WE MUST IMAGINE, INVENT AND DESIGN THE FUTURE TOGETHER

Alignment and implementation are keys to success. Our industry uses a wide range of materials processed using many different chemicals across an extensive–and often shared–supply chain.

Work to develop industry-wide standards and tools is performed through industry associations, such as the Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management (AFIRM) Group, the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals Foundation (ZDHC) and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). We collaborate with member brands, suppliers, and organizations to scale implementation across the supply chain.

Over the past 20 years, Nike has developed and provided multiple tools to improve our industry and beyond. We have shared our Restricted Substance List (RSL) to help create an industry-wide Manufacturing Restricted Substances list (MRSL), a water-based solvent formula to improve key footwear processes, and environmental footprint data–including chemistry–on a wide range of materials to give designers easy access to valuable information.

Through coalitions and associations, we promote a harmonized regulatory framework drawn from the best-available science on the hazards of chemicals and founded on credible risk-based assessments of chemicals that protect workers, consumers and the environment.

WORKING WITH INDUSTRY PARTNERS

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)
A collaboration between member brands and associations to advance the textile and footwear supply chain toward zero discharge of hazardous chemicals.

Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) 
A collaborative platform to drive harmonization and convergence of performance measurement standards around social and environmental performance in the apparel and footwear value chain.

Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management Group (AFIRM) 
A collaboration of 23 leading brands across the apparel and footwear supply chains focused on advancing the global management of restricted substances in apparel and footwear.

LAUNCH
An open innovation platform designed to uncover breakthrough ideas in sustainable innovation industry wide, developed through a strategic partnership among Nike, NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State.

WE HAVE THREE STRATEGIC AIMS TO GUIDE OUR WORK:

  • INDUSTRY COLLABORATION

    We work collaboratively within our industry to implement in 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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