Nike has come a long way since it was founded in 1972 on a handshake between an athlete (Phil Knight) and a track coach (Bill Bowerman). In the early years we learned some tough lessons about operating a complex global supply chain. Since then they have been on a journey to understand the important role we can play in helping create an environment of collaboration and transparency. We are now harnessing the power of innovation to manage risks, create opportunities and meet our sustainability and social goals.
Nike believe diversity and inclusion drives innovation. And if done effectively, managing diversity and working together can lead to a competitive advantage. Nike requires a broad base of suppliers that actively and significantly support our business requirements, and positively reflect the world in which we live and work.
Nike’s Global Procurement team manages the procurement process, including selecting and contracting with the right suppliers for the right goods and services. Through our strategic sourcing initiatives, we have also begun to reduce Nike’s footprint and lessen our impact. We’re committed to increasing the purchase of sustainable products. Read more about Nike’s commitment to sustainability.
Sustainable innovation is at the core of NIKE, Inc., innovating across design and materials to manufacturing and retail, while driving cross-industry collaborations that bring game-changing solutions to scale. Since 2010, NIKE, Inc. has transformed the equivalent of more than two billion plastic bottles into high-performance gear. That’s enough to cover 3,500 soccer pitches. Since the 1990s, Nike has collected more than 28 million pairs of used athletic shoes, recycling them into new superior performance gear and incorporating them into thousands of sports surfaces.
In fiscal year 2013, Nike contributed more than $52 million in cash, products and in-kind donations. From expanding access to sport and physical activity to young kids, to empowering adolescent girls in developing countries and beyond, we invest our money, time and expertise in strategic plans to improve the communities where we live, work and play.