Nike endorses Nashville non-discrimination ordinance

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According to the Nashville City Paper, Nike has endorsed the Contract Accountability Non-Discrimination Ordinance that is due for a third and final reading Tuesday night.

Orson C. Porter, Nike Inc.’s U.S. director of governance and public affairs, sent a letter to bill sponsor Councilman Mike Jameson on Monday, expressing the company’s support of the ordinance.

“By supporting this measure, you support the guiding principle that every American deserves a chance to compete and prosper on a level playing field,” the Nike letter reads.

“At Nike, we believe diversity and inclusion is about respecting our differences, leveraging our strengths and maximizing opportunity for everyone,” the letter continues. “Nike is passionately supportive of its employees, respectful of our consumers and committed to equality of athletes. As a result, these values make us a better company and more competitive in our industry.”

The bill in question would require any company doing business with Metro to abide by the county’s non-discrimination policy. It is likely to be deferred Tuesday night: several Council members are expected to be absent due to spring break.