nike air max rosas Nike Pays Good Wages to Foreign Workers
Contrary to Bob Herbert’s June 10 and June 14 columns on Nike’s operations in Asia, Nike has been concerned with developing safe and healthy work environments wherever it has worked with contractors in emerging market societies.
Nike has paid, on average, double the minimum wage as defined in countries where its products are produced under contract. This is in addition to free meals, housing and health care and transportation subsidies.
Underdeveloped countries must trade or see deeper declines in living standards. History shows that the best way out of poverty for such countries is through exports of light manufactured goods that provide the base for more skilled production.
If we did not produce in the same low income societies as our competitors, we would be out of business, and our more than 10,000 United States employees would be unemployed. In 1984, our last year of United States production, we lost $10 million on United States produced footwear.
We have an oversight system that works, and we do our best to insure that labor abuses do not occur. Every Nike subcontractor is subject to systematic, unannounced evaluation carried out by Ernst Young, an international audit firm with expertise in assessing labor practices.
Mr. Herbert has never set foot inside a Nike subcontracted facility. Is it a better story to compare Michael Jordan, the most famous athlete of our day, at the peak of his fame and career, with people who are paid more than their countrymen but little by United States standards? The contrast is irresistible to reporters who sacrifice enlightenment for hype.