At Nike, we hold ourselves to the highest standards and we take our local and global responsibilities seriously. Nike’s policies are a formal, accepted standard or approach to the way Nike conducts business, relating to social and environmental issues.


Every supplier factory that makes products for NIKE, Inc. must meet a rigorous set of compliance requirements. Nike’s Code of Conduct lays out the minimum standards we expect each factory or facility to meet. Our Code includes standards related to hiring practices, wages, freedom of association and health and safety.

Nike’s Code of Conduct is an integral component to our sourcing strategy and how we determine the suppliers Nike will continue to engage and grow our business to create a lean, green and equitable supply chain.

We regularly review supplier factories to assess their ability to meet our high standards. These assessments take the form of audit visits, both announced and unannounced, by internal and external parties, who measure against the Code Leadership Standards and our Code of Conduct.

Code Leadership Standards

Nike’s Code Leadership Standards communicate how supplier factories should implement the Code of Conduct. The document also articulates how we measure factories’ compliance efforts and progress.

Manufacturing Restricted Substances List

The Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) industry-wide tool assists brands, their supply chains and the broader industry to adopt an aligned approach to the control of hazardous substances in the manufacturing process for apparel and footwear. It bans the intentional use of priority chemicals during the manufacturing of textiles, synthetic leather and natural leather, and sets impurity limits for these substances within chemical formulations supplied to material vendors.


The Restricted Substances List (RSL) sets out chemical standards for our materials that meet or exceed regulatory or legislative requirements from around the world and includes substances that we have voluntarily restricted or limited in our product. This RSL is now aligned to the AFIRM chemical limits list.

ZDHC Wastewater Guidelines

Along with the ZDHC, we have created and adopted Wastewater Guidelines that set out a unified expectation on wastewater quality for the entire textile and footwear industry.

Nanotechnology Material Guidelines

This policy restricts the use of nanomaterials within Apparel, Footwear and Equipment product lines.

Odor Management, Antimicrobial & Scented Materials Policy

Nike currently restricts the use of scented materials and/or odor control technologies within Apparel, Footwear and Equipment product lines. This restriction applies to any chemical or substance intentionally applied to product to control bacterial populations, capture odors, mask odors or perfume product or the consumer.


This policy applies to Nike brand products or Nike affiliate brand products that contain animal skin materials.

Amazon Biome Leather Sourcing Policy

This policy ensures Nike does not use leather produced from cattle raised in the Amazon Biome. Cattle ranching in that region contributes to tropical deforestation.

Conflict Minerals Policy

Nike’s Conflict Minerals Policy expects suppliers to support the responsible sourcing of conflict minerals using Responsible Minerals Initiative conformant smelters and refiners.  

Packaging Restricted Substances List

The Packaging Restricted Substance List gives substance details and restriction levels for Nike packaging, as well as packaging design requirements to comply with global legislation.


The Nike Code of Conduct provides an overview of the laws, regulations and company policies that apply to us and the work we do, but it does more than that. It builds upon the values we share. That’s why we require our employees and Board members to comply with both the letter and spirit of the Code and make decisions that will preserve the trust that others have placed in us. We also expect those who we do business with to share and observe these same values.

Environmental, Health and Safety Policy

At Nike, we are dedicated to the protection of life and health in the workplace and working in a manner that protects and promotes safety, health and well-being of the individual and the environment.

Global Tax Strategy and Principles

NIKE’s tax strategy is to maximize shareholder value in a socially responsible manner by paying all required taxes in jurisdictions in which we operate. This document outlines NIKE’s tax principles which are the core of our tax strategy.