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.
We share with our direct suppliers common commitments, which focuses on two areas: respecting workers and the environment.
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 Due Diligence Plan.
To guarantee compliance with commitments made together around the world through our Code of Conduct, we carry out regular audits on our suppliers. During the course of these, we look into the employees' working conditions: health & safety, as well as respect for human rights are assessed.
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 goal is to achieve an A, B or C rating for 95% for our direct suppliers (tier 1) by 2026.
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 SBT (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.
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.
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.
We want you to understand our way of operating but it's not easy trying to get the balance right between keeping explanations simple and wanting to explain everything in detail. If you want to find out more, feel free to take a look at our Non-Financial Reporting Statement. It's an inventory, published each year, of all the initiatives that are leading to sustainable progress.