Nike has announced it has begun to prototype personal protective equipment (PPE), including face shields, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
In a quarterly conference call with investors, Nike CEO John Donahoe stated "companies like Nike need to do our part," and that Nike’s “teams in innovation and manufacturing are exploring designs for personal protective equipment, or PPE to support doctors, nurses and others on the front line of this outbreak.”
The Swoosh is working with the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to identify how best to support and protect healthcare workers. "Based on needs identified by the teams and health professionals at Oregon Health & Science University, our teammates are working right now about how to best help, including prototyping face shields of OHSU and others." This news follows better than expected Q3 results.
Nike told Business Insider that it would initially support Oregon healthcare workers. The company recently shuttered its stores globally, however, will slowly begin to open some of its stores again in the coming weeks.