Saturday, February 12, 2005

Nike sweatshops uncovered

Corky Simpson reports that UA AD Jim Livengood and others recently toured the Nike factories in SE Asia to investigate the "sweatshop issue" that has dogged Nike for years, especially on college campuses. The group was given free reign to talk to anyone, anywhere about problems that might exist, and the only problem was that everybody wanted to work there.
"The living and working conditions at the Nike factories are extremely good by Vietnamese standards. They offer home care for children, medical benefits and good cafeteria food. The issue I found was a concern that everybody over there might want these jobs. Nike working conditions have forced other manufacturers to improve their workplaces."

I'm waiting to see if the outcome of this trip merits as much press coverage as the protests that initiated it.

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