"Nike enables over 300 million people worldwide to engage in physical activity and improve fitness."

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7 min Read Time | July 9th 2021

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Article of the Week - The WOW

Written by: Bhavana Poosarla

Company: Nike

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being

Feedback from the reviewing team:

"In this article, Bhavana does a great job at focusing with great precision, on the core impact that Nike have on the world. Demonstrating how important examing the impact at the centre of a business truly is."

Read the full article below.

“Nike enables over 300 million people worldwide to engage in physical activity and improve fitness.”

Obesity and being overweight, the leading causes of chronic diseases, are preventable with a healthy lifestyle. However, global obesity rates have almost tripled from 1975 to 20161. The WHO found that 1 in 4 adults and 3 in 4 adolescents fall short of its global physical activity recommendations6;2. As per a 2013 study, sedentary lifestyles cost an annual $67.5 billion in healthcare and productivity losses, easily avoidable by an hour of exercise per day3. Regular physical activity–be it walking, running, exercise, or sports–could improve physical and mental health4 and increase life expectancy by 0.4 to 6.9 years5.

An average person spends only 180 days or 0.69% of their lifetime on physical fitness6. Appropriate athletic footwear enables physical activity, prevents injuries, provides motivation, and enhances performance7.

As a sports industry pioneer, Nike first addressed the physical inactivity epidemic in the 1970s, fueling the US jogging boom where 25 million Americans embraced running and jogging8. In an era where running was for ‘elite’ athletes, Nike introduced running shoes for everyday people interested in fitness. Even today, Nike aims to ‘bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world’. The company considers ‘every person with a body, an athlete’9.


As the largest athletic footwear brand, Nike owned a global market share of 27% as of 201910. Assuming a median selling price of around $8011 and athletic footwear revenue of $24.3 billion12, Nike has sold 303.75 million pairs of athletic footwear to elite and recreational athletes worldwide as of 2020.

Besides designing innovative products, Nike has partnered for decades with best-in-class athletes and promoted fitness, sportsmanship, and self-empowerment through social media campaigns that reached a global audience of over 800 million consumers in 202013.

By taking a holistic approach towards tackling physical inactivity, Nike has played a key role in shaping the global ‘fitness culture’.


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