Parker also transitioned NIKE, Inc.’s Sustainable Business & Innovation function into the company’s core innovation function last summer, signaling the enterprise-wide role sustainable innovation will play in NIKE’s future.Progress on current goals include:
- Advancement on CO2-reduction target of 20 percent per unit from FY11 levels through FY15, by reaching a 13 percent reduction through end of FY13.
- Surpassing targets on water-efficiency goals with contract factories that manufacture footwear. Results included factories using 23 percent less water per unit in FY13 compared to FY11 – against a goal of a 15 percent reduction through FY15
- Focusing efforts on more sustainable materials through new innovations (including ColorDry which eliminates water and process chemicals from materials dyeing and Flyknit technology which substantially reduces waste), through industry and government collaboration (including the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and LAUNCH) and through its own design processes (including product and material tools).
- Pursuing greener chemistries with materials suppliers and contracted factories through an agreement with bluesign® to open up its chemical formulation database, enabling access to 30,000 environmentally-better materials.
- Sourcing from contract factories that meet the standards set out in the Sourcing & Manufacturing Sustainability Index NIKE released in FY12, which elevated sustainability (including labor and environmental metrics) as an equal performance measure, alongside quality, cost and delivery. Through FY13 68 percent of contract factories were rated bronze or better on the index. NIKE’s FY20 target is to only source from contract factories reaching bronze or better.
The summary report is available on an interactive web experience at http://www.nikeresponsibility.com. The site features a lifecycle assessment comparing three different footwear styles over a five-year period showing reductions in energy (-24 percent), emissions (-21 percent), water (-13 percent), waste (-35 percent), and chemicals (-20 percent) resulting from changes in design, materials and manufacturing processes. It also includes access to a searchable database of all contracted factories, including details of location and workforce.NIKE first began reporting its environmental and social performance in 2001. Its work to embed and scale sustainable innovation across the company and its contract supply chain were recently examined in case studies through Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business. Today’s report is NIKE’s sixth and was informed by feedback from a panel of external reviewers with broad expertise, including representatives from nongovernmental organizations and academia to business, open data and consumer advocates. About NIKE, Inc. NIKE, Inc., based near Beaverton, Ore., is the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned NIKE, Inc. subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes surf and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit www.nikeinc.com and follow @Nike.