We have a longstanding commitment to working with suppliers on improving manufacturing conditions and minimizing negative impacts to workers, local communities and the environment. Since we first launched our Code of Conduct in 1992, we have continued to evolve our standards and programs to drive improved outcomes for the workers in the supply chain, communities where our suppliers operate and enhanced value for Nike and our business partners.
Every supplier must comply with our Code of Conduct and Code Leadership Standards — they are a core component of reaching our 2020 targets. In 2017, we updated our NIKE, Inc. Code of Conduct to better reflect our priorities across labor, health and safety, and the environment, as well as to further align with the expectations of key stakeholders for Nike and our industry.
The new Code of Conduct does not represent a major change in our requirements for suppliers. Rather, we have elevated key expectations from the Code Leadership Standards to the Code of Conduct to emphasize the depth of our work and standards on health, safety, and the environment as well as to highlight important labor requirements.
We have added new requirements to the Code Leadership Standards to address emerging health and safety risks and to align with environmental requirements that have been introduced in the past few years by governments. For example:
- Clear standards that state building and load bearing structures must be constructed according to the laws of the manufacturing country, certified civil or structural engineering construction approvals, or international standards (in addition, multi-use occupancies are not allowed).
- More explicit fire safety and emergency action plan requirements.
We expect all our suppliers to share our commitment to respecting the rights of workers — with particular care for the unique vulnerabilities and needs of worker groups such as women, migrants and temporary workers — and to advancing the welfare of workers and communities. We also expect our suppliers to share in our commitments to reducing waste, using water and applying chemistries responsibly, and working to reduce carbon emissions in line with international climate targets.
These minimum standards are integral to our sourcing strategies and to how we evaluate baseline factory performance. They act as a foundation for determining the suppliers we’ll work with as we grow our business.