Lacoste: a world of elegance

Lacoste has an excellent, global reputation, present in 98 countries and in the digital world with 32 online stores.

Our key figures in 2019
  • 1,100

    stores
  • 98

    countries
  • 32

    online stores
  • 15,000

    sales outlets
  • 8,500

    employees

Our presence in the world

Paris, HQ San Juan Yokote Troyes Saint-André-les-Vergers Saint-Pierre-le-Moûtier Vaucouleurs

Present in this country

Own Manufacturing Units

Our presence in the world

  • 1,840

    employees
  • 21%

    of total workforce
  • 198

    stores
  • 5

    online stores
  • 4972

    sales outlets
  • 4,654

    employees
  • 55%

    of total workforce
  • 379

    stores
  • 88

    online stores
  • 7,476

    sales outlets
  • 2,006

    employees
  • 24%

    of total workforce
  • 504

    stores
  • 7

    online stores
  • 2,065

    sales outlets

Americas

EMEA

APAC

  • 1,840

    employees
  • 21%

    of total workforce
  • 198

    stores
  • 5

    online stores
  • 4972

    sales outlets

Americas

EMEA

APAC

  • 4,654

    employees
  • 55%

    of total workforce
  • 379

    stores
  • 88

    online stores
  • 7,476

    sales outlets

Americas

EMEA

APAC

  • 2,006

    employees
  • 24%

    of total workforce
  • 504

    stores
  • 7

    online stores
  • 2,065

    sales outlets

Passion as a legacy

Lacoste is steeped in a creative spirit. Whether in the design of products, how they are manufactured, or the sourcing of raw materials, we identify new invention drivers throughout the lifecycle of our clothing.
But what makes the crocodile so smart, is that it builds this creativity on two immutable values passed down by René Lacoste himself: excellence and elegance.

A virtuous ecosystem

Lacoste is more than a brand. It is designed as an ecosystem within which teams, suppliers and partners all collaborate. We are proud of the interdependence that binds us, and believe that this is what will help us rise to the challenges of the world today.  To reinforce our strategy and guarantee compliance with laws and ethical standards in how we do business, we rely on three pillars:

  • Our “Fair Play Every Day” Code of Conduct, which details the rules applied to the Group’s employees and partners.
  • Our Anticorruption Code of Conduct, which outlines the frame of reference for preventing and fighting corruption for all our employees.
  • Our Partner Ethics Charter, which commits our partners to responsible human and economic relations.

Awareness initiatives and training programs have been developed to make it easier for everyone to adopt and understand the principles detailed in these documents on a daily basis.

In an effort to enable employees and third-party players to highlight violations of the law or failures to adhere to the “Fair Play Every Day” Code of Conduct and the Anticorruption Code of Conduct, Lacoste has introduced an external whistleblowing system available in several languages:

Information confidentiality is guaranteed throughout all stages of the whistleblowing process.

Counterfeit goods: a major challenge

A crocodile never goes unnoticed. This is why it inspires such admiration and, despite itself, a series of counterfeit goods. These fake reproductions are sold in parallel markets outside of the Lacoste distribution networks. We have therefore created a special taskforce within our teams to fight against the counterfeiting of Lacoste products across the world in cooperation with the relevant local authorities.

Intellectual Property Department is working on a technical solution that will enable consumers to verify the authenticity of the products themselves and therefore to avoid unauthorized reproductions.

The crocodile bares its teeth

The protection of our brand also relies on our collective action:

A guarantee of authenticity
In an effort to guarantee authenticity, quality and service, Lacoste distributes its products through a global network of accredited retailers. You can can find a store near you using our store locator.
Find a store

Contact us
If you want to tell us about a product that seems suspicious due to its appearance, quality, price or origin, you can contact us here by selecting the subject “Brand Protection.” Indicate the circumstances of the purchase (date, place, etc.) and add photos of the place and the product if possible. We guarantee your information will be kept confidential. Lacoste thanks you for helping to protect its brand.

COMPLIANCE

Durable quality

A Lacoste product is the result of almost 100 years of expertise that bestows its heritage on the wearer. Our products keep working their magic because we respect this heritage and comply with the very highest quality standards.

By applying REACH standards to all Lacoste products, we strive to go beyond regulations, particularly with regard to hypoallergenic standards:

  • Since 2013, we have taken part in projects with the AFIRM Group to reduce the use of chemical substances in the clothing and footwear sector.
  • Since 2020, we have supported the actions of ChemSec against the PFAs (perfluoroalkyls and polyfluoroalkyls) present in certain fabrics, which are suspected of containing endocrine disruptors.

Our quality tests? Drastic

Our Lacoste quality standards include checks throughout the production chain.

We are introducing testing plans for the most common products.
We test our products in accredited laboratories, examining aspects such as durability performance, quality, and the safety of substances they may contain (dyes).

Our Quality teams are in the field throughout the year, assessing factories to ensure the quality of our products. Quality controllers are trained by Lacoste and specialised in our products to carry out systematic checks.

All production sites are audited to assess their organisational quality to make sure the Lacoste standards are being respected. This compliance of factory organisation to our standards ensures the regularity and high level of quality of our production on a daily basis.

An ethical charter

Lacoste makes it a point of honour to carry out its operations within an ethical framework.
As a member of the United Nations Global Compact since 2012, LACOSTE has led its actions according to its 10 major principles and those of the leading international reference texts:

  • The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the two additional international pacts relating to civil and political rights and to economic, social and cultural rights.
  • The eight fundamental agreements of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
  • The Guiding Principles of the OECD.
  • The United States Convention Against Corruption.
  • The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development.

Our Partner Ethics Charter, which must be signed by all our partners, defines the standards that apply in all circumstances to Lacoste partners, and more particularly within the supply chain, to guarantee that:

  • Employees are treated with respect and dignity in a working environment that ensures their health and safety.
  • Production and service operations are carried out in a way that is as respectful as possible to environment while upholding animal welfare for raw materials sourced from animal farming.
  • Trade relations with partners are free from all manipulation, corruption, inside influence, extortion or embezzlement, and more generally any illicit practices.

Lacoste is a participant to the AAFA/FLA Apparel & Footwear Industry Commitment to Responsible Recruitment.

Audits requested by Lacoste are carried out semi-announced by independent auditing firms according to ICS standards (Initiative for Compliance and Sustainability) to check social and environmental compliance of production sites.

All active factories are covered by a social compliance audit. All active factories with wet processes are covered by an environmental audit.

All factories are accompanied by Lacoste in corrective action plans implementation when non conformities are identified. In cases of serious nonconformities, the provider’s contract can be terminated.

The list of all factories manufacturing LACOSTE products can be viewed here (Last update Feb. 28th 2021)

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ICS is an international sector-based initiative that aims to improve working conditions throughout the global supply chains of its member. It is comprised of 45 international brands and labels, in the textile, retail, footwear, electronics and furnishings sectors.

The members of ICS collaborate using group tools to share audits and best practices.

Lacoste plays an active role in the different working groups and was elected to the ICS steering committee in 2019.

Anyone wishing to highlight actions that go against the principles defined as part of our Code of Conduct or our Partner Ethical Charter can do so by reaching us here.
The information will be directly transferred to the Group’s compliance manager who must adhere to the principle of total confidentiality.

Lacoste publishes an annual Extra-Financial Performance Declaration, in compliance with its legal obligations.

CSR Governance

The Lacoste sustainable development strategy is steered by an internal team led by Frédéric Lecoq, Global CSR VP , reporting to Catherine Spindler, EVP Global Marketing & Branding and an Excom member. In close collaboration with the company’s different management departments, the CSR team rolls out and pilots the defined priorities. The Executive Committee is the sponsor of and responsible for this strategy and its application.

Please write to csr@lacoste.com for more information about the LACOSTE CSR strategy.