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relative weight, which are, in turn, divided in relevant aspects within each area (Table 4 ). B. Facility level B.1. Environment (apparel) This tool consists of a detailed description of the facility pro fi le and its pro- duction, such as apparel, footwear, home textiles, equipment, or others. Moreover, it includes the environmental aspects and the three levels de fi ned for each of these aspects (see Table 5 ). B.2. Social/Labor (apparel/footwear) Beta This tool, which scores in terms of an ideal, has three areas, each with a speci fi c relative weight, similar to those described for the brand level. These areas consist of relevant aspects. Table 6 shows the areas and their relevant aspects within the social and labor framework. C. Product Level 5 Nike s Material Sustainability Index (MSI) is the result of more than 8 years of researching, compiling, and analyzing publicly available information on a wide variety of materials. The full SAC membership voted to include the Nike MSI in SAC product indexes in June 2012. In 2003, we began developing Nike MSI to provide a practical method to help designers make informed, real-time decisions about the potential and various Table 4 Areas and aspects included in the social/labor tool on the brand level Company s internal social/labor performance management Company s internal workplace standards Company s internal employee orientation and development Company s social/labor performance manage- ment system for partners in the value chain Social/labor performance management system for value chain partners Monitoring and continuous improvement in the value chain Company s integration of social/labor performance requirements to the business External engagement, community impact, transparency and public disclosure Engagement and collaboration Community impact Transparency and public disclosure Source Sustainable Apparel Coalition website 4 Bair et al. ( 2014 ) provided insight into the potential for the market to protect and improve labor standards and working conditions in global apparel supply chains. It examines also the possibilities and limitations of market approaches to securing social compliance in global-manufacturing industries. 5 This paragraph is based on the paper called Nike Materials Sustainability Index , prepared by Nike Inc. in 2012 . Making the Connection Between the United Nations Global Compact Code of Conduct 65
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environmental impacts of material choices in the product creation process. Nike MSI calculates relative material scores for each of the more than 80,000 materials available to Nike product creation teams from 1,400 suppliers. These scores then feed into the Nike Apparel and Footwear Sustainability Indexes, helping designers to select materials with lower environmental impacts, as measured by Nike MSI.
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