the example within a virtuous circle! 

Our goal is to ensure that the suppliers of our suppliers, also involved in manufacturing our products, are in agreement and aligned with our requirements. It is by way of relationships referred to as “partnerships” that we are making progress. It is a contract based on sustainability, trust and commitment.

The essentials for 2022

⚡️44 % of the electricity consumed by the production sites of Decathlon suppliers animated on decarbonation is of renewable origin compared to 33% in 2021.

📊 DECATHLON assesses its suppliers and supports them in improving their energy management maturity.

💪 Actions to optimise resources are carried out as close as possible to textile production via the "Sustainable Textile Processing" project.

🍃 The company is pursuing its commitment to eliminate all use of coal for its tier 1 suppliers by 2025 and for its tier 2 suppliers by 2030.

✅ 83.4% of relevant Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier sites will have an A, B or C environmental management rating by the end of 2022, up 8.3% on 2021.

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To find out more about DECATHLON


Distribution : our commitments around the world

DECATHLON is committed to reducing its environmental impact on a worldwide scale. To get there, our teams have identified two key areas: renewable energy and transport. Here are our measures and goals for the coming years

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It's because we design products that we can ecodesign them!

On top of offering you high-performance sports products, our design teams are committed to developing them with a more environmentally friendly approach. We make use of ecodesign to achieve this.

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What action plan is needed to reduce absolute CO2 eq emissions?

DECATHLON commits to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 42% by 2030 from a 2021 base year. Decathlon also commits to reduce absolute scope 3 GHG emissions 42% within the same timeframe.