Thursday, September 29, 2011

Nike’s Sustainable Business and Innovation lab starts venture capital group

Bloomberg is reporting that Nike’s Sustainable Business and Innovation lab has started a venture capital group that will fund new energy operations and companies with more sustainable business practices.  The group will also invest in businesses that are supporting a healthy, active lifestyle.
Nike Sustainable Business and Innovation is establishing a venture capital operation to identify and fund alternative energies and more sustainable business practices, Bloomberg reported.

Nike Sustainable Business & Innovation (SB&I) Lab will invest in startups developing more sustainable business practices or that promote healthy lifestyles.

Nike created SB&I in 2009 as part of an overhaul of its corporate social responsibility efforts. Its mission is to fast- track integration of corporate responsibility into its business and develop scalable solutions to enable Nike’s evolution to a closed-loop business model.

The SB&I has not yet made any investments.

SB&I focuses on our key business priorities - sustainable products, sustainable manufacturing and sustainable marketplaces - and on elements of our strategy. It works through a matrix structure, with defined priorities for each team. The SB&I function reports to Nike’s vice president of Sustainable Business & Innovation, who reports directly to the NIKE, Inc. CEO and to the Corporate Responsibility Committee of the Board of Directors.
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