Sustainability Commitments

Nike is a member of a number of corporate responsibility and sustainability organizations and we are committed to solving critical issues that affect the people in our value chain. Below is an outline of our commitments.

Energy & Emissions

The Ceres BICEP Network comprises influential companies advocating for stronger climate and clean energy policies at the state and federal level in the U.S.

Year signed: 2009

Valuing Natural Capital

The Corporate Eco Forum and The Nature Conservancy worked with 24 major companies to agree to incorporate ecosystems and biodiversity into their business strategies.

Year signed: 2012

We Mean Business

We Mean Business is a coalition of organizations working to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy by forming a common platform to amplify the business voice, catalyze bold climate action by all and promote smart policy frameworks.

Year signed: 2014


RE100 is a collaborative, global initiative of influential businesses committed to 100% renewable electricity, working to massively increase demand for – and delivery of – renewable energy.

Year signed: 2015

The Better Buildings Challenge

The Better Buildings Challenge works with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation’s homes, commercial buildings and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment and sharing of successful best practices.

Year signed: 2015

Commitments to Paris Climate Agreement

A collection of businesses and investors who have re-affirmed their deep commitment to addressing climate change through the implementation of the historic Paris Climate Agreement.

Year signed: 2016

We Are Still In

“We Are Still In” is an open letter to the international community restating our commitment to the Paris Agreement.

Year signed: 2017

Oregon Business Alliance for Climate

The Oregon Business Alliance for Climate is a statewide initiative focused on mobilizing industry support and business leadership towards advancing climate policy and instituting a price on carbon emissions while investing in Oregon’s clean economy.

Year signed: 2018

Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action under the auspices of UN Climate Change

The Fashion Industry Charter was launched at COP24 in Katowice, Poland, in December 2018 and contains the vision to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. As a signatory, Nike shares this ambition and commits to pursuing a target of 30% GHG emission reduction by 2030 and a commitment to analyze and set a decarbonization pathway for the fashion industry drawing on methodologies from the Science-Based Targets Initiative.

Year signed: 2019

Science Based Targets Initiative

More than 600 companies, including 21 from the apparel sector, have committed to or have approved setting ambitious emissions reduction targets through the Science Based Targets initiative, a partnership between CDP, WRI, WWF and the UN Global Compact. Businesses who commit have two years to develop science-based targets, which are then reviewed by the initiative’s team of experts.

Approved: August 2019


The CEO Water Mandate is our commitment to water stewardship, exemplified by joining the UNGC and reporting annually on progress against six elements: Direct Operations, Supply Chain and Watershed Management, Collective Action, Public Policy, Community Engagement and Transparency.

Year signed: 2008


AFIRM provides a forum to advance the global management of restricted substances in apparel and footwear, communicate information about the AFIRM restricted substances list to the supply chain, discuss concerns, and exchange ideas for improving the AFIRM restricted substances list management.

Year signed: 2004

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Foundation

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Foundation takes a holistic approach to tackling the issue of hazardous chemicals in the global textile and footwear value chain.

Year signed: 2011


The Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance’s position on consumer biobased content calls for all product claims to be transparent and credible.

Year signed: 2016


The Global Fashion Agenda’s Circular Fashion System Commitment calls on fashion brands and retailers to accelerate the transition to a circular fashion system by committing to action towards implementing design strategies for cyclability, increasing the volume of used garments collected, increasing the volume of used garments resold and increasing the share of garments made from recycled post-consumer textiles.

Year signed: 2018

Sustainable Cotton Challenge

These signees champion the greater use of more sustainable cotton in marketplaces globally. They are aiming to ensure that 100 percent of the cotton they use comes from the most sustainable sources by 2025. They will individually report on their use of more sustainable cotton on an annual basis starting in 2018.

Year signed: 2017


Our statement explains Nike’s efforts to get greater visibility into our cotton supply chain while working with external stakeholders to end the practice of child labor in Uzbekistan.

Year signed: 2009

Responsible Sourcing Network Uzbekistan Cotton Pledge

In signing this pledge, Nike is committed to not knowingly source Uzbek cotton for the manufacturing of any of our products until the Government of Uzbekistan ends the practice of forced labor in its cotton sector.

Year signed: 2013

Responsible Sourcing Network Turkmenistan Cotton Pledge

In signing this pledge, Nike is committed to not knowingly source Turkmen cotton for the manufacturing of any of our products until the Government of Turkmenistan ends the practice of forced labor in its cotton sector.

Year signed: 2018

Letter to Turkish Government to Protect Rights of Syrian Refugees in Turkey

The Fair Labor Association’s letter was written to protect the rights of Syrian refugees working in Turkey.

Year signed: 2017

General Commitments

The United Nations Global Compact is a call to companies to align strategies and operations with universal principles on human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption, and take actions that advance societal goals.

Year signed: 2000

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The SDGs are a collection of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015 for the year 2030. The goals are a call to action to promote prosperity while protecting the planet.

Transparency Pledge

This Transparency Pledge helps demonstrate apparel and footwear companies’ commitment towards greater transparency in their manufacturing supply chain.

Year signed: 2017

G7 Fashion Pact

The G7 Fashion Pact is a collection of fashion brands that have set sustainability targets that are needed to bend the curve on climate, biodiversity and the fight against ocean pollution.

Year signed: 2019


Nike stands for equality and inclusion for all, and opposes laws and policies that facilitate discrimination and limit human potential. We believe the U.S. Military should embrace all citizens who choose to honorably serve–regardless of their gender identity or expression–and we are grateful to those who are proudly serving today.

Year signed: 2017

Nike Signs White House Equal Pay Pledge

For Nike, diversity is about acknowledging and valuing our differences and appreciating that everyone brings unique experiences, perspectives and ideas to the team. In keeping with our culture and what we stand for as an organization, we remain committed to equitable pay and rewarding performance across all roles for all Nike team members. By signing the White House Equal Pay Pledge, we’re adding our voice to a movement that we hope will inspire positive change.

Year signed: 2016

United Nations LGBTI Standards of Conduct for Business

Nike supports the UN Standards of Conduct for Business to tackle discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people by providing standards that outline how companies can meet their responsibility to respect everyone’s rights.

Year signed: 2018