Nike's 2025 Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations isn’t the only organisation declaring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Following the release of Nike’s FY20 Impact Report, Nike has committed itself to achieve a host of sustainability targets by 2025.

The SDGs outline a positive vision for the future, but require deliberate action to get there. Nike argues that it is in the interests of businesses, governments and society alike to commit to such goals in order to accelerate progress.

Nike currently scores 3/5 on our Sustainability Hub. However these crucial new commitments could soon see that rating improve. Not only has the brand set these targets as important benchmarks for itself as a key player in the retail industry.

They have also aligned with many of the UN’s SDG’s where the brand feels it could have the greatest impact for good. So let’s take a look at these goals, and what Nike is doing to be a catalyst for positive change.

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NIKE’S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Nike has identified the areas where it has the greatest potential to contribute to the SDGs, these include:

  • Good Health and Wellbeing
  • Gender Equality
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Climate Action
  • Partnerships For the Goals

Read on to see how Nike plans to drive progress on these six areas of impact.

Good Health and Wellbeing

Nike is committed to inspiring and supporting communities around the world to move more. And with good reason, the potential rewards of fostering movement and exercise in children are big: active kids tend to be healthier, happier, and do better on the pitch and in the classroom, and eventually in their careers and communities as adults.

As a pioneering sports brand, focussing on a healthy and active lifestyle echoes through the brand culture and employee values.

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2025 Target

Nike has committed to driving sustained community impact by getting kids excited about moving with 50% female participation in key cities.

Gender Equality

One of the great elements of sport is its power to unite people and inspire them to take action in their communities. Putting this power into practice, Nike is building an inclusive culture through the brand and breaking down barriers for all athletes.

2025 Target

  • 100% of strategic suppliers increase access to career opportunities and upward mobility for women employed in their facilities
  • 50% representation of women in global corporate workforce and 45% in leadership positions
  • Maintain 100% equal pay equity across all employee levels on an annual basis
  • Drive sustained community impact by empowering kids through sports in key cities with 50% girl participation
  • 2x investment focused on the professional development for racial and ethnic minorities in the U.S. and women globally

Decent Work and Economic Growth

As a global company, it isn’t only what goes on within the walls of Nike offices that reflect the extent of its values, but also the conditions of its global partners and suppliers. And as such, Nike believes that the key to growth and sustainability is a team in which every member feels valued.

That means from worker compensation, to workplace conditions, Nike is committed to only working with factories which share its vision for decent work and economic growth.

2025 Target

  • 100% of facilities in the extended supply chain meet the Nike foundational labour, health, safety and environmental standards demonstrating respect for the rights of their workers and communities where they operate
  • 100% of strategic suppliers are building world class, safe and healthy workspaces for the people making Nike products
  • All strategic suppliers are measuring and improving the engagement of the people making said products
  • All strategic suppliers are increasing access to career opportunities and upward mobility for women employed in their facilities

Responsible Consumption and Production

The iconic Nike swoosh is almost synonymous with great athletic performance. But the brand isn’t only thinking about the athletics we know today, or the next Olympic Games, as part of Nike’s commitment to sustainability ensuring that all athletes can train, live, and thrive for generations to come.

This responsibility leads Nike to develop new products and innovative materials in an effort to find ways to help solve production and consumption problems today for a better tomorrow.

The focus of this goal is truly maximum performance with minimum impact. And there are many targets in place to ensure this happens.