Through a variety of processes, including stakeholder consultation and lifecycle assessment, we have identified our most significant impact areas. 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.
ENERGY & CLIMATE
Climate change is perhaps the ultimate systems-wide challenge, in that the ‘system’ is our entire planet. Indeed, climate change and the related issue of ever-increasing energy demand pose challenges to our business, our industry and society as a whole.
At NIKE, Inc., reducing our own contributions toward climate change is a primary aim of our sustainability strategy. 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.
Our aim is to drive innovation, collaboration and public policy advocacy to deliver carbon reductions across the value chain.
NIKE, Inc. has worked to improve labor conditions in our footwear, apparel and equipment supply chains for more than 15 years.
We have been working with contract factories to build their human resources management skills and help them reach even higher levels of economic, social and environmental performance. Our work has centered around three fronts:
- Working conditions in factories: environment, safety and health
- Labor rights, freedoms and protections
- Workers’ lives outside of the factory, and living conditions in their communities
Our aim is to transform our working relationship with contracted factories to incentivize changes that benefit their workers, instill changes in our code, instigate innovation, educate to build management capabilities, address root causes in our own processes, work with the industry, and reward factories’ progressive achievement.
We are committed to making our 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 our work to eliminate, reduce and responsibly manage hazardous chemicals in our supply chain.
Our aim is to minimize the impact of product ingredients throughout the lifecycle.
Water stewardship – including attention to water quantity an quality – is an essential part of our sustainability strategy. We are working to design products from materials that require less water to produce, and helping material vendors and contract factories to reduce their water-related impacts and eliminate hazardous substances from discharge into water.
Our aim is to borrow water responsibly and return it clean to communities.
At NIKE, Inc. we define waste as any material purchase 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.
Our ultimate, long-term vision is the conversion of raw materials into finished products with zero waste, as well as “closing the loop” on materials use – that is, using only materials that can be fully recycled.
Our aim is to use less and buy less to reduce impact across the value chain.
We believe in the power of human potential. We are leveraging the size and reach of our brands to effect positive long-term changes that empower and support the communities which we live, work and play.
Our aim is to deliver focused areas of impact through innovation, partnership, advocacy and movement making, with a stable source of funding to allow for a portfolio of innovation to scale and flourish.