ADIDAS PLEDGES 1% OF GLOBAL NET SALES FROM FOOTBALL TO COMMON GOAL UNTIL 2023 TO DRIVE CHANGE FOR GLOBAL FOOTBALL COMMUNITY

New Delhi, 9th July 2021 – adidas announces a long-term partnership with Common Goal to help drive lasting social change for under-served communities, creating a better and more inclusive future through football.

Based on a shared ambition to maximize football’s contribution towards a more equitable and inclusive world, adidas has pledged 1% of its global net sales from footballs to Common Goal until 2023.

Common Goal was launched in 2017 when a single player, Juan Mata of Manchester United and Spain, committed to pledge 1% of his salary to a collective fund that invests in high-impact community organizations that use football to empower young people. The collective has grown to almost 200 players and managers, including Serge Gnabry, Pernille Harder, Paulo Dybala, Timo Werner, Casey Stoney MBE and Jurgen Klopp. To date, over €3M has been generated by the movement and invested in football-based charities that support the United Nations Global Goals.

The organisation will then work with adidas Football Collective – the brand’s purpose platform in football. Together they will use the game to support and grow football communities around the world to accelerate and measure a promise to fight racism and discrimination, power gender equality, foster mental well-being and promote LGBTQ+ inclusion.

Jürgen Griesbeck, CEO and co-founder of Common Goal said: “This partnership with adidas represents a shift in the football industry. Social impact has moved to a high priority for football stakeholders. adidas has shown its leadership by investing in Common Goal and together we can scale and accelerate football’s contribution towards the Global Goals. We believe that anything is possible if we work together as one team.” In the initial three-year period of the partnership, adidas and Common Goal will support grassroots community organizations across the globe, via a network of 140 high-impact football NGO’s in 90 countries. The aim is to directly impact 90,000 lives through a series of projects and strategic focuses concentrated on removing inequality, improving access, and working towards greater gender parity.

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