At adidas Group, our love of sport drives who we are and what we do. But just as a ball is more than leather and thread, and a shoe more than padding and plastic, we are bigger than our products. We don't just work to create faster shoes and lighter fabrics: We strive to help athletes everywhere perform their best. We believe that it's hard work inventing the future of sport, and that's why we love it; that when you push your limits, you make it possible for others to push theirs.
At adidas Group, this drive is what connects us, whether we're working for TaylorMade, adidas, or Reebok. We're all working toward a future motivated by passion, original thinking, and the desire to build upon a proud legacy.
At the adidas Group, our love for sport drives who we are and what we do. Every day.
The brands of the adidas Group complement each other in a unique way to help athletes perform better, play better, feel better. Our products break records, set trends, make history. Every day. All over the world. Welcome to the adidas Group.
Employing more than 50,700 people in over 160 countries, we produce more than 650 million product units every year and generate sales of $22 billion (all figures relate to 2013). These numbers alone can easily suggest that our Group is quite a complex organisation. True. But we keep things simple, lean and fast. And we will use this approach now to tell you what our company is all about. Ready ... set, go.
We started in a wash kitchen and conquered the world. And in-between, we have scored big and also, sometimes, struggled to reach our goals. We have done our best for the best. We have improved and grown. Looking ahead to the future, always remembering where we came from.
In 1924, Adi Dassler embarked on his mission to provide athletes with the best possible equipment by registering the “Gebrüder Dassler Schuhfabrik,” which would later become known as adidas. Dassler would achieve his first bit of fame when two summer Olympians win gold after competing in his shoes in 1928 and 1936.
Later on down the road, the adidas Group acquired TaylorMade, Reebok, and Rockport bringing together two of the world’s most respected and best-known companies in the sporting goods industry.
Our employees reflect our customers.
We don’t simply aim to manage the diversity that exists within our company; we also take a proactive approach to increasing and promoting diversity.
To us, embracing diversity means:
Recognition of the wealth of similarities and differences between employees; the personal value of each and every employee; the fact that our products and our contribution to sport and competing athletes are enriched by these diverse and different perspectives.
Striving for mutual respect and appreciation; more diversity in the adidas Group and for open-mindedness and partnership between our employees and within our social environment.
Working proactively: to create an environment that welcomes, respects and embraces diversity; to benefit from the value of a diverse workforce and to ensure that our employees and our products are at the top of their game.
We implement various in-house strategies to drive forward development in a wide variety of areas such as gender, nationality and age. The interests of our employees are hugely important to us. That is why we regularly carry out surveys to establish and analyse the latest trends and concerns among our employees. Only in this way can we tackle new issues and develop further.
It’s the people who see the world a little differently that create breakthroughs that inspire us all. The more diverse perspectives and life experiences we support and encourage, the more often those breakthroughs will happen.
At adidas Group, we seek people with different perspectives and life experiences and allow them to bring their true self to work every day. This isn’t just a nicety. It’s a business necessity.
It takes a lot of effort, practice and, yes, passion to get to the top.
As a team, we want to redefine the future of sports together. And we understand that this is a two-way street. While we have high expectations and set extraordinary goals for ourselves, we also offer a workplace that allows people to achieve more than what they thought they were capable of.
The benefits we offer are based on our motto “as few rules as necessary, as much flexibility as possible.”
We believe that only when our employees have the best training, benefits, and environment can they work at their best. And this is why we strive to give our people exactly what they need for their job, their work environment and even their daily life to get to where they want to go.
If you want to work from 9 to 5, know at 8:42 a.m. what you will be doing at 4:05 p.m. and not put too much effort into that whole career thing, stop reading now. We are not for you.
We are passion. Everywhere. All the time. We believe that when you push your limits, you make it possible for others to push theirs. That’s passion!
Are you up for it? If you want to challenge yourself, if you want a career that will push your limits, a place where you can transform the world of sport and fashion, then the adidas Group may be your next career destination. And we would love for you to consider us by applying to one of our open positions.
Being a sustainable business is about striking the balance between shareholder expectations and the needs and concerns of our employees, the workers in our supply chain and the environment. We truly believe that acting as a responsible business in society is not only an ethical obligation, but will also contribute to lasting economic success.
We have been working towards sustainability for many years and recognise that the task ahead of us is a marathon, not a sprint. It is about preparedness and setting the right pace, having both the drive and stamina to make the distance. And most of all, it is about endurance: overcoming setbacks and difficulties, keeping the finishing line always in the forefront of our minds.
We value feedback from our stakeholders about our programme and we appreciate positive recognition from international institutions and rating agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and socially responsible investment (SRI) analysts. These organisations evaluate our work through in-depth analysis of the company’s social and environmental programme, including document review and interviews with employees and management.
The following awards demonstrate external recognition and acknowledgement of the adidas Group’s sustainability initiatives worldwide:
2014 – adidas Group #8 among the "Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World" for the 10th time in a row
2013 - adidas AG included in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for 14th time - Industry Leader for 10th time
2013 - Reconfirmed inclusion in the Ethibel PIONEER and Ethibel EXCELLENCE Investment Registers
2012 - Inclusion in the Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for Germany, Austria and Switzerland
2011 – Silver medal for adidas AG as 'Sustainable Retail Company 2011'
2008 – Re-accreditation by the Fair Labor Association
2007 – B.A.U.M. Environmental Award
2006 – adidas Group among Top Employers of the Year
Click here for more info on adidas Group's sustainability initiatives.
To SHINE means “to be bright or reflect light.” And what better way to represent this than gold. This is the standard the adidas Group applies to attracting, training, developing, rewarding, and leading retail talent. It’s the gold standard and we call it SHINE. Through our retail SHINE program you are provided “golden” support from the minute you join through all of your achievements along the retail career ladder.
The underlying theme supporting our approach to people management is sport. Regardless of the brand or division you work within in the adidas Group, we all have one thing in common, our passion and our heritage in sport. And what’s true for winning sports teams is true in adidas Group retail. Our leaders are coaches and we play to win.
Click here to find out more about the retail SHINE program with adidas Group.