Through a variety of processes, including stakeholder consultation and lifecycle assessment, we have identified NIKE, Inc.’s most significant impact areas. These include climate/energy, labor, chemistry, water, waste and community. Our approach to managing these issues and performance in FY10 and FY11 is discussed in detail in the following sections and in our expanded reporting online.
The graphic below provides an overview of several of these impacts within our value chain. For some impacts – greenhouse gas emissions, for example – we have good information about where they occur, and at what magnitude. For others, such as water use, we are only beginning to get a sense of the distribution of impacts across the value chain.
As we evaluate and manage these impacts, we develop a better understanding of how interrelated they are and how an integrated approach to product design and process innovation can yield benefits across multiple impact areas. A prime example of this is the strategic partnership we announced in 2012 with DyeCoo Textile Systems B.V., a Netherlands-based company that has developed and built the first commercially available waterless textile dyeing machines. DyeCoo’s process virtually eliminates water consumption and the use of auxiliary chemicals and reduces energy use, in part because it avoids the need for drying. In addition, the process is twice as fast and improves quality. Implementing this process at scale will conserve natural resources and reduce multiple impacts in our value chain, including water and energy use, waste generation and potentially worker and community exposure to chemicals used in conventional dyeing processes.