NIKE Collegiate Baseball Cleats
Economic impact on Distribution/trade/transport
by Cole Chandler
Nike’s Air MVP Pro Metal baseball cleats are manufactured in over 43 countries. Nike’s goal as a global company is to play a role in bringing about positive change for workers within their supply chain and in the industry. When Nike looks at their overall impact on the world, the needs of nearly 1 million workers in Nike’s supply chain overshadows any other group. Nike realizes the size and scale of their combined manufacturing operations has a considerable environmental impact.
Nike has pulled together to develop internal team to enforce their codes of conduct on their factory workers and are always working to monitor its factories and engaging with stakeholders. However, Nike has learned that monitoring the factories alone hasn’t solved all their manufacturing and distribution problems. Nike’s focus now is on getting to the root of the problems. They are constantly evaluating their supplier and manufacturing relationships,which has given them new ways to define and share responsibility in the production of their products.
Nike was the first company in the industry to disclose their factory list. This list provides a complete list of all their contracted factories of the NIKE brand. (1) This factory list can be filtered by brand, product type, or event (Including collegiate manufactures). Nike has aligned their sourcing practices and purchasing power to incentivize those contracted factories that prove they’re going beyond compliance and demonstrate practices that build teams of motivated, productive and healthy workers who produce innovative, high-quality and sustainable products.
Nike is making an effort in reducing their “carbon footprint”, when it comes to transporting their baseball cleats and other products. Nike made the decision to transport their products on cargo ships instead of using airplanes. This new way of transporting their products claimed to have saved Nike over $8 million in one year. By this change in transportation, Nike projects their reduced carbon footprint to have decreased by 30% in 2020. (2) Nike’s article on their Targets & Peformance, says that, “Nike’s Sourcing & Manufacturing Sustainability Index (SMSI) includes assessments of health and safety, worker empowerment, protection and compensation, and factory lean progress along with environmental performance.” The Sourcing and Manufacturing Sustainabilty Index is one component of the Manufacturing Index which weighs sustainability alongside quality, cost and delivery. This Index helps provide filters for sourcing decisions and incentivizes progress. Nike requires factories to measure and report on key performance indicators tied to worker empowerment. These performance indicators include health and safety, and investing in their employee training. Nike continues to make strides in being environmentally engaged on a global scale.