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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.
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.
Adidas’ annual Group Sustainability Report offers a yearly snapshot of the company’s achievements and challenges in the fields of the environment and social responsibility – but also gives a glimpse of the future.
Sporting goods giant Adidas is evolving its factory monitoring system away from auditing to track supply chain compliance and is instead working to develop self-governance programmes for its suppliers. Part of the process has been to improve communication with workers at its supplier factories - including the launch of an SMS hotline, which will reach 250,000 workers by the end of the year.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
German sporting giant Adidas today (3 November) revealed better than expected third-quarter results, but shares fell after the group revealed it will incur one-time costs to invest in future growth and restructure the Reebok brand.
German sportswear giant Adidas has unveiled what it says is its "strongest and most innovative" rugby jersey, with features that include a "ground-breaking" chassis system designed to give the wearer a competitive edge by improving the flow of energy through the body.
Unions and labour groups are stepping up a campaign urging sporting goods group Mizuno to resolve a dismissal dispute affecting nearly 350 workers in Indonesia.
Around 200,000 Pakistani cotton farmers are set to benefit from a global cotton industry partnership that will train them on issues such as sustainability in farming and child labour thanks to funding from brands such as H&M and Levi Strauss & Co.
German sportswear giant Adidas has unveiled the first running shoe created at its Speedfactory manufacturing facility in Germany, describing it as the first step in a "game-changing" moment for the industry.
Major apparel groups including Adidas, Gap Inc, Inditex, Gildan and Asics have been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), putting the companies among the best-in-class sustainability performers globally.
German sportswear giant Adidas has revealed its second "industry-changing" Speedfactory facility will be based in Atlanta, with a view to producing 50,000 pairs of shoes in 2017.
German sporting giant Adidas has raised its 2016 guidance for a fourth time after posting second-quarter earnings and margin growth driven by strong momentum from its namesake and Reebok brands.
German sporting goods giant Adidas Group has raised its full-year guidance after posting a 21% rise in second-quarter sales, helped by the early termination of its sponsorship deal with English football club Chelsea FC.
German sportswear giant Adidas is preparing to roll out its "industry-changing" Speedfactory facility in the US, bringing the total annual capacity up to 1m pairs with the company claiming further expansion is possible over the course of the coming years.
German sportswear giant Adidas has created its first T-shirt using reclaimed ocean waste as part of a collaboration with sustainability group Parley for the Oceans.
German sportswear giant Adidas has filed a lawsuit against Skechers, accusing the US based footwear maker of copying the Springblade concept in its Mega Flex shoes.
As the UEFA European championship 2016 nears its climax in Paris at the weekend, the three main sportswear sponsors have been criticised for shifting their supply chains around countries in Asia where workers who make their shirts earn less than the living wage.
Inditex, Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) and Benetton have been praised by environmental activist group Greenpeace for being on track to clean up their chains, while Victoria's Secret, Esprit and sports brands Nike and LiNing are lagging behind the field.
German sportswear giant Adidas has completed the sale of its non-core nostalgia headwear and apparel brand Mitchell & Ness to a newly formed entity primarily owned by Juggernaut Capital Partners.
German sportswear giant Adidas has struck a long-term deal with rapper-turned-designer Kanye West in what it calls "the most significant partnership ever created between an athletic brand and a non-athlete".
German sportswear giant Adidas has struck a deal to work with Chinese conglomerate Wanda Group to promote football and basketball in the country and open large-scale stores in its malls.
German sportswear giant Adidas has announced its football business is expected to reach new record sales in 2016 after reporting market share gains across Western Europe, especially in key cities, one year after re-launching its football footwear offering.
Berlin-based fashion e-tailer Zalando has named Adidas as the first international brand partner to join its online platform, with stock from its Tauentzienstraße performance store in the city being available for same-day, free delivery.
German sportswear giant Adidas has released a limited edition concept shoe created using reclaimed ocean waste via a collaboration with sustainability group Parley for the Oceans, and is preparing to scale up the initiative later this year.
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.
Speculation emerged last week that a group of investors is planning to bid for Adidas Group's Reebok unit, and that a likely sale would enable the German sportswear giant to realign its strategy as a fitness and lifestyle brand.
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