The Impact of Nike's Production Upon Developing Countries

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Nike: Impact Upon Developing Countries Curtis Ardolino Nike is the world’s single largest producer of sporting wear, clothing, shoes and accessories. An Oregon based company founded in 1972 by Phillip H. Knight and William J. Bowerman. Nike’s broad range of products is the key to it’s success, it’s range includes Nike Skateboarding, Nike Golf, Nike Pro, Nike +, Nike Air Jordan and owns other big names such as surf brand Hurley; shoe manufacturer Cole Haan; and two large sports companies – Converse and Umbro. Having such huge sponsorship contracts with many of the world’s biggest athletes and sports teams, these huge profiles are simply another outlet for Nike to promote their products. Nike currently employs over 31,000 people…show more content…
Nike disagrees with these claims suggesting that their code of conduct is enforced and worker safety is assured. Investigations have shown us that some of these policies have been broken and abuses have occurred as a result of this. There are always two sides two a story, Nike’s is really just one large argument. The argument against is that Nike exploits it’s workers and can set the price of their products as high as they want and the argument for Nike is that it brings billions of dollars into these struggling countries, employs thousands of people, gives these people security, accommodation and food. In our countries Nike’s actions would be illegal but this is the exact reasons that they have shifted manufacturing overseas because of the fact that it is so much cheaper and efficient to produce their goods. This whole story is a double edged sword, Nike is the world’s largest manufacturer of sporting goods, they produce tens of thousands of items each day through cheap labour and sell their goods for huge profits. Some may argue that they employ slave style workers, paying very little wage and allocating very little freedom to their workers. The countries that Nike produces in are often underdeveloped and underprivileged, Nike pays higher than average wage to it’s workers, it begs the question that if these conditions are so bad why do thousands of people continue to manufacture goods in Nike’s factories, these workers are given accommodation

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