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Our stakeholders

Institutional relations

Trade and retail distribution federation ( Fédération du Commerce et de la Distribution > FCD)

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).

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Sports and cycling union

Involvement in the Environment Committee since 2014 (including 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).

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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.).

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EuroCommerce

Member of the EuroCommerce committees for monitoring and anticipating future strategic and legislative developments of the European Union regarding the environment and trade.

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ORSE (Observatoire sur la Responsabilité Sociétale des Entreprises - Observatory on Corporate Social Responsibility)

DECATHLON is a member of the Observatoire sur la Responsabilité Sociétale des Entreprises (Observatory on Corporate Social Responsibility), a multi-stakeholder organisation that carries out permanent monitoring in France, Europe and internationally and supports companies in their CSR strategy. Decathlon joined its board of directors in June 2019.

Observatoire sur la Responsabilité Sociétale des Entreprises (Observatory on Corporate Social Responsibility)
IPE

The Public Institute of Environmental Affairs (Institut Public des affaires Environnementales (IPE) is a non-profit environmental research organisation based in Beijing, mainland China. Since its inception in June 2006, the IPE has been dedicated to collecting, aggregating and analysing environmental information from governments and companies to build an environmental information database. Decathlon has integrated this platform into its supply chain management system in mainland China. 

Environmental impact management

RE100

RE100 is a global initiative created by The Climate Group and launched at the UN Climate Summit in New York in 2014. The initiative aims to engage, support and promote companies that have committed to using 100% renewable energy (including biomass, geothermal, solar, wind and tidal).

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Science Based Targets

The Science Based Target initiative (SBTi) is an international body that enables companies to set ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions based on the latest scientific data on the climate. Its aim is to encourage companies around the world to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. The initiative is the result of collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, the World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the We Mean Business Coalition. The SBTi initiative identifies and highlights good practice in writing aCO2 reduction trajectory, provides the means to validate this objective and scientifically and independently approves the trajectories written by companies.

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ACT

L’initiative ACT - Assessing low Carbon Transition® a été développée par l’ADEME et le CDP pour évaluer les stratégies climat des entreprises. Inscrite à l’agenda des solutions porté par la CCNUCC ; l’initiative fournit des méthodes pour évaluer l’alignement de la stratégie d’une entreprise par rapport à une trajectoire de décarbonation adaptée à ses activités au regard de son secteur.
Basés sur des données des entreprises vérifiables, une vingtaine d’indicateurs permettent une évaluation holistique de la stratégie de l’entreprise.

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Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is an organisation that has set up a public reporting system for monitoring the environmental impacts of investors, companies, cities, and regions. An assessment questionnaire is sent out each year on the following issues: climate change, water and forests. DECATHLON has been asked to participate on the issues of "climate change" and "forests" since 2019.

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Net Zero Initiative

The Net Zero Initiative project, launched in June 2018 and led by the consultancy firm Carbone 4, in collaboration with a dozen pioneering companies and supported by a scientific council, has published its reference standards for contributions by organisations to carbon neutrality. This document proposes a common language for all companies wishing to steer their climate action in a sincere, ambitious and transparent direction towards achieving global net zero emissions, and in coherence 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.

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United nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)

Initiated by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 2018, the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action brings together a growing number of the biggest players in the fashion and textile industry. There are currently 110 signatories who are committed to setting a target for reducing their CO2 emissions and working together to move the entire industry towards the goals set by the Paris Agreement.

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Climate Dividends

Climate Dividends is a non-profit organisation dedicated to accelerating the financing of the ecological transition. The association proposes a protocol for calculating avoided and/or sequestered emissions that give rise to Climate Dividends. This new metric makes it possible to direct investments towards solutions that contribute to carbon neutrality.

Companies committed to nature - act4nature - France

"Companies committed to nature - act4nature France" is an initiative led by the Office Français de la Biodiversité (OFB), which aims to get companies to take action on biodiversity via a continuous improvement approach.
DECATHLON signed its commitment in February 2020 and joined this network, which aims to exchange good practice, push companies upwards and improve ambitions on the subject.

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CDC Biodiversité

DECATHLON has joined the B4B+ club run by CDC Biodiversité (a subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts). Its aim is to develop tools to assess financial portfolios in order to identify their impact on biodiversity.

DECATHLON has been trained by CDC Biodiversité and uses their GBS (Global Biodiversity Score) tool to identify the company's activities that have the greatest impact and to prioritise its actions. CDC Biodiversité is also supporting DECATHLON in the critical review of its biodiversity study.

Responsability in production

SGS

Technical support for DECATHLON’s Human Responsibility in Production and Supplier Environmental Management assessments (conducting of audits, wastewater samples and analyses).

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Bureau Veritas

Technical support to assess the human responsibility in production and the environmental management of Decathlon's suppliers: carrying out assessments, tests and wastewater sampling.

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Mekong Club

The Mekong Club is an NGO catalyst for change, inspiring and engaging the private sector to lead in the fight against modern slavery.

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Apprise audit

Diginex Apprise is a tool for detecting vulnerable populations and is capable of identifying situations of forced labour. In 2023, it was tested by Decathlon in three Asian countries with 18 suppliers, to identify potential signs of forced or bonded labour among migrant workers.

Impactt

Impactt is an NGO specialising in improving working conditions and increasing productivity in global supply chains. Its approach benefits brands, production sites and employees alike.

Apparel Impact Institute

DECATHLON began collaborating with the private organisation AII (Apparel Impact Institute) in 2020, to launch the “Clean by Design” project. This international initiative encourages clothing retailers and fashion chains to take responsibility for the environmental impact of their overseas factories by focusing on the dyeing and finishing processes.

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The World Resources Institute (WRI)

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organisation with more than 1,000 experts who transform innovative ideas at the intersection of the environment, the economy and human well-being. Decathlon and the WRI share the same objective and vision for human beings and the planet. Thanks to Decathlon's strong position in the sports industry and WRI's expertise, this partnership will not only benefit Decathlon, but will also support the transformation of the sports equipment industry. For example, WRI has worked with Decathlon and its commercial partners on a renewable electricity purchase contract.

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Wildaid

WildAid's ambition is to inspire change and empower the world to protect wildlife and vital habitats from critical threats, including climate change, illegal wildlife trafficking and illegal fishing. Decathlon is working with Wildaid on two issues: protecting the oceans and raising awareness of climate change in mainland China. Wildaid is Decathlon's NGO partner in the clean water initiative.

Labour Solutions

Labour Solutions, a social enterprise founded in 2013, uses technology to facilitate the involvement of low-income workers by providing tools to contribute to their well-being.

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Kno Global

Kno Global, a social enterprise, provides a seamless, real-time data platform. The KNO approach starts by building a community of factory employees in the field. The approach relies on technology and mobile data to measure employee involvement and well-being. The KNO app enables anonymous two-way communication between management and the people working on the production floor. KNO then co-creates solutions with factories to address the issues raised by employees.

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Ulula

Founded in 2013, Ulula is a certified B-Corp Worker Voice Technology company, awarded "Best for the World" for its positive impact on its customers. It probes workers' views on social issues such as recruitment practices, sexual harassment and well-being at work by offering direct worker surveys, an advanced grievance management platform and dashboards. It offers accessible channels, allowing workers and farmers to use SMS, Whatsapp, WeChat, QR codes and phone lines. Ulula works with major sportswear companies such as NIKE, Under Armour, Adidas, VF Corp and others.

Sustainable Textile Solutions

Sustainable Textile Solutions, a member of BluWin, provides tailor-made consultancy, auditing and training programmes on the chemical safety of textiles. The aim is to help brands, retailers and industry partners understand, communicate, monitor and improve the effectiveness of their strategies in order to produce textiles that are more environmentally friendly and better for health and safety.

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Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) is a foundation that aims to support the textile and footwear industry in using safer chemicals for a cleaner planet and a better future.

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GoBlu

In order to promote the use of more sustainable products in the chemical industry, GoBlu International Ltd (accelerator for sustainable development solutions) has developed “BHive®", an innovative tool to digitalise the chemical management process and create greater transparency in the supply chain. The BHive app is one of the tools approved by ZDHC to create an inventory of chemical products in factories.

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Ecodesign

ADEME

Response to the XTEX call for projects launched by ADEME to propose a methodology and an environmental textile display, in collaboration with the Enseignes and YUKAN consortiums. Participation in the cross-functional group on the creation of a sustainability index for electronic products, as provided for in the anti-waste law for a circular economy. Elaboration of a framework contract with ADEME for the implementation of a sustainability and reparability index for textile and footwear products.

Refashion

Board member of Refashion (formerly ECO-TLC), the eco-organization for the EPR of clothing, household linen and footwear.

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Ecologic

Membership of the Board of Directors and the Strategy Committee (for the EPR Sporting Goods and Leisure Products sector) of Ecologic, the eco-organisation for the EPR Sporting Goods and Leisure Products (ASL) and EPR Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) sectors.

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Rehubs

Since September 2021, Decathlon has joined Rehubs under the coordination of Euratex (The European Apparel and Textile Confederation), an initiative bringing together several companies in the textile sector whose aim is to identify the opportunities, obstacles, economic, environmental and social values as well as investments needed to create recycling hubs in Europe.

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European Commission

Product Environmental Footprint (PEF): participation in a European experiment to define a common multi-criteria method for calculating and displaying the environmental footprint of textile products (t-shirts). Member of the technical secretariat with various stakeholders, including ADEME, the French Ministry of Ecological Transition, the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), brands (Promod, Pimkie, Okaïdi, etc.) and producers (Les Tissages de Charlieu, TAD).

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Better Cotton

Decathlon joined the BC (Better Cotton) initiative in January 2012. This non-profit association promotes the global development of better cotton as a sustainable commodity to make it better for the people who produce it, for the environment in which it is grown and for the future of the industry.

Earth Action

Based on the planetary limits frame of reference, EA supports us in the integration of plastic pollution indicators, via calculation tools, with the aim of defining quantified objectives and associated trajectories to reduce our global impact.

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The Microfiber Consortium

The Microfiber Consortium (TMC) is a non-profit association that enables a multi-stakeholder approach. The consortium facilitates the development of practical solutions for the textile industry to minimize fiber fragmentation and release into the environment from textile manufacturing and the product life cycle.

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Business Coalition for a Global Plastic Treaty

The Business Coalition for a Global Plastic Treaty brings together companies and financial institutions committed to supporting the development of an ambitious, effective and legally binding UN treaty to end plastic pollution. The coalition is led by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and WWF, in collaboration with committed companies and with the support of strategic NGO partners.

The Plastic Footprint Network

The Plastic Footprint Network was born out of a recognized need to standardize and harmonize methodologies and frameworks for assessing, measuring and mitigating plastic pollution on a global scale.
The network builds on the pioneering efforts of plastic pollution specialists EA (Earth Action) and Quantis, in particular the Plastic Leak project launched in 2020. The project's guidelines introduced the first comprehensive methodology enabling global companies to assess the environmental impact of plastics used in their products, services and operations.

Diversity and inclusivity

EDGE

EDGE Empower® is a software solution that drives and tracks the commitment, progress and compliance of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) programmes in the workplace. The solution ensures a rigorous and proven data-driven approach to informing DE&I strategies, selecting priorities and developing and implementing relevant action plans. It simplifies the implementation of compliance with pay equity, CSRD and other regulatory requirements while enabling measurement and benchmarking against peers and the global EDGE standard, providing a clear definition of DE&I success.
EDGE Empower® and Decathlon have been in partnership since March 2023, which is testament to a shared commitment to creating teams that reflect the diversity of the communities they serve, ensuring a workplace where the unique attributes of each individual are valued and discrimination is actively challenged.

King Baudouin Foundation

The King Baudouin Foundation is an independent, pluralist charitable foundation that has been working for the betterment of society for over 40 years.

WAGEINDICATOR

WageIndicator aims to improve the transparency of the labour market by collecting, sharing and comparing up-to-date information on wages, labour law, collective bargaining agreements, the informal economy, and more. Through its research, projects and events, WageIndicator works actively to improve working conditions worldwide.

Products quality and safety

AFIRM

The AFIRM group is an international working group composed of leading brands in the textile, footwear and sports goods industry that works to harmonize the chemical requirements of products. DECATHLON is participating in the development of a common list of prohibited substances; this list is available for use by all the brands.

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Gerda

The course of the “Groupe d’Etude et de Recherche en Dermato-Allergo” (GERDA) is the annual meeting of dermato-allergology in France. Decathlon participates in order to share scientific knowledge on the chemicals used in production processes and to reduce the risk of allergy among users of Decathlon products

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LIFE AskREACH

The European LIFE AskREACH project is focused on improving the substitution of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) in products as well as raising consumer awareness on their right to be informed about these substances. One of the project's main priorities is to facilitate communication on SVHCs between the different supply chain operators and the final consumer. Decathlon is in regular contact with those involved in this project as a supplier of products, in order to make this information available and to contribute to the European database of the Scan4Chem mobile application. This application enables the user to scan products and find out if they contain SVHCs (substances of very high concern). The aim is to provide better information to the public and to provide companies with tools to fulfil their obligations in terms of communication on SVHCs.

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Chemsec

Chemsec is an independent, non-profit organisation seeking safer alternatives to toxic chemicals. Founded in 2022, Chemsec bases its work on that of chemists, political scientists, business experts, etc. Decathlon joined Chemsec in urging the European Union to adopt stricter requirements for chemicals and it is one of the co-signatories of the open letter to Ursula Von Der Leyen requesting the rapid and ambitious revision of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.

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Duty of care

Verisk MapleCroft

Verisk MapleCroft is a UK-based consultancy firm that specialises in analysing international political, economic, social and environmental risks. By providing data and analysis on these topics, it enables companies to better anticipate, identify and manage the risks they face in their business.

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Business for Human Rights

The Entreprises pour les Droits de l'Homme (Business for Human Rights) association aims to promote the understanding and integration of human rights within companies by implementing awareness-raising strategies. This voluntary and multi-sector initiative serves as a forum for exchanging and sharing best practices and for collaborative thinking. The association also designs operational tools for its members, including training and awareness-raising tools to assist them in implementing their procedures, in accordance with French law and international CSR standards. By joining EDH, Decathlon wishes to continue structuring and improving its human rights awareness programme while exchanging and working with other companies to address the challenges surrounding this issue.

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Whispli

Whispli is an alert system guaranteeing a secure and anonymous platform where members of an organisation or its partners and customers can report ethical problems in the broadest sense. DECATHLON has set up this platform to meet the obligations of the Duty of Vigilance and Sapin 2 laws.

Ecovadis

Ecovadis is an ESG assessment company for third parties. Its method is based on international criteria such as the principles of the United Nations Global Compact, the standards of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and assesses four areas on the basis of a questionnaire based on the sector and country of activity, accompanied by a document review.
The assessment is based on the following themes: environment, social and human rights, business ethics and responsible purchasing. This solution is being used by Decathlon initially for indirect purchases and more widely in the future with its other commercial partners.

OECD

Member of an advisory committee (with representatives from national contact points, businesses, the European Commission, multi-stake- holder initiatives, NGOs and trade unions) to draft a guide on Duty of Care in the textile and footwear industries.

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Green it: responsible digital

Institut Numérique Responsable: Responsible Digital Institute

DECATHLON joined the INR (Institut Numérique Responsable: Responsible Digital Institute) when it was founded in 2019. The INR is a think tank created to carry on from Club Green IT. The INR is a place to reflect on the issues surrounding the digital world: footprint calculation (economic, social and environmental), impact reduction and the creation of social value to successfully manage everyone’s e-inclusion. In 2019, the Responsible Digital leader at DECATHLON obtained the eco-design certification for digital services, which indicates a certain level of expertise regarding methodology, and good practices in this discipline.

FrenchTransfo

DECATHLON took part in the #FrenchTransfo project to initiate a responsible digital transformation among large groups. For more than a year now, the FrenchTransfo mission, chaired by Cédric O (Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications), has brought together major French groups in order to accelerate and combine their skills. All major groups have a duty to be responsible regarding the impact of digital technology on the environment (CO2, water, etc.). DECATHLON has been involved in creating tools to measure the environmental impact of digital technology.

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Acts and facts

Acts and Facts is a movement born within the Mulliez ecosystem of companies. It is driven by the companies' employees, managers and shareholders. Acts and Facts is not a substitute for corporate strategies, but a catalyst for accelerating the ecological transition: it creates virtuous connections between those who are committed, who want to learn, and who want to get moving.

To find out more about DECATHLON

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DECATHLON Annual sustainable development reports

Non-financial reporting statements since 2013, Due diligence plans since 2017 and Modern slavery statements.

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Our environmental challenges

Biodiversity, climate and plastic pollution in the ocean: 3 issues that DECATHLON are working on in particular. Why these? How?

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

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.

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Transparency

Polyester, polyamide, polyester, cotton... recycled cotton, cellulose fibre, Lyocell or even solution dyed... all you need to know about Eco-design!