The CEO Water Mandate Secretariat welcomes Nike, Inc. as the latest company to join the Water Security through Stewardship Action Platform!
The Action Platform is where all of the CEO Water Mandate’s key programmatic areas and working groups are housed. It is the core mechanism through which endorsing companies, UN entities, governments, NGOs, and other stakeholders work together to advance more sustainable water management and the SDGs.
Based out of Beaverton, Oregon, Nike, Inc. focuses on the design, development, and marketing of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories, and services. With a revenue of 36.40 billion in 2018, Nike, Inc. includes the Nike, Converse, Hurley, and Jordan brands.
Nike, Inc. believes in a sustainable future “where everyone thrives on a healthy planet and level playing field.” Nike, Inc.’s four key strategies to reduce water use are to Innovate Low-Water Materials and Technologies, Use Less, Reuse, and Scale through Industry Collaboration. The company aims to efficiently manage water and energy through better color management, optimized dye methods, and process standards. The company takes a “zero compromise approach to materials,” which means they strive to only use the natural resources that a product requires, obtained in a sustainable way.
The company’s target for 2020 is to reduce freshwater use in dyeing and finishing by 20%. In pursuit of this goal, Nike, Inc. created the Nike Minimum Water Program, which sets performance expectations for water stewardship, wastewater treatment data collection, water scarcity, and flooding risks. To help vendors with water and wastewater challenges, the company is helping to develop the Sustainable Apparel Coalition’s Higg 3.0 Facility Environment Module and the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation’s wastewater guideline.
To learn more about joining the Action Platform, click here.