We believe we can create and design products using better chemistry while delivering exceptional performance

Nike was founded on innovation, experimentation and driving the best performance. Over time we’ve applied that innovation and drive to deliver environmentally preferred rubber formulations and water-based solvent solutions, and to eliminate excess use of chemicals by driving out waste. 

Better chemistry is not an impossible ambition, but one that takes time to deliver with the same or better performance. It demands us to relentlessly raise the bar on our expectations and requires the chemicals our innovation needs to be designed and delivered by our suppliers with maximum function and minimal impact. 

We are committed to making products in ways that protect consumers, workers and the environment, and in doing so we are committed to eliminating, reducing and responsibly managing hazardous chemicals in our supply chain. We have programs that evaluate and restrict the use of certain chemicals and promote the development and use of better chemistries throughout our supply chain.

USING BETTER CHEMISTRY

Rewards and Incentives
We reward and incentivize our suppliers to use preferred chemistries through the indexes we use to assess the sustainability of products. 

bluesign® Database
Nike secured discounted access for material suppliers to the bluesign® bluefinder database. This database provides our suppliers with an easy-to-use, rigorously vetted list of chemical products, unlocking opportunities to reduce the environmental impacts of their processes which in turn reduces the impact of our products.

Addressing PFCs
We work to eliminate use of perfluorochemicals (PFCs) from our product. PFCs are manufactured chemicals used to make everyday products more resistant to stains, oils and water.  In 2014 we banned the use of long-chain (C8) PFCs in Nike’s supply chain and continue to explore increase use of high-performance alternatives to the remaining PFCs in our products. Currently, more than 90% of our products are PFC free.

12 Principles of Green Chemistry
We encourage all our suppliers to use the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry to inspire innovation. Generally accepted by the industry, these principles are a framework to consider how to prevent pollution when inventing new chemicals and materials. 

WE HAVE THREE STRATEGIC AIMS TO GUIDE OUR WORK:

  • INDUSTRY COLLABORATION

    We work collaboratively within our industry to implement and scale chemistry standards across the global supply chains.

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  • BETTER PRACTICES

    We seek to work with vendors and suppliers who are committed to high standards and continuous improvement.

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  • BETTER CHEMISTRY

    We are committed to making products in ways that protect consumers, workers and the environment.

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