We began calculating our environmental footprint in 2002 and expanded its breadth and depth over time. We shared a full value chain footprint, from extraction of raw materials to the end of life of products, for the first time in our FY12/13 Sustainable Business Report. To calculate our footprint, we have developed advanced analytical tools that enable us to deal with the challenges of a deep and complex value chain, sparse data for some areas and intricate science-based footprinting methodologies.
Minimizing our environmental footprint involves understanding our environmental impacts – what they are and where they occur. We use that information to make data informed decisions about our processes throughout NIKE, Inc. operations and our value chain.
Our footprinting process clearly shows, for instance, that our most significant carbon emission and water impacts stem from the raw materials used in our products and processing those raw materials into finished textiles. That means our overall impacts are in large part driven by the materials choices we make, and that most of our environmental impact occurs in operations we do not directly control.
The data visualization below explores our carbon and water footprint and learn more about what drives our impacts. The visualization is highly interactive: hover, click, and drag-and-drop to explore our footprint across different dimensions. In the future, we also plan to expand this experience to include our chemistry footprint.