Reading the Nike case it was really a sort of wake-up call for me.
Just moments before reading the article, I was shopping for new soccer cleats
and was seriously considering making Nike my choice. I never thought that I
would indirectly be supporting hours of substandard labor that were put into
After the initial media crisis where Nike was pressured into
making changes to their policies in Indonesia everyone forgot about the
implementation and following up on whether they actually did what they said
they would. And, as was mentioned in class last week, what about all the other
retail companies that were doing the exact same thing….why didn’t we try and
flush them out and force them to treat the workers in foreign countries with
adequate working conditions and fair compensation.
No too shockingly, there are still Nike factories where workers
have not seen any change. As recent as July this year, the Daily
Mail reported that workers were still being abused in these factories and
still receiving far less in compensation than Nike promised the workers in
2001; 10 years ago.
We’ve talked about globalization and how it has spread the
practices of capitalism. But, in my opinion, the spread was the catalyst for
international businesses to look for cheaper labor and, most importantly, find
it. With the spread of capitalism came the “openness” for places such
as Indonesia and China to allow these western businesses to invest within their
borders. Does capitalism hurt those in the third world and is there a way to
tweak it to help those in the lower classes?
People will continue to exploit as long as there in an opportunity
to and unless something within the model of capitalism changes those who are
poor in the first world will continue to be poor and those who are poor in their
third world will be in ever more trouble.