Business Diversity & Inclusion FAQs

Q: Does my business qualify as a diverse-owned business?
To qualify as a diverse-owned business, your company must be at least 51% owned, operated, managed and controlled by a woman, ethnic minority, veteran, LGBTQIA+ person, or a person with disabilities.

Q: How do I become part of Nike’s Business Diversity & Inclusion program?
1. Attain certification as a diverse-owned business, where applicable.
2. Register your company in Nike’s Business Diversity & Inclusion portal to help increase its visibility for potential opportunities to do business with us.

Q: What happens after I register my company?
A Nike contact (Procurement or Business group) will reach out to you if/when relevant project opportunities arise that match your company’s profile. If you are a new supplier to Nike, the contract onboarding process will begin in advance of project inception.

Q: Does registering with the Business Diversity & Inclusion program ensure that Nike will do business with me?
After a company is registered, Nike teams review the information and determine if there are any opportunity matches. There is no guarantee of business, and contracts are only awarded after a thorough vetting process.

Q: Does Nike require diversity certifications?
Yes. Suppliers must acquire and maintain valid certification(s) from our partner councils and/or associations, when appropriate. Suppliers are required to show proof of certification and indicate the expiration date. If a supplier is not able to provide proper documentation of their certification, then they must legally attest to their diverse status by signing a Nike Affidavit in the registration process.

Q: How do I get certified? How does Nike handle international diverse suppliers?
Contact the appropriate diversity council — and diversity classification — for your region. You can find Nike’s partner councils on Purpose.Nike.com, by searching for “Business Diversity”.

Q: Is there any advantage to working with Nike as a diverse supplier?
Absolutely! Nike is a purpose-driven organization, and we’re dedicated to fostering an inclusive culture of belonging and creating an environment in which every voice matters. We’re also committed to building a diverse talent pipeline and providing all of our suppliers with the resources, support and mentorship necessary to thrive and grow.

Q: Do you consider small businesses to be a diversity category?
No — at least not on its own. If you are a small and diverse-owned business, then we encourage you to register.

Q: What type of industries is Nike looking to work with?
We are currently looking for diverse-owned suppliers in all industries.

Q: Is there a cost to participate in Nike’s Business Diversity & Inclusion program?
No. There is no cost to participate in our program, but there are some variable costs associated with diversity certifications.

Q: Does Nike post upcoming opportunities for suppliers?
No. Nike does not typically share upcoming opportunities, as strategies can change often. For this reason, it’s imperative that you keep your information up to date in the Business Diversity & Inclusion portal.

Q: Can you share a contact name for commodity categories?
No, our team cannot share that information unless authorized. We recommend that you register on our portal to begin your relationship with Nike.

Q: I’ve lost my Business Diversity & Inclusion portal login. What should I do?
Visit nike.suppliergateway.com, and click on the “Forgot Your Password” link.

For any additional questions, diverse suppliers can contact us, via email, at business.DI@Nike.com. One of our Nike teammates will get back to you as soon as possible.