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Where next for Corporate Human Rights Benchmark?

First feedback on last week's launch of the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark has welcomed the move – but warns against drawing conclusions t...

How Adidas is picking up the pace in the US

Sportswear giant Adidas is gaining traction in the US – the largest sportswear market in the world. Bernadette Kissane, senior research anal...

Guest author | 17 Aug 2016

3D-printing has already transformed the manufacturing process in many industries, but an assessment of the technology by analysts at Bernstein Research seems to suggest much more progress still needs to be made before it has the potential to impact apparel.

Debra Cobb | 18 Jan 2016

Faced with downward pressure on demand from unseasonably warm weather, the outdoor industry is broadening its appeal to work across multiple end-uses. New product introductions at the recent Outdoor Retailer trade show included innovations in outerwear, performance denim, and wool.

Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2015

Among the industry executives who spoke with just-style this year were William E Connor, chairman and CEO of William E Connor & Associates; Patagonia's director of social & environmental responsibility Cara Chacon; Frank Henke, global director of social and environmental affairs at German sporting goods giant Adidas Group; and Esquel Group vice chairman and CEO John Cheh. 

Leonie Barrie | 11 Dec 2015

Expecting a hike of up to $1.8bn in the cost of sourcing its products over the next five years, German sportswear giant Adidas Group is realigning its supply platforms – including an "aggressive ramp-down" in China – and tackling the complexity and efficiency of its manufacturing processes in a bid to meet the challenge.

Latest Interviews

Leonie Barrie | 20 Mar 2015

“You cannot solve the sustainability agenda overnight,” explains Frank Henke, global director of social and environmental affairs at German sporting goods giant Adidas Group. Indeed, as he tells just-style, the company has faced a moving target since it launched its first sustainability programmes some 15 to 20 years ago – and that target is today moving faster than ever.

Joe Ayling | 1 Jul 2010

Adidas Group CEO Herbert Hainer is confident that major investments in the World Cup this summer are paying off. In an interview with just-style news editor Joe Ayling, he also discusses sourcing, currencies and his vision for the Reebok brand.

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Beth Wright | 26 Apr 2017

German sportswear giant Adidas is to partner with global engineering and technology services company Siemens on a "digital twin" of its Speedfactory facility, in a move it says will help shorten time to market, bring greater flexibility and provide improved manufacturing quality and efficiency.

Beth Wright | 24 Apr 2017

As part of its commitment to create 1m pairs of shoes made from up-cycled marine plastic by the end of the year, German sportswear giant Adidas has revealed it will launch three new Parley running shoes next month.

Beth Wright | 20 Apr 2017

Spanish clothing giant Inditex, German sportswear giant Adidas and US outdoor brand Patagonia have topped a new report ranking the efforts companies are taking to address forced labour, child labour and exploitation in their supply chains.

Beth Wright | 7 Apr 2017

German sportswear giant Adidas has unveiled the world's first high-performance footwear featuring midsoles crafted with light and oxygen by Digital Light Synthesis – and has committed to creating more than 100,000 pairs by end of 2018.

Beth Wright | 28 Mar 2017

As part of a bid to streamline its international trade activities in China, German sportswear giant Adidas Group has invested in an automated solution to help simplify the import and export process and allow the company to respond more quickly to regulatory changes.

Beth Wright | 22 Mar 2017

German sportswear giant Adidas has told just-style it is evaluating the results of its Storefactory research project to decide whether to roll out localised and personalised consumer experiences in its stores.

Beth Wright | 17 Mar 2017

Adidas by Stella McCartney has unveiled the German sportswear giant's latest offering from its collaboration with sustainability group Parley for the Oceans, which sees marine plastic waste transformed into performance yarn.

Michelle Russell | 13 Mar 2017

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has topped a new benchmark ranking that aims to incentivise companies in a race to the top for the moral and commercial advantages of a strong human rights record.

Beth Wright | 8 Mar 2017

German sporting giant Adidas has increased its sales and profit growth targets for the next four years on the back of an "exceptional" 2016, and revealed the next stage of its 2020 business plan – which includes US investment, a tighter brand portfolio, and a stronger focus on its namesake and Reebok brands.

Michelle Russell | 7 Mar 2017

German sportswear giant Adidas has appointed Harm Ohlmeyer as successor to long-time chief financial officer Robin Stalker.

Beth Wright | 3 Mar 2017

Top stories this week on just-style include how there is potential for Bangladesh to capture the Chinese market, US President Donald Trump speaks favourably about using taxes and tariffs to boost the nation's economy, Myanmar forms a committee to discuss minimum wage, and Adidas unveils a "revolutionary" marathon shoe.

Beth Wright | 27 Feb 2017

German sportswear giant Adidas has revealed the first step in its ambitious Sub2 programme - a "revolutionary" marathon shoe, designed to take athletes below the two-hour barrier.

Michelle Russell | 20 Feb 2017

German sportswear giant Adidas and UK fashion brand Burberry have both been recognised as leaders for their sustainability practices, with Hugo Boss, Kering and Gildan Activewear also receiving recognition.

Beth Wright | 15 Feb 2017

German sportswear giant Adidas has promoted Arthur Hoeld to senior vice president, global brands strategy and business development, with Torben Schumacher succeeding him as general manager, Adidas Originals, effective immediately.

Beth Wright | 14 Feb 2017

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) says demand for more sustainable cotton is on the rise, with Swedish retailer H&M and sportswear giants Adidas and Nike leading the field in its 'Better Cotton league'.

Beth Wright | 7 Feb 2017

German sportswear giant Adidas has unveiled its latest UltraBoost offering, a pinnacle performance shoe tailored to the unique shape of the female foot and designed to give female runners "their greatest running experience".

Michelle Russell | 16 Dec 2016

German sportswear giant Adidas has made its 3D printed running shoe available to the general public in limited-edition form for the first time. 

Leonie Barrie | 13 Dec 2016

Sportswear giant Adidas eventually expects to have half of its products produced in 45 days or less from manufacturing floor to store, according to an analyst note published last week.

Michelle Russell | 9 Dec 2016

Adidas, Gap, H&M, and Lululemon have topped a benchmarking study looking at action taken by companies to combat forced labour and human trafficking in their supply chains – although more still needs to be done, including rolling out programmes to lower tiers across apparel supply chains.

Leonie Barrie | 6 Dec 2016

German sportswear giant Adidas has opened its brand flagship and largest worldwide store in New York, the latest in a series of investments to win consumers in the city seen as key to the company's strategic 'Creating the New' business plan aimed at driving top and bottom-line growth.

Beth Wright | 21 Nov 2016

German sportswear giant Adidas has taken another step forward on sustainability by producing what is claimed to be the world's first performance shoe made from Biosteel fibres, which is based on spidersilk protein.

Beth Wright | 4 Nov 2016

German sportswear giant Adidas has unveiled its first mass production running shoe made from up-cycled marine plastic – and has committed to creating 1m pairs of the new UltraBoost shoes made with Parley Ocean Plastic by end of 2017.

Latest blogs

Michelle Russell | 20 Mar 2017

Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics of "Brexit means Brexit" left no-one better informed. Mike Flanagan has taken a closer look in his monthly Trade Tracker update.

Leonie Barrie | 22 Jan 2015

German sporting goods giant Adidas Group has been named as the world's third most sustainable company this year, according to a ranking released by Toronto-based media company Corporate Knights to coincide with the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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