We are committed to offering sustainable products and brands that reflect the diverse athletes we support. We strive for inclusion and want everyone to see themselves in the products we offer in our stores, online, and through our marketing communications.

DICK’S Responsible Sourcing teammates conduct supplier visits to assess performance, help remediate issues, and provide consulting assistance through educational and outreach training sessions. We aim to help suppliers improve, however, when necessary, we will terminate relationships if we see evidence of serious or persistent poor compliance performance, lack of transparency, or lack of management cooperation.


We’ve made several commitments related to our vendors.

Raising the BarProviding athletes with innovative, responsible products


Attain 100% participation of owned vertical brands in the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) Higg Facility Environmental Module by 2025

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We are committed to offering sustainable products and brands that reflect the diverse athletes we support, and we strive for inclusion and want everyone to see themselves in the products we offer in our stores, online, and through our marketing communications. We are working to increase the sustainable products we offer — products that are made with less energy and water, use recycled materials, and are made in facilities that support the human rights of their workers.

We work with our suppliers to help them meet our high standards of product quality and safety, and our ethical, social, and environmental principles and policies

To learn more about our efforts, see our latest Purpose Playbook.

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315active factories, including 17 in the United States

22countries of operations

9%of our factories are located in high-risk countries based on BSCI criteria


We constantly look for materials with more sustainable attributes and alternatives that meet the high quality and performance our athletes expect.

Our Global Sourcing team is working closely with our vertical brand vendor partners to better understand what materials are going into our soft-line products, the quality of those materials, and how our vendors are performing against our requirements. Preferred attributes could include recycled content, organic content, and responsible fibers. We are also broadening the knowledge of our designers about currently available sustainable fabrics as they begin new projects.


We work to increase the sourcing of products and materials with sustainable attributes to supply our athletes with sustainable products. These are examples of the types of standards you can find within our products.


  • Organic cotton
  • Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
  • Regenerative Organic Certified™ (ROC)
  • Organic wool
  • Textile Exchange (TE) Organic


  • Global Recycled Standard (GRS)
  • Recycled wool
  • Recycled Claim Standard (RCS)
  • Recycled cotton
  • Textile Exchange (TE) Recycled


  • Responsible Woll Standard (RWS)
  • Cotton Made in Africa (CMiA)
  • The Responsible Environment Enhanced Livelihoods Cotton (REEL COTTON)
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
  • Responsible Down Standard (RDS)
  • Advanced Traceable Down Standard
  • Cradle-to-Cradle Certified (material or product)
  • OEKO-TEX® Made in Green
  • OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
  • Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
  • Global Traceable Down Standard

Fair Trade byFair Trade CertifiedTM


Leather Working Group Certification(leather from a Bronze-, Silver-, or Gold-rated tannery only)


We have expanded our partnership with online marketplace SidelineSwap hosting 50 trade-in events in seven states for used sports gear, including gear that wasn’t purchased at DICK’S. The program gives sports gear a second life and helps athletes get the gear they need at a low price. In a survey of DICK’S athletes who attended trade-in events, 100% said they would be interested in reselling their used sports gear at least once per year. The partnership is expanding to additional markets in 2023.

With the online platform Out&Back, DICK’S Sporting Goods and Public Lands launched an in-store buy-back program in select markets for outdoor gear — including some tents, backpacks, skis, and snowboards. Both of these initiatives are funded by DSG Ventures, a $50 million in-house fund that invests in innovative companies that directly serve athletes and communities, or that help DICK’S better serve its own athletes. Beyond capital, we’re also providing these businesses with access to knowledge and insights around distribution reach, operational excellence, and relationships with athletes.


Our approach starts with our Product Safety and Regulatory Compliance Program through which we identify, investigate, and act on potentially unsafe products and strive to continuously improve our offerings.

In an effort to comply with applicable laws, regulatory requirements, and industry standards, we integrate safety into the design of vertical brand products and test them before they reach our stores. In 2022, we introduced a consolidated Vertical Brands Quality Management Manual to further support vertical brand products meeting DICK’S rigorous standards.

We regularly train relevant teammates and/or a portion of our vertical brands vendors on:

  • DICK’S product safety policies, procedures, and requirements
  • Changes and updates to program elements
  • Applicable state and federal regulatory requirements
  • Chemical safety and the restriction of certain substances in our supply chain