|JUST DOING IT?
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? Melissa Wilson of San Francisco, CA asks: I'm an international business students, and one of the major topics of most of my classes is doing business in foreign countries. The American people should understand that what Nike is doing in the other countries is not wrong. The culture in these countries is totally different then ours. How do we know the incidents in the factories are not an uncommon practice of there culture? If it was a real problem, why hasn't these people's government stepped in to take action?
A Spokesperson from Nike responds:
Melissa, you are correct to point out that cultures in different countries are different from our own. But, we do take responsibility for what occurs in Nike factories and believe we have a duty to ensure that people work in clean and safe factories.
On any given day there are over 500,000 people making Nike factories, and while incidents have occurred, overall they are very uncommon. We work to ensure people have a workplace free of harassment, abuse or corporal punishment. But when incidents do occur we take necessary action to either fire or fine those who are responsible.