German sportswear giant Adidas has this week updated its global factory list, detailing all factories supplying to the group, with the addition this year of Mynamar.

Myanmar/Burma, which this week published the country's first ever Code of Conduct, is a newly developing country undergoing positive political change, but one which Adidas acknowledges has a legacy of human rights abuses including the use of forced labour, child labour and the like.

“With the lifting of international trade sanctions against Burma, we asked ourselves a simple question: 'If we want to do business in Myanmar, should we do more in our assurance process?'”, said Bill Anderson, VP of social and environmental affairs at Adidas. “The answer was: 'Yes, we need to set the bar higher'.”

Anderson said the decision led to a lengthy process of examining and strengthening of Adidas policies and approaches to ensure that, from the outset, it was protecting the rights and interests of local stakeholders in Myanmar, as well as its own reputation as an industry leader in sustainability.

At present, Adidas supplies from one factory in Myanmar. The company says it is committed to upholding the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, including the need to support and ensure the respect for human rights in its global supply chain.

“As a result of this engagement, we have developed specific guidance for our suppliers on land acquisition and development of industrial sites,” Anderson said.

It has also carried out due diligence work, such as verifying labour, safety and environmental conditions at the prospective factory site through audits.

In November last year, the sportswear giant celebrated more than 25 years of manufacturing in Indonesia, one of its key sourcing locations.

Click here to view the global factory list.