Fostering A Culture of Health and Safety

Our culture of teamwork at Nike extends throughout our supply chain, where we want our supplier teams to feel safe, healthy and happy.


We believe that working in an environment where workers feel physically and emotionally safe is a fundamental right. Our vision is to provide a safe, hygienic and healthy workplace, develop safety management systems and foster a strong Culture of Safety in Nike facilities, as well as the supplier factories and facilities within Nike’s supply chain. Achieving this vision requires active engagement across all levels of the organization, and an informed and well-trained workforce that understands the hazards of the job and how to perform their work safely.


Additionally, we believe workers should have competency, confidence and tools to report unsafe conditions and behaviors, and the right and responsibility to stop work when there is potentially unsafe equipment or conditions.


At Nike, we believe that although there is no finish line, there is a clear starting line, as well as continual milestones for Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S). We have developed a Code of Conduct and Code Leadership Standards that lay out the minimum OH&S standards we expect our suppliers to meet. These minimum standards are the foundation for the OH&S Management System we apply to our owned or operated facilities. We also factor these standards into our sourcing strategies in how we evaluate supplier performance and how we determine the contract manufacturers and material suppliers with whom we will engage and grow our business.


In 2017, we updated our Code of Conduct to better reflect our priorities, including those regarding the health and safety of workers, and to further align with the expectations of key stakeholders for Nike and our industry.


The foundation of our safety management system is based on implementation of the Nike Code of Conduct, Code Leadership Standards and local law. We monitor Nike-owned and -operated facilities and contract manufacturers through external audits and internal assessments.

Code of Conduct
Code Leadership Standards

Establishing a Culture of Safety is a journey, and individual factories and facilities are at different stages. We see gaps in implementation as opportunities to develop management skills and tools to close gaps and improve performance.


Additionally, we work closely with Better Work – a joint initiative of the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group – including its program in Cambodia, Better Factories Cambodia, to advance issues of health and safety in our factories. This helps us address issues that are prevalent country-wide. For example, we work with Better Factories Cambodia and our suppliers to implement Ministry of Labor requirements to alleviate conditions such as poor worker nutrition, mass psychosis, fatigue, and heat stress.


In FY17, we launched our Culture of Safety initiative, which focuses on developing safety leadership and enabling workers to get involved in their safety and health programs. To help achieve this objective, we integrated Culture of Safety into our Nike Lean Management Framework to ensure that health and safety strategies are a top business priority. We use our Culture of Safety Maturity Assessment (CoSMA) tool to help suppliers understand and advance their safety and health practices.

Contract Manufacturing: Areas of Focus

Fire safety, building safety and occupational health issues are the highest health and safety risks in our industry. We require our suppliers to adopt fire prevention and emergency action plans to protect workers at all times. We collaborated with the Fair Labor Association and Institute of Occupational Safety and Health on a global initiative to develop and implement a portfolio of fire prevention and fire safety tools for factories everywhere.


Buildings must be constructed or retrofitted according to the laws of the manufacturing country, international standards (if local laws do not exist), or certified structural engineering construction approvals.


Additionally, we require our suppliers to anticipate, recognize, evaluate and control occupational health and hygiene hazards in the workplace, use routine monitoring and analytical methods to determine the potential health effects of hazards that are present in the workplace, and control worker exposure to these health hazards.


When a factory is not up to our health and safety standards, we respond immediately and work with factories to fix problems. If the factory still doesn’t comply, we responsibly divest from them, taking our business elsewhere.