Nike Sweat Shops Essay

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Nike Sweat Shops I am writing this letter to express my concerns over Nike's labor practices in Asia. There has been much debate and controversy recently concerning Nike's Asian labor practices. It is very difficult to determine which side of the argument to defend, as both acknowledge the problems yet put a completely different spin on the facts. I will try to show that Nike has created a cloud of smoke in Asia that the public cannot see through. Nike does not own any of the factories that produce its products in Asia, and subsequently they do not directly employ the workers or management. They contract out work to factories that make all of the products and run all of the factories. They have a massive amount of leverage when…show more content…
Many of the factories that are contracted have workers and management from different countries, causing problems in communication. Some factories have Taiwanese managers while factories in Vietnam have Korean managers. To look into these issues Nike commissioned Andrew Young, a former civil rights leader and United Nations ambassador to do an analysis of how well the code was working. Young and his staff visited four factories in Vietnam, Indonesia and China for three to four hours each led by Nike?s people. When Young?s report came out to the public it proved to be very uninformative. Young said, ?Nike is doing a good job, but could do better.? Another aspect that aggravated the public was that Young chose not to look into the issue of wages, a large component of the Code. The reason for this ?such an exercise was well beyond the technical capacity of our small firm.? (GoodWorks, Executive Summary) About a month go a secret internal audit performed by Ernst and Young was leaked to the press. In it was information about dangerous levels of carcinogens, as well as overtime abuse suffered by workers. This information directly contradicts Young?s statement of ?clean, well-lit, ventilated factories.? This report makes it appear that Young?s report was strictly for public relations and had no real impact
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