How We Stand Up for Equality

At Nike, we are committed to fostering an inclusive culture and breaking down barriers for athletes* around the world.

 

We celebrate diversity and strive to create equal playing fields for all. Our work to promote equality starts with our employees and the people who make our products, and extends to people in the communities where we live and work. We know that we won’t prevail Until We All Win.

We invest in communities.

Over the past five* years, we’ve invested $417 million to drive positive impact around the world – $130 million of which helped advance equality and level the playing field for all. We proudly support national and local organizations that focus on education, leadership development, coaching, city league sport programs, mentorship and other community initiatives.

 

NIKE, Inc. recently announced a $40 million commitment over the next four years to support the Black community in the U.S. on behalf of the Nike, Jordan and Converse brands collectively. Michael Jordan and Jordan Brand will also donate $100 million over the next 10 years to organizations dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.

Creating lasting change doesn’t happen alone or overnight, and that’s why we partner with world-class organizations that are dedicated to advancing this work, such as PeacePlayers, Jackie Robinson Foundation, MENTOR and the Human Rights Campaign. The Nike Foundation is proud to have been a founding donor of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and an ongoing supporter of the Girl Effect. As part of our commitment to support youth changemakers, the Nike Foundation donated $5 million to the Obama Foundation in January as well.

 

We also partner with grassroots organizations to help give a voice to underrepresented communities around the world — such as Sported and Football Beyond Borders in London; Sport dans la Ville and PLAY International in Paris; and Buntkicktgut in Berlin.

 

The Until We All Win community investment program is a direct reflection of what our eight Employee Networks, collectively known as NikeUNITED, stand for: our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the communities where we live and work. The grants, totaling $4 million per year, support nonprofits that work to advance equality in cities throughout North America. Intersectionality is a key consideration in our grantmaking, as it enables us to create more impact in each of the eight communities we support — individuals of all abilities; Asian American, Middle East and Pacific Islander communities; the Black community; the Latinx community; our military and veterans communities; Native American and Indigenous communities; the LGBTQIA+ community; and girls and women.

We support our employees.

At Nike, we aspire to be a leader in building a diverse, inclusive team and culture. When our employees feel included, respected and empowered, they turn their passion and creativity into innovation that helps us better serve all athletes.

 

Through our NikeUNITED Networks, we bring together employees and allies with unique experiences and perspectives, promote cultural awareness and help advance the development of their members.

 

We set representation goals that focus on seeing more diversity at all levels. In FY19, Nike increased VP-level representation of women by 3 percentage points (up to 39%) and our VP-level representation of underrepresented groups in the U.S. by 2 percentage points (up to 21%).

 

We strive for equal pay among all our employees. In FY19, we maintained a 1:1 pay equity for women globally and for underrepresented groups in the U.S.

 

We also invest in professional development — and making educational resources available to everyone — to support all employees who want to advance and grow their careers at Nike. And we expect all of our teams to embrace and accelerate inclusion. When we say that Black Lives Matter, it applies to our Black teammates within Nike and to the world outside of Nike.

 

By celebrating our individual strengths and our diversity, we know that we are stronger when we come together as one team.

We protect human rights in our supply chain.

We’re dedicated to making our products ethically and more sustainably. That’s why Nike builds long term relationships with suppliers who share our respect for people and the environment. We work with suppliers that create positive experiences for their employees through a commitment to human rights and an ongoing focus on creating an engaged workforce.

 

Our expectations of suppliers are outlined in Nike’s Code of Conduct and Code Leadership Standards, which include guidelines for fair pay and detail zero tolerance for any form of child or forced labor. We regularly evolve our Code to advance our standards, which meet or exceed International Labour Organization (ILO) guidelines. We also carefully track supplier compliance and share detailed information about performance in the annual Nike Impact Report.

 

We are also committed to collective action because we know that the industry must come together to create better, more consistent conditions for people working in factories globally. Nike is an original and accredited member of the Fair Labor Association and a member of industry organizations such as the Institute for Human Rights and Business’ Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment (LGRR) and the Responsible Business Alliance’s Responsible Labor Initiative (RLI).

* The five-year period reflects NIKE, Inc.’s fiscal years from 2015 to 2019.

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