We must imagine, invent and design the future together.
Alignment and implementation across the industry are keys to success.
Our industry creates a wide range of materials across an extensive – and often shared – supply chain. We work to develop industry-wide standards and tools 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 shared many tools and resources to improve the sustainability of our industry and beyond. For example, our Restricted Substance List (RSL), which helped to lead to the creation of an industry-wide Manufacturing Restricted Substances list (MRSL); a water-based solvent formula to improve key footwear processes; and 10 years of environmental footprint research data–including chemistry– on a wide range of materials which gives designers and product creators easy access to valuable materials footprint information.
Through coalitions and associations, we promote a harmonized regulatory framework drawn from the best-available science on the hazards of chemicals. The data is founded on credible, risk-based assessments of chemicals that protect workers, consumers and the environment.
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) is a collaboration between member brands and associations to advance the textile and footwear supply chain toward zero discharge of hazardous chemicals.
Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management Group (AFIRM)
Apparel and Footwear International RSL Management Group (AFIRM) is a collaboration of leading brands across the apparel and footwear supply chains focused on advancing the global management of restricted substances in apparel and footwear.
Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC)
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) is collaborative platform to drive harmonization and convergence of performance measurement standards around social and environmental performance in the apparel and footwear value chain.
LAUNCH is 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.