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Nike Ethics and Human Violations

Like other large corporations, Nike looked to expand their operations outside North America. Many companies do this because of the law and wage demands of the United States making overseas operations very appealing. Employment laws are scarce and labor is cheap in most third world countries and can be easily become targeted by giant corporations such as Nike. In the beginning, Nike probably selected countries like Indonesia and Vietnam because of the vast poverty level and wage demand given the demographics. I highly doubt Nike moved into Indonesia and Vietnam thinking that their ethical demeanor was about to be challenged. That all changed when Global Alliance exposed Nike and forced them to take an account for their unethical actions. All the while, most people in North America and around the world continue to purchase Nike products without a second thought. Indonesia Nike has been accused with human rights violations for many reasons. The allegations brought against Nike included that of the use of child labor in factories, unsafe working conditions to include exposure to toxic chemicals, the use of machinery without the proper safety training or safeguards, pay below minimum wage and working people like dogs even to point of death in extreme cases. The established factories Nike created to produce its products were in no way used to promote human rights. On the contrary, these sweatshop establishments became a major ethical dilemma for Nike. So much so that Nike had do decide whether to continue to benefit from cheap labor practices and risk more scutiney or spend more money to improve the factories, training of employees, and overall working conditions. Nike’s goal of profiting from the cheap labor cost of product... ... middle of paper ... ...a Solidarity Network. 1998. http://www.maquilasolidarity.org/campaigns/nike/labprac98.htm (25 Jan. 2004). Conner, Tim. "Still Waiting for Nike to Do It." Global Exchange. May 2001. http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/sweatshops/nike/faq.html.pf (25 Jan. 2004). “Nike – VN Fact Sheet.” Boycott Nike. 30 Jan. 1999. http://www.saigon.com/~nike/factsheet.htm (1 Feb. 2004). "Frequently Asked Questions." Global Exchange. 13 Aug. 2003. http://www.globalexchange.org/campaigns/nike/codes.html (1 Feb. 2004). Levy, Dan., "Work conditions protested at opening of new store." San Francisco Chronicle, Sat, Feb 22, 1997: pA15 Text (Lewis, Goodman, Fandt, Michlitsch, Adminstrative Management, 2007) p.61 http://www.businessinsider.com/how-nike-solved-its-sweatshop-problem-2013-5 http://www.nytimes.com/1997/11/08/business/nike-shoe-plant-in-vietnam-is-called-unsafe-for-workers.html
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