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Nike Says It Will Release Promotion, Hiring Data for Women and Minorities

Company bows to pressure from activist investors to reveal more data on the careers of employees from under-represented groups. 

An employee holds an official French national football team jersey inside the Nike Inc. sports apparel store in Paris, France, on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

An employee holds an official French national football team jersey inside the Nike Inc. sports apparel store in Paris, France, on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

Photographer: Marlene Awaad

Nike Inc. will join some of the biggest US employers and release data on the recruitment and promotion rates of under-represented groups by the end of 2024.

The sports retailer promised the data after a campaign from activist investors, according to shareholder activist As You Sow. The group won support from about a third of Nike shareholders for the release of the data in a 2021 proxy proposal, and it was preparing to ask for it again at this year’s annual meeting in September. Nike confirmed its agreement to disclose the data in an emailed response.