Nike Sweatshop Debate Essay

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Nike Sweatshop Debate Case Study Maurice Adams MGT/448 April 17, 2014 Fernando Bernal Abstract Nike faced a number of cultural, legal, and ethical challenges amidst speculation and controversy surrounding the company’s practice of contracting out the manufacture and production of their athletic apparel design. The majority of this controversy was stimulated by the Nike’s alleged use of contractors that failed to abide by international or local legislation regarding the treatment of workers or, as it turns out, contractors that did not comply with labor standards that Nike itself had set. Despite the deplorability of these allegations, it is important to view the allegations within the scope of the cultural context in which these factories exist. Nike Sweatshop Debate Case Study Nike faced a number of cultural, legal, and ethical challenges amidst speculation and controversy surrounding the company’s practice of contracting out the manufacture and production of their athletic apparel design. The majority of this controversy was stimulated by the Nike’s alleged use of contractors that failed to abide by international or local legislation regarding the treatment of workers or, as it turns out, contractors that did not comply with labor standards that Nike itself had set. Some of the specific allegations were that the contractors that Nike employs do not provide their employees a safe working environment, hire workers that are too young to legally work in manufacturing according to the Fair Labor Association (FLA), force their laborers to work excessive hours, do not pay their laborers a sustainable wage, and moreover in some cases do not even pay the host nation’s minimum wage. Despite the deplorability of these allegations, it is important to view the allegations within the scope of the cultural context in which these factories exist. The host

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