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Business in Focus – Olympic Edition for Nike

2nd Vote takes a 2nd Look at Team USA sponsor Nike, who is the official uniform provider to the International Olympic Committee.

Nike is one of two official apparel outfitters for Team USA.  Since 2013, they have been the official uniform and product supplier to the International Olympic Committee.

Nike is headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon, and employs 44,000 people.

Nike has an overall score of 2.3, making it a liberal company.  A breakdown of their scorecard is below (all scores are based on a 10-point scale). To learn how we score, please click here.  To view research citations, click here.

 

2nd Amendment – 6

Nike remains neutral on 2nd Amendment Issues.

Environment – 1 

Nike partners with the liberal environmentalist group Ceres, which supports cap-and-trade-policies.  Nike is a founding member of Businesses for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP). BICEP supported 2010 legislation that called for “An auction of carbon-emission permits and would use the money generated to provide billions in incentives to reduce greenhouse gasses.” BICEP also supports cap-and-trade-policies.

Marriage – 1

Nike signed an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in favor of overturning the Defense of Marriage Act. This November, Nike announced it will contribute $280,000 to efforts in support of same-sex marriage in Oregon. In 2012, Nike signed a letter in support of same-sex marriage legislation in Washington. Nike is a partner of the Human Rights Campaign and received a 100 score on the HRC’s “Buyers Guide.”

Pro-Life – 1

Nike has given to Population Services International, which, “works to increase access to WHO-approved medical abortion drugs.” Nike has also given to the Population Council, which, “designs and implements innovative research and evidence-based advocacy to ensure that abortion services, where legally available, are widely accessible, safely provided, and affordable to all who need them. Council research also focuses on the reduction of stigma surrounding abortion.” Nike is listed as a company that matches employees’ gifts to Planned Parenthood.

CEO Activism – 

The CEO of Nike is Mark Parker. Since 1996, Mark Parker has given $2,300 to one Republican federal candidate and $3,300 to three Democrat federal candidates.

Corporate PAC – 

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the Nike Federal PAC has contributed $13,800, or 68% of its political contributions to Republican candidates in the 2014 election cycle. The Nike Federal PAC has contributed $6,500, or 32% of its political contributions to Democrat candidates. (Center for Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 2/17/14)

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