Nike makes more than 90% of its shoes in Vietnam, China and Indonesia. The working conditions of Nike workers in these countries have been criticised. In 2011 it was reported by the DailyMail that Nike:
Workers at the Sukabumi plant, about 60 miles from Jakarta, say supervisors frequently throw shoes at them, slap them in the face, kick them and call them dogs and pigs… Nike admits that such abuse has occurred among the contractors that make its hip high-tops but says there was little it could do to stop it.
Well, Nike has had enough of the bad publicity and has put its contract manufacturers on notice: adhered to new labour and sustainability standards or risk losing Nike’s business. Bloomberg interviewed Hannah Jones, vice president of sustainable business and innovation at Nike, who stated that:
We will be moving away from companies that are not committed to putting workers and sustainability at the heart of their growth agendas… There are new rules of engagement.
The new standards were introduced as part of Nike’s latest report on sustainability and worker issues.
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