In 2019, DECATHLON accelerated collaborative work with its stakeholders. Working in collaboration lets us affirm our commitment to sustainable development, strengthen our methodologies and contribute to a collective impact.
Trade and Retail Distribution Federation
On the Environment and Quality committees of the FCD (Federation for Commerce and Distribution), that works to promote Sustainable Development (whose main work is to support donations and apply the Circular Economy Law).
Sports and Cycling Union
On the Environment committee since 2014 (includes work on updating the code of conduct, an event linking CSR and sport, and the functional organisation of Extended Producer Responsibility for Sports and Leisure goods):
World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI)
Since 2015, follow-up of work monitored by the CSR Commission of the WFSGI (sharing intelligence information, CSR practice benchmarking, participation in webinars, etc.).
Member of the Eurocommerce Environment Committee, so as to monitor and anticipate any future strategic and legislative developments for the European Union in terms of the environment:
Corporate Social Responsibility Watchdog
Member for several years of the ORSE (Observatory on Corporate Social Responsibility, a multi-stakeholder organisation that keeps a constant watch in France, Europe and internationally and advises companies on their CSR strategies. Decathlon joined the ORSE board of directors in June 2019.
French Sustainability transition agency (ADEME)
Part of the eco-labelling pre-roll-out project with ADEME and the French Ministry for the Environment. Leads the project committee (COPROJ) for textile eco-labelling.
Attendance at board of director meetings of Refashion (formerly ECO-TLC) which is the eco-organisation of the Clothing Textile, Household Linen and Footwear Sector.
PEF (Product Environmental Footprint)
Participation in the European pilot project to establish a common multicriteria calculation method for products' (t-shirts) carbon footprint. Member of the technical secretariat with different stakeholders, in particular ADEME, the French Ministry of the Environment, OFEV (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment), brands (Promod, Pimkie, Okaïdi,...) and manufacturers (Les Tissages de Charlieu, TAD).
BCI (Better Cotton Initiative)
Decathlon joined the BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) in January 2012. This non-profit-making association seeks to promote the development of better cotton throughout the world, to create a sustainable commodity that is better for those producing it, better for the environment it is grown in, and better for the future of the sector as a whole.
Global Fashion Agenda
Decathlon participates in the “2020 Commitment” initiative of the Global Fashion Agenda, which brings together companies that have committed themselves to taking concrete measures for the circular economy. Decathlon has made the following commitment: “By 2020, all of our engineers and designers will be trained on circular design principles to improve recyclability, repairability and reuse”.
Since March 2019, Decathlon has sat on the Board of Directors of “P le Eco-conception”, the French national centre for eco-design and performance through the life cycle. Founded in 2008, this centre aims to support the development of sustainable consumption and production patterns. “P le Eco-conception” assists Decathlon in the eco-design of its products and implementation strategies.
*OFEV: Swiss federal office for the environment
PLP (Project Plastic Leak)
The Plastic Leak Project (PLP) deals in plastic leakages and was launched by the sustainable development consulting firm Quantis and EA, the centre of environmental management & CSR. It aims to contribute to global efforts to combat plastic pollution. The multi-stakeholder initiative plans to draw up methodology and metrics guidebooks to locate, measure and map out plastic and microplastic pollution in the value chain, in order to define effective action to find a solution to plastic leakages into the environment
The Microfiber Consortium (TMC)
The Microfiber Consortium (TMC) is a non-profit association that enables a multi-stakeholder approach. This consortium facilitates the development of practical solutions for the textile industry to minimise fibre fragmentation and release into the environment from textile manufacturing and the life cycle of the product.
RE100 is a global initiative created by The Climate Group and launched at the UN Climate Summit in New York in 2014. This initiative aims to involve, support and promote companies that are committed to 100% use of renewable energy (including biomass, geothermal, solar, wind and tidal energy).
Science Based Target
The Science Based Target initiative brings businesses together to help them scientifically reinforce their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), UN Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and players from the We Mean Coalition are all part of this approach. The SBT initiative identifies and highlights good practices for setting out steps to reduce CO2, it provides the means to carry out this goal, and scientifically and independently approves the business trajectories.
The ACT - Assessing low Carbon Transition® initiative was developed by ADEME and CDP to assess the climate strategies of companies. As part of the UNFCCC's Action Agenda, the initiative provides methods for assessing the alignment of a company's strategy with a low-carbon pathway that is appropriate for its activities in view of the sector in which it operates. Based on verifiable company data, some 20 indicators
provide a holistic assessment of the company's strategy. These assessments are conducted in a fully transparent manner by independent third parties, ensuring complete neutrality.
Decathlon participated in trials in 2016 and conducted its ACT assessment in 2020:
The Net Zero Initiative
The Net Zero Initiative project, launched in June 2018 and led by the consultancy firm Carbone 4, in collaboration with ten pioneering companies, and supported by a scientific council, has published its reference standards for contributions by organisations to carbon neutrality. This document provides a common language for all players wishing to steer their climate action in a sincere, ambitious and transparent manner for the purpose of achieving global net zero emissions, coherently with existing instruments and methodologies. Decathlon has been a partner of the initiative since 2020, with the aim of adopting a method that will enable it to define and achieve Net Zero in view of the climate emergency.
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Initiated by the UN Climate Change in 2018, the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Change is attracting a growing number of major players in fashion and textile. There are currently 48 signatories who have committed to defining an objective to reduce their CO2 emissions and work collaboratively to deliver the goals set out in the Paris agreements in order for the whole industry to move forward.
The Fashion Pact is a global coalition of companies in the fashion and textile industry (ready-to-wear, sport, lifestyle and luxury) including their suppliers and distributors, all committed to a common core of key environmental goals in three areas: to stop global warming, restore biodiversity and protect the oceans. Launched as a mission given to Fran ois-Henri Pinault, the Kering CEO, by French President Emmanuel Macron, the Fashion Pact was presented to heads of state at the G7 summit in Biarritz on 26 August 2019.
Act 4 nature
“Companies committed to nature - act4nature France" is an initiative led by the Office Français de la Biodiversité [French Office for Biodiversity (OFB)], which aims to set companies in action regarding biodiversity using a continuous improvement approach Decathlon has joined this network which aims to exchange best practices, encourage companies to strive upwards and improve ambitions on this matter. Decathlon signed its commitment in February 2020 and expects to submit its strategy in January 2021.
Decathlon has become a member of ORÉE, an association created in 1992 which has been federating and animating a network of players for over 20 years. It has a mandate to represent France at the CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity). ORÉE is Decathlon's external consultant for biodiversity through Hélène Leriche, (Head of Biodiversity-Economy at ORÉE). Through this network, Decathlon also has access to peer-to-peer exchange groups to form a common voice in dealing with institutions and economic players.