Sportswear brand Nike has published its latest Impact Report for the fiscal year 2019, which highlights that the company has made good headway in mitigating resource consumption, increasing its use of ‘sustainable’ materials and supporting those in its supply chain.
Notably, the company has reduced its water usage in textile dyeing and finishing by a quarter in the past five year and has concurrently increased its use of renewable energy at owned or operated facilities by 13 per cent in the same period.
“If there is no planet, there is no sport,” said recently appointed CEO, John Donahoe. “It is this understanding that drives the urgency of our commitment to sustainability and impact.”
The work is grounded in our commitment to transparency, a tradition that is not only important to the long-term health of the company, but also for our people — our consumers, our employees and those in our supply chain — and the planet.
The sum of the parts reflects the principles that guide every decision Nike makes. The driving philosophy of an impact report — setting benchmarks, reporting results, then improving when we fall short — reflects an athlete’s mindset. As a company that exists to serve athletes, Nike also sets targets and leverages metrics to accelerate the path to a healthy planet, active communities and an equal playing field for all.
The latest Impact Report, covering Nike’s fiscal year 2019 reflects the progress we’re making to reach our diversity & inclusion, community and sustainability targets for 2020. Highlights include:
- We increased Vice President (VP)-level representation of women globally to 39%, up by 3 percentage points from 2018, and increased VP-level representation of U.S. underrepresented groups to 21%, up by 2 percentage points.
- Through Made to Play, we’ve helped get more than 17 million kids moving with our community partners. And, because we know a quality coach can make all the difference in a kid’s experience, we helped train nearly 100,000 coaches.
- We are on track to reach our goal of using 100% renewable energy in owned or operated facilities globally by 2025. In North America, we are now powering our owned or operated facilities with 100% renewable energy.
- A skilled, valued and engaged workforce is key for growth and sustainability. In 2019, 45 factories in 11 countries participated in the Nike Engagement and Wellbeing survey, reaching over 270,000 people. The results help our suppliers continue to evolve their factories in ways that improve their employees’ experience.
Our commitment to purpose is a journey and we’re proud of the progress we’ve made — but there’s no finish line. We challenge ourselves to rise above our own standards. Just as an athlete would.