Nike Admits to Mistakes Over Child Labor by 0 Comments The multi-billion dollar sportswear company Nike admitted yesterday that it "blew it" by employing children in Third World countries but added that ending the practice might be difficult. Nike attempted to present itself to its shareholders in its first "corporate responsibility report" as a touchy-feely entity established by "skinny runners" and employing young executives who worried about the environment and the level of wages it paid. But in some countries Bangladesh and Pakistan, for example those standards are next to impossible to verify, when records of birth do not exist or can be easily forged. In Nike said it thought it had tied up with responsible factories in Sialkot, in Pakistan, that would manufacture well-made footballs and provide good conditions for workers.
Allegations[ edit ] Nike in Washington, UK in the s or early s Nike has been accused of using sweatshops since the early s, when it produced goods in South Koreathe People's Republic of Chinaand Taiwan. As these countries' economies developed, workers became more productive, wages rose, and many moved on to higher paying jobs.
Nike found cheaper labor in the People's Republic of China and Vietnam, which prohibited labor unions. When workers demanded additional rights and benefits in these countries, the Nike factories closed and moved to a different location that would enable them to continue operating at a low cost.
They originally denied claims against them. However, inNike director Todd McKean stated in an interview that the "initial attitude was, 'Hey, we don't own the factories.
We don't control what goes on there.
We had people there every day looking at quality. Clearly, we had leverage and responsibility with certain parts of the business, so why not others? Many anti-sweatshop groups were student-led, such as the United Students Against Sweatshops. While Keady was conducting his research about Nike at St.
Keady publicly refused to support Nike and was forced to resign his position as soccer coach in Since resigning, Keady has done original research into the conditions in Nike's Sweatshops. Throughout the s, Nike experienced rapid growth after they moved their primary branches of production overseas.
The employees were commonly the poor inhabitants of the area surrounding the factory looking for any sort of income.
The heads of the factories were Nike contractors who often lived in United States or Europe and did not have any sort of relations with their employees. The duty of supervision was given to an upper-level factory worker.
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The authority of the supervisor included enforcing rules the workers must follow and making sure that they were performing to optimal standards. The laws protecting the workers are ignored in favor of cutting costs and lowering health standards.
This is possibly because political leaders are paid off by factory supervisors in order to limit governmental interference. The leaders relayed messages to military and police units to overlook the conditions in factories so that the illegal environment could remain open and functioning.
They also were warned to watch for signs of labor activism near the factories to prevent workers from aligning with one another for better conditions. They are severely limited in the amount of time they can take off and are forced to work overtime on several occasions during the week.
Advocacy efforts[ edit ] The goals of transnational advocacy groups working on behalf of Nike factory workers are to allow workers to obtain higher wages, improve the working conditions of the factories, enable them to organization, and gain the respect of their employers.
Countries such as the NetherlandsGermanyFranceand Belgiumwhere no Nike factories exist, have branches of organizations that work to better factory conditions. In countries like IndonesiaThailandMexicoand Cambodiawhere factories are common, non-governmental organizations push anti-Nike efforts by informing the public through the media of the work environment within the plants.
Advocacy groups function through donations, fundraising, and in some cases governmental funding. There has been a rapid increase in the use of the Internet as a means of distributing information between advocacy groups.
The spread of news across national boundaries allows the groups to mobilize and unify campaigns. When laws in Indonesia were lifted in the late s, factory workers and non-governmental organizations staged many strikes at Nike factories protesting the poor working conditions.
These allies provided aide for the workers who were not paid while on strike.Nike has admitted it cannot guarantee that its products will not be made using child labour in a report designed to address the accusations that have plagued the company.
May 13, · Nike Inc promises to root out underage workers and require overseas manufacturers of its wares to meet strict US health and safety standards; Nike's chairman and .
Sep 07, · How more business with Nike could affect workers in Vietnam. Its labor laws have come under criticism for being notoriously weak, child labor and . Nike's child labor is spread all over Pakistan but has the greatest impact in the northwest of punjab province, that is Sialkot.
Pakistan has a population of approximately 1 million and is an important center for the production of Nike's goods for export to international markets, particularly sporting goods and .
Nike and child labour had become indelibly linked in the public consciousness. Nike began to take the first steps.
It released the names and locations of its factories. Nov 15, · Yes, it actually has been reported that both Nike and Adidas with other big and well known companies actually use child labour to of course .