Yesterday, Spend Matters covered a new supply chain policy put in place by Nike. In the post, Jason Busch cites a third-party article that says that it is the policy’s “goal to make sure its supply chain doesn’t source leather from cattle raised in the Amazon rain forest region, much of which has been clear cut for large cattle ranching operations.”

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Indeed, Nike’s corporate Web site says that “Nike takes seriously the issue of deforestation in the Amazon basin. We understand how important rainforests are to health of the planet and the implications deforestation has on climate change and global warming,” therefore, suppliers will need to provide “full traceability of cattle products and a guarantee that those products are not causing deforestation in the Amazon Biome. “

I couldn’t help but see some irony in this. As if it is OK to kill animals but not OK to kill trees.

While Nike’s Web site does list a lot of commendable socially responsible initiatives (e.g., diversity, supplier working conditions, the environment, charity, etc.), cruelty-free treatment of animals is sorely missing.

I have a lot of respect for the Nike brand and believe that every successful business evolves and does things better year after year. So, I am sincerely hoping that animal-friendly purchasing becomes a bigger concern of theirs in years to come.

Because the current approach to social responsibility seems incomplete at best, at least somewhat hypocritical, and careless at worst.

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Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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