Decathlon scores 23.5 out of 100 points. While the company scores highly for policy , its scores in other areas are lower with room for improvement in uptake and especially traceability in its supply chain. Decathlon works to reduce the impact of cotton raw material supply through its membership of BCI and by sourcing organic cotton.
Decathlon’s target is to use 100% cotton from more sustainable sources by 2019 through, for instance, sourcing organic cotton and recycling. Although the company does not have specific policies for addressing impacts of cotton cultivation related to pesticides, water use and biodiversity loss, it addresses these through its membership of BCI and by sourcing organic cotton. The company does not have a policy on water consumption in cotton cultivation. Through its garment collecting initiative and its Rewind project, it recycles pre- and post-consumer cotton fibre waste. Human rights and labour issues are addressed through BCI membership.
In 2016, 14.44% of cotton used by Decathlon was considered more sustainable. This was either organic, recycled or Better Cotton.
Decathlon does not publish information on the absolute volume and origin of cotton used in its products. The company does not provide information on its suppliers (finished product, fabric manufacturers, yarn spinners).