Nike, Inc. has 23,000 employees globally. Nike is committed to employee volunteerism throughout every level of the company. Nike’s employee volunteer program is structured to allow employees the greatest possible choice and incentive to donate their time to nonprofit community organizations that are important to them. Volunteer activities are a part of Nike’s Community Investment budget, which has increased due to higher levels of employee volunteerism. Last year the company contributed $3 million to match employee volunteer hours and charitable contributions – an increase of 38 percent from the previous year.
The NikeGO Employee Program helps inspire kids ages 8-15 to get more active and more healthy. 60 Nike departments donated more than 10,000 volunteer hours in the first year. Nike employees taught physical education classes, beautified playgrounds, assembled playground equipment, organized walking and baseball clubs and a Recess Buddies program, and much more.
For Nike’s Fifth Annual U.S. Community Involvement Day, more than 1,300 Nike employees volunteered at 48 locations in Portland, Memphis, Los Angeles and New York. Employees donated a total of 6,500 hours, which Nike matched with a corporate donation of $65,000, in conjunction with Hands On Portland and Volunteers of America, Oregon.
Oregon is consistently ranked the hungriest state in the country so Nike employees rallied around the Oregon Food Bank to help. Nike helps fight hunger by sponsoring more than 190 families. In the past year, Nike’s participation in this program increased by more than 300 percent involving 120 departments. Working with the company’s food service department, Nike donated 1.2 tons of food to the Oregon Food Bank’s homeless programs.
Involvement in the community is one of the ways Nike shows our commitment. Nike’s leadership team continually stresses the importance of giving back to communities and leads by example. For instance, Phil Knight talks to employees at quarterly meetings about the pride he has for what employees are doing in communities around the world; our CFO did landscaping for eight hours at Nike’s Habitat for Humanity project and led a team during the annual U.S. Community Involvement Day and the President of the Nike Brand helped paint murals at a center for kids with HIV.