Adidas France leaves its Strasbourg headquarters and repatriates all its offices to Paris

Adidas France announced Thursday to the 140 employees of its headquarters in Strasbourg during an extraordinary CSE the consolidation of all its office activities in Paris by September 2024, a decision denounced by the staff and the elected officials.

«Adidas France today shared with all of its employees the project to regroup, by 2024, teams on a new single site, dedicated to employees, customers and partners, in Paris.“, writes the company in a press release, specifying that the reflection had been initiated in April. Rooted in Alsace since 1959, Adidas inaugurated its new headquarters with great fanfare in 2018 in the Wacken business district in Strasbourg, at the foot of the European Parliament. Employees wishing to stay in Alsace will be offered a telework scheme, with three to eight days per month of presence in Paris depending on the positions occupied. “Our goal is to allow employees in Strasbourg to continue their career at adidas while strengthening our corporate culture with a single site dedicated to all.“says Mathieu Sidokpohou, General Manager Southern Europe.

This evokes aunprecedented flexibility in terms of telework». «This announcement is hard for us, it’s a lot of emotion, there is solidarity between colleagues, many have seniority“Reacted to AFP an employee, employee of the brand for 15 years, who wished to remain anonymous. “Adidas se normalise…» «They proposed a lot of telework, but without a local solution: you go X days a month to Paris, but the rest of the time you are alone at home, without your colleagues… Many employees do not enter into this logic and want a way out“, he added.

At the beginning of June, when the rumor of a departure from the Alsatian capital had been revealed by the regional daily The Latest News from Alsace, elected Alsatians from several political sides had publicly expressed their concern. “We can only be opposed to this approach and ask that it be reconsidered.“, had written in a joint letter the EELV mayor of Strasbourg Jeanne Barseghian, the LR president of the Grand Est Region Jean Rottner and other local elected officials. Adidas has not produced in France since the 1990s but still has 730 employees in France.

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