INDONESIA: Nike promises action on worker abuse reports
Nike has acknowledged that some Converse factories fail to meet its ethical standards
The reports concern alleged physical and verbal abuse levelled by supervisors at workers in the Pou Chen and PT Amara facilities near Jakarta, which between them employ about 10,000 workers, most of them women.
It is further reported that Nike itself acknowledged that nearly two-thirds of factories making products for Converse fail to meet the company’s own ethical standards.
In response, Nike said it and Converse had taken “decisive” action, implementing changes including direct interviews with workers, which led to the creation of action plans; engaging the Fair Labor Association to review and report; reviewing and reinforcing a confidential grievance process for workers; and implementing HR and cross-cultural training for ex-patriate supervisors and managers.
“As an affiliate of Nike, Converse takes matters of unfair labour practices very seriously and vigorously supports the protection of rights for the worker,” Nike said.
“Once notified about these issues within factories producing Converse product, immediate action was taken.
“Nike and Converse remain highly engaged with its factory partners so that the corrective actions are systemic and lasting.”
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