Our Impacts

As we evaluate and manage our key impacts, we develop a better understanding of how interrelated they are and how an integrated approach to product design and process innovation can yield benefits across multiple impact areas.
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We understand our business and its value chain have environmental and social impacts that can be reduced by working to change the status quo. We have worked across our operations – from design to delivery, manufacturing to travel – to understand where our actions have the greatest impact and where we can influence the greatest change.

Energy & Climate

Climate change and the related issue of ever-increasing energy demand pose challenges to our business, our industry and society. At NIKE, Inc., reducing our own contributions toward climate change is a primary aim of our sustainability strategy. We’ve been working for well over a decade to understand, track and decrease energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across our value chain and to share what we’ve learned with others. But we know that doesn’t go far enough, so we also work to provide leadership in the business community, and beyond, toward climate stability. Read more about our energy and climate initiatives.

Labor

For more than 15 years, we’ve been on a journey to understand the important role we can play in helping create an environment of collaboration, partnership and transparency to improve the lives of workers in contract factories around the world. We focus on working with long-term, strategic suppliers that demonstrate a commitment to worker engagement and well-being. We expect factories that make our products to comply with all requirements in our Code of Conduct and provide strong incentives for improving their labor performance. We know that the entire labor system, including other brands, NGOs, government and factory leaders, must come together to effect long-term change; and we are committed to that work. Read more about our labor initiatives.

Chemistry

We are committed to making Nike products in ways that protect workers, consumers and the environment – all while delivering the high quality and performance for which we are known. One aspect of this commitment is to eliminate, reduce and responsibly manage hazardous chemicals in our supply chain. In addition to our Restricted Substance List (RSL), which details chemical compounds that cannot be present in any finished Nike product, we have programs in place that promote the use of “green chemistry,” encourage better choices in the design of products, and empower and encourage our vendors and contract factories to identify toxics in their processes and find alternatives. Read more about our green chemistry initiatives.

Water

Water stewardship – including attention to water quantity and quality – is an essential part of Nike’s sustainability strategy. We are working to design products from materials that require less water to produce as well as help material vendors and contract factories to reduce their water-related impacts, and eliminate hazardous substances from discharging into water. One way we're doing this is through innovations like Nike ColorDry technology, a revolutionary way to dye fabric that uses zero water while delivering unprecedented color. Not only does ColorDry save water, it eliminates the use of process chemicals used in the traditional dyeing process. Innovations like ColorDry will help us reach our ultimate goal to borrow water responsibly and return it clean to communities. Read more about our water initiatives.

Waste

At NIKE, Inc. we define waste as any material purchased anywhere in our supply chain that does not ultimately end up as a useful component of product, or cannot be reused at the end of product life. This includes packaging, shipping material and product samples, in addition to a wide range of manufacturing waste - such as scrap fabric, leather and rubber. This definition – which is broader than most companies’ – forces us to think about waste at all points across our value chain. Through innovative new manufacturing methods like Nike Flyknit technology, which revolutionized the age-old craft of shoemaking by knitting shoe uppers with single strands of yarn, we are reducing manufacturing waste compared to traditional methods. Our ultimate, long-term vision is to create finished products with zero waste, as well as “closing the loop” on materials use – that is, using only materials that can be fully recycled. Read more about our waste reduction initiatives.

Community

We leverage the power of our employees, brands, consumers and partners to support organizations and collaborations that create positive long-term changes that expand access to sport, empower adolescent girls in the developing world, and support the communities in which we live, work and play. Through work such as the Girl Declaration – informed by more than 500 girls in more than a dozen countries, and by experts from 25 of the world's leading development organizations – we are putting forth a call to action to put girls at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda. We continue to focus on finding the most effective and innovative approaches and programs for driving meaningful change in communities. Learn more about our community initiatives.