Ethical Performance
inside intelligence for responsible business


March 2001

Adidas has agreed to send a senior manager to talk to members of the European Parliament about its ethical supply chain monitoring in Indonesia.

The move follows criticisms of the German-based clothing company by some MEPs last November when it sent a representative from an auditing firm, rather than a senior staff member, to give evidence to the first European Parliament hearing on ethical business practices (EP7, 2000).

Adidas has now had talks with the hearing’s rapporteur, MEP Richard Howitt, and has agreed to meet interested MEPs in the first half of this year to answer questions about how it monitors Indonesian suppliers.

Howitt told EP: ‘They apologised and said they got it wrong, and we accepted that apology in good faith. We will now have a separate hearing and engage with them.’

Nestlé, also criticised for not sending a representative to the original hearing, has already sent a senior manager to talk to the hearing’s chairman, Joaquim Miranda, about the marketing of baby milk substitutes in Pakistan.


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