Sporting goods world leader Nike has become the latest company to win praise from environmental pressure group Greenpeace for pledging to eliminate the release of hazardous chemicals throughout its supply chain.

The US company’s promise to eliminate the releases across both supply chain and product life cycle is due to be fulfilled by 2020, and comes five weeks after a Greenpeace report linked it and other clothing brands to suppliers releasing pollution into Chinese rivers.

Greenpeace said Nike had agreed to ensure full transparency about the chemicals released from supplier factories, as well as promising to use its influence, knowledge and experience to bring about widespread elimination of hazardous chemicals from the clothing industry.

The company’s implementation plan is due to be published within eight weeks, the organisation added.

“By committing to clean up its dirty laundry, Nike is showing real winning form, but Greenpeace will need to take a close look at its implementation plan before we know whether Nike has the makings of a true champion and if it is really serious about eliminating hazardous chemicals from its supply chain,” said Martin Hojsik, co-ordinator of Greenpeace’s Toxic Water campaign.

Meanwhile, the group used this week’s football match between Real Madrid and Barcelona to reprimand Adidas over its claimed slowness to make similar promises.

Greenpeace activists and local artists projected messages such as “Water pollution is not fair play” to the crowd at Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.