Here at Decathlon, we don’t just innovate to create the best gear for you; we innovate to pursue sustainable practices for our users, workers and environment. We pursue quality along with affordability because a long-lasting product is the first step toward sustainability.
“At Decathlon, we believe that preserving the planet and its population protects our purpose: to make sports accessible to the many.”
We hold ourselves to specific standards of compliance when it comes to our ecological footprint, design, production, manufacturing and business operations. Here are some of our key commitments:
Paper and Packaging
- We encourage digital receipts and cashless transactions.
- Over 75.2 million tons of trash are generated in the US by packaging every year. Decathlon USA therefore strives to use as little packaging as possible; for example, none of our shoes come in boxes.
- We strategically manage our product design, production and distribution to ensure safety, sustainability and quality.
- Our product developers use renewable, recycled and raw-recyclable materials.
Our Arpenaz 10L backpack exemplifies these values. The Arpenaz was crafted using an innovative manufacturing method that reduces assembly time and materials used while providing quality and a friendly price. In discovering this efficient, more eco-friendly method, our product team was able to create a lightweight, durable hiking pack that costs less than a latte.
Production and Manufacturing
In 2016, the Decathlon code of conduct was expanded to ensure that suppliers meet standards related to chemical management and the use of responsible materials.
- We regularly audit our partners to make sure they meet standards for safe working conditions and measure our carbon emissions in an effort to reduce them.
- From product design to end usage, we exercise chemical risk prevention. This means all our suppliers have committed to respecting our list of restricted substances. For example, we are working to eliminate PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and acetophenone azine in our products.
Our 2003 Social Charter outlines how we select, approve and oversee our suppliers. We require each of our suppliers to meet the United Nations' Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
- We take on pilot projects that relate to fair pay for our production workers.
- Since 2014, we've been committed to a partnership strategy with suppliers who share our vision and values. Together, we define transparent and sustainable objectives around safety and human rights subjects such as child labor, discrimination and working hours.
- Suppliers are subject to regular audits and assessments by our internal auditors or external parties.
We take the “team player” principle seriously. Our in-store teammates are passionate about sports and believe in sharing the value and safety standards of our products. Through their care, team players ensure our users are matched with the right sustainable products.
By 2019, 100% of our textile, footwear and heavily stitched products will require an environmental rating and score. Our goal is to have products tracked and “eco-labeled” to ensure environmental transparency.
By 2020, we aim to only use sustainably sourced cotton in partnership with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). We also plan to eliminate PFCs (perfluorinated compounds) in production.
We innovate to bring revolutionary products to as many users as possible. Simultaneously, we hold ourselves accountable for our environmental impact and make it a priority to minimize our footprint. We also promote personal safety and optimal working conditions.