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Month October 2014

The Sustainability of Athletic Wear Brands’ Supply Chain

The SSC Team October 31, 2014 Strategic Sustainability Consulting No comments

Two weeks ago we introduced SSC’s latest peer benchmarking analysis, and last week we introduced an in-depth look at three of the six dimensions – governance, environment, and workplace that we analyzed during our process. This week we will finish our analysis of each dimension with today’s focus being on supply chain.

In order to have a sustainable supply chain, a company must analyze its supply chain in terms of environment, risk, and waste costs. As sustainable supply chains become more crucial to companies, the notion of long-term profitability has taken center stage. What SSC looks for in our peer benchmarking process is that the supply chain is focused on four categories: materials stewardship, green purchasing, social standards, and supplier engagement.

Overview of the Supply Chain Dimension


  • Nike – 14
  • Adidas – 21
  • Puma – 17
  • Lululemon – 14
  • Under Armour – 5

The supply chain dimension is strong overall with each company recording points in the three of the four categories: social standards, supplier engagement, and materials stewardship. While green purchasing is a major theme for many companies, it is not highlighted and requires substantial website searching to find a policy.

Materials Stewardship

All five companies address materials stewardship, with Nike, Adidas, Puma, and Lululemon leading the way. Under Armour briefly mentions a materials stewardship policy. The four leading companies in this category do an excellent job with stating a clear policy on materials stewardship and all have at least one supporting program to back up the policy. Nike, Adidas, and Puma also supply some data on materials stewardship, which is also included in their sustainability reports.

Green Purchasing

The category of green purchasing was an interesting one. It is evident that all the companies are striving to make their products as sustainable as possible, but finding information to verify those claims is difficult. Excessive clicking through these companies’ websites reveals that Nike, Adidas, Puma, and Lululemon address green purchasing. Every company has at least one policy on the subject and a program as well, but the details aren’t always readily available.

Social Standards

Social standards are a strong category for many companies. Two companies – Adidas and Puma – received top points in this category.  Nike was not too far behind, but they do not provide as detailed performance data like Adidas and Puma. Lululemon and Under Armour both scored some points as well in the social standards category, but only due to a strong policy. Meanwhile these two companies lack examples of programs or data.

Supplier Engagement

As far as categories are concerned Adidas once again scored top points, but this time coming from supplier engagement. Puma and Lululemon are not far behind Adidas, but they both lack any sort of performance data. Nike and Under Armour received the lowest amount of points since Nike only has a brief policy mention and a supporting program. Under Armour only has one strong policy.

Click here to catch up on the governance dimension, environment dimension, workplace dimension, community dimension, and product dimension.

Featured Member – Tellus Apartments

Tara Hughes October 4, 2014 Industry News No comments


LIVE BRILLIANTLY. It’s easy being green at LEED Gold Tellus Apartments, where smart living is the new norm. From start to every hand-selected natural finish, the building is thoughtfully designed with sustainability and environmental friendliness top of mind.

TELLUS APARTMENTS. Even the building’s name is inspired by a green theme – Tellus is the Roman goddess of the earth – reflecting the property’s overt commitment to existing in harmony with the world around it. From its integrated roof terraces and garden patios to inspired feature elements – like a custom constellation wall and centering yoga studio – and its multi-modal connectivity, this is the definition of an idyllic retreat in an ideal location.

Learn more below about what makes us the leading edge of LEED.


  • LEED Gold certification
  • Walkable, urban location
  • Non-smoking building
  • Centralized, energy-efficient heating and cooling systems
  • Low VOC paints, stains, and sealants throughout
  • Energy-efficient windows and exterior building materials
  • Water conserving, low-flow faucets and fixtures
  • Energy Star rated appliances and light fixtures
  • 100% rainwater recycling
  • Native and drought-resistant landscaping
  • Motion-activated lighting in common areas
  • 20%+ of building materials regionally-sourced / recycled
  • 35%+ of energy from green providers
  • 90%+ of construction debris diverted from landfills

LEED Certified


The Tellus is the city’s first LEED Gold-certified mixed-use building, offering an uncommon variety of amenities and sustainable building features in a landmark setting.