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CEO Phil Knight answers questions on
Nike's new labor initiatives.
May 22, 1998
in this forum:
Will Nike agree to the use of a 3rd party auditor? What is Nike's position on uninionization in their Asian factories? How do we know the incidents in the factories are not an uncommon practice of there culture? Do any other shoe manufacturers do it differently? Why are you defensive when you are supplying jobs to people? Are you providing a livable wage? Don't you think it's a little hypocritical to be making these changes now? How does your product get marked up so high? Do Nike critics have another agenda? Aaron Gaudio of Corvallis, OR asks: What is Nike's position on unions, should there be pressure for them to form, in its Asian factories? Does Nike interact with the governments of the affected countries in order to affect legislation which might prevent or encourage the organization of labor?
A Spokesperson from Nike responds:
Nike's Code of Conduct, which binds our contract factories to a set of principles, recognizes the right of freedom of association and collective bargaining. Nike doesn't interact with governments to affect legislation to prevent or encourage the organization of labor.