NIKE, Inc.


NIKE's Code of Conduct
(March 1997)

  NIKE Inc. was founded on a handshake.

  Implicit in that act was the determination that we would build our business with all of our partners based on trust, teamwork, honesty and mutual respect. We expect all of our business partners to operate on the same principles.

  At the core of the NIKE corporate ethic is the belief that we are a company comprised of many different kinds of people, appreciating individual diversity, and dedicated to equal opportunity for each individual.

  NIKE designs, manufactures and markets products for sports and fitness consumers. At every step in that process, we are driven to do not only what is required, but what is expected of a leader. We expect our business partners to do the same. Specifically, NIKE seeks partners that share our commitment to the promotion of best practices and continuous improvement in:

1. Occupational health and safety, compensation, hours of work and benefits.

2. Minimizing our impact on the environment.

3. Management practices that recognize the dignity of the individual, the rights of free association and collective bargaining, and the right to a workplace free of harassment, abuse or corporal punishment.

4. The principle that decisions on hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, termination or retirement are based solely on the ability of an individual to do the job.

  Wherever NIKE operates around the globe, we are guided by this Code of Conduct. We bind our business partners to these principles. While these principles establish the spirit of our partnerships, we also bind these partners to specific standards of conduct. These are set forth below:

1. Forced Labor (Contractor) certifies that it does not use any forced labor - prison, indentured, bonded or otherwise.

2. Child Labor (Contractor) certifies it does not employ any person under the minimum age established by local law, or the age at which compulsory schooling has ended, whichever is greater, but in no case under the age of 14.

3. Compensation (Contractor) certifies that it pays at least the minimum total compensation required by local law, including all mandated wages, allowances and benefits.

4. Benefits (Contractor) certifies that it complies with all provisions for legally mandated benefits, including but not limited to housing; meals; transportation and other allowances; health care; child care; sick leave; emergency leave; pregnancy and menstrual leave; vacation, religious, bereavement and holiday leave; and contributions for social security, life, health, worker's compensation and other insurance.

5. Hours of Work/Overtime (Contractor) certifies that it complies with legally mandated work hours; uses overtime only when employees are fully compensated according to local law; informs the employee at the time of hiring if mandatory overtime is a condition of employment; and, on a regularly scheduled basis, provides one day off in seven, and requires no more than 60 hours of work per week, or complies with local limits if they are lower.

6. Health and Safety (Contractor) certifies that it has written health and safety guidelines, including those applying to employee residential facilities, where applicable; and that it has agreed in writing to comply with NIKE's factory/vendor health and safety standards.

7. Environment (Contractor) certifies that it complies with applicable country environmental regulations; and that it has agreed in writing to comply with NIKE's specific vendor/factory environmental policies and procedures, which are based on the concept of continuous improvement in processes and programs to reduce the impact on the environment.

8. Documentation and Inspection (Contractor) agrees to maintain on file such documentation as may be needed to demonstrate compliance with this Code of Conduct, and further agrees to make these documents available for NIKE or its designated auditor's inspection upon request.

The Old Nike Code of Conduct

  NIKE Inc. was founded on a handshake.

  Implicit in that act was the determination that we would build our business with all of our partners upon trust, teamwork, honesty and mutual respect. We expect all of our business partners to operate on the same principles.

  At the core of the NIKE corporate ethic is the belief that we are a company comprised of many different kinds of people, appreciating individual diversity, and dedicated to equal opportunity for each individual.

  NIKE designs, manufactures and markets sports and fitness products. At each step in that process, we are dedicated to minimising our impact on the environment. We seek to implement to the maximum extent possible the three R’s” of environmental action: reduce, reuse and recycle.

  We seek always to be a leader in our quest to enhance people’s lives through sports and fitness. That means at every opportunity - whether in the design, manufacturing and marketing of products; in the environment; in the areas of human rights and equal opportunity; or in our relationships in the communities in which we do business - we seek to do not only what is required, but, whenever possible, what is expected of a leader.

  There Is No Finish Line.

Memorandum of Understanding

  Wherever NIKE operates around the globe, we are guided by our Code of Conduct and bind our business partners to those principles with a signed Memorandum of Understanding.

1. Government regulation of business (Subcontractor/supplier) certifies compliance with all applicable local government regulations regarding minimum wage; overtime; child labor laws; provisions for pregnancy, menstrual leave; provisions for vacation and holidays; and mandatory retirement benefits.

2. Safety and health (subcontractor/supplier) certifies compliance with all applicable local government regulations regarding occupational health and safety.

3. Worker insurance (subcontractor/supplier) certifies compliance with all applicable local laws providing health insurance, life insurance and worker’s compensation.

4. Forced labor (Subcontractor/supplier) certifies that it and its suppliers and contractors do not use any form of forced labor - prison or otherwise.

5. Environment (Subcontractor/supplier) certifies compliance with all applicable local environmental regulations, and adhere to NIKE’s own broader environmental practises, including the prohibition on the use of chloro-flouro-carbons (CFCs), the release of which could contribute to the depletion of the earth’s ozone layer.

6. Equal opportunity (subcontractor/supplier) certifies that it does not discriminate in hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, termination or retirement on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation or ethnic origin.

7. Documentation and inspection (Subcontractor/supplier) agrees to maintain on file such documentation as may be needed to demonstrate compliance with the certifications in this Memorandum of Understanding, and further agrees to make these documents available for NIKE’s inspection upon request.


This code is online: http://www.nike.com

 


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