PUMA engages in substantive dialogues with its internal and external stakeholders and integrates their feedback in the decision-making process. Regional teams identify, map and prioritize their stakeholders. The consolidated information shows the engagement priority for each stakeholder. During the year 2018, we did not conduct a global stakeholder dialogue meeting, but instead focused on our annual supplier round-table meetings in all major sourcing regions as well as interviews and a stakeholder survey as part of our updated materiality analysis.
The stakeholders with whom PUMA engages include employees, NGOs (international and local), suppliers, workers / unions, academia, trade / industry associations, investors, consumers, international institutions, retailers, external monitors, service providers and the media.
PUMA continues to place a strong emphasis on industry collaboration. Therefore, PUMA engages throughout the year with a number of international organizations including the Better Work Program, the Fair Labor Association, the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Foundation, the Apparel and Footwear International Restricted Substances List Management Group as well as the United Nations Climate Secreteriat. In addition, we partner with relevant certification organizations regarding the use of specific materials, such as bluesign® Technologies, the Leather Working Group, the Better Cotton Initiative, the Forest Stewardship Council and Textile Exchange.