Spending four months in a country like Denmark was surreal. Danes have been named the “happiest people on Earth” on several occasions, they have almost no crime, they are completely environmentally friendly, and all of their services are free (upon paying 50% of their income in taxes).
The first thing that came to my mind upon reading the Nike case was the fact Danish would never partake in immoral labor activities like Nike (and other American companies) do. As my core focus while abroad in Denmark, I took an International Business class. With this class, I visited several Danish companies in Copenhagen and throughout Denmark. The one thing that stood out to me at all of these different businesses from different industries (medicine, beverages, etc.) was that they took pride in the fact that even if they used foreign labor, they made 100% sure that the labor conditions were up to par and that the workers were old enough and treated well.
In Denmark, being competitive in any aspect of life is completely taboo; no one is allowed to work past 5 pm in order to eliminate unnecessary competition (a little different from the U.S., huh!?). Consequently, the workers in different countries try to work longer hours, and the Danish companies do not allow them to do so.
While the U.S. is stronger than Denmark in many respects, it is sad to think that the U.S. is not more like the country in this respect.