Just Do It Nike: Stop Abusing Indonesian Workers
  • Petitioned Hannah Jones

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VP of Sustainable Business and Innovation at Nike
Hannah Jones
Nike, Inc.

Just Do It Nike: Stop Abusing Indonesian Workers

    1. Sarah Ryan
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Ryan

      Washington, DC

               Converse describes itself as “a story of legends, heroes, and innovators tied together by the love of sport.” But ‘sport’ doesn’t include throwing sneakers at factory workers, right? Tell that to the supervisors at the Indonesian factories which produce Converse shoes who regularly throw sneakers at their employees. Maybe also add that just like sneakers aren’t for throwing, employees aren’t for slapping or calling pigs and dogs. Reports compiled by the Associated Press show that the factories subcontracted by Converse are operating far below the standards it had set for itself ten years ago. Nike, which owns the Converse brand, confirms these reports, stating that ⅔ of the factories fail to meet Nike standards. But they cannot address these problems, they insist, since these contracts were set before Nike bought Converse in 2003.
               Then how do they explain the Pou Chen Group factory in Sukabumi, 60 miles from Indonesia’s capital of Jakarta which didn’t start producing Converse products until 2007? At this plant, workers are kicked, slapped, scratched, fired for taking sick days and paid fifty cents and hour. At another plant outside the nation’s capital, a supervisor forced six women to stand unprotected under the sun for two hours for failing to produce the targeted 60 dozen pairs of shoes on time.
               Hannah Jones, Nike’s VP of Sustainable Business and Innovation who oversees the company’s efforts to improve working conditions, confirms these findings but states that "We do see other issues of that similar nature coming up across the supply chain but not on a frequent level," she said. "We see issues of working conditions on a less egregious nature across the board."
               How many sneakers have to be thrown for working conditions to be considered egregious Ms. Jones? How many workers abused or humiliated? Join us in demanding that Nike hold themselves accountable by:
               -Conducting far more aggressive and transparent investigations into the factories they are subcontracting to produce Converse products.
               -Suspending factories that they identify (or have already been identified) as below Nike standards (as stated in the Nike Responsibility: Workers and Factories and Nike Leadership Standard) until the factory owners and subcontractors take action to improve working conditions for employees, put managers through Nike leadership training, pass all working condition standards and report these revisions to the Nike task force.
               -Creating a transparent strategy to address labor violations in factories under existing contracts

Recent signatures

    News

    1. NIKE, Inc. & Converse Address Supply Chain Issues

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      As an affiliate of NIKE, Converse takes matters of unfair labor practices very seriously and vigorously supports the protection of rights for the worker. Once notified about these issues within factories producing Converse product, immediate action..

    2. SUCCESS!

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      GREAT NEWS! Nike and Converse are taking concrete steps to address the issues that were found in many of their contracted factories in Indonesia and vow to take immediate action. Success!

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. AP Exclusive: Nike faces new worker abuse claims

      Sarah Ryan
      Campaigns Strategist and Coordinator

      Workers making Converse sneakers in Indonesia say supervisors throw shoes at them, slap them in the face and call them dogs and pigs. Nike, the brand's owner, acknowledges that such abuse has occurred but says there was little it could do to stop it.

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    • alexander villa SAN JOSE, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      grow a concience, pretend it was your kids working in those factories, or yourself... its not that hard to find kind managers, a happy environment increases productivity

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    • Lori Bonner KENMORE, WI
      • almost 3 years ago

      I will stop wearing Converse and tell everyone I know about this until yoiu make a change!!!!!

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    • Louise Jacob YONKERS, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      I will follow this campaign and stop buying Converse for my kids until Nike changes the conditions of its workers - those poor women!

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    • mari garcia BROWNS MILLS, NJ
      • almost 3 years ago

      nike stop being so damn lazy and protect your employees. if this were happening in america all hell would break loose. you dont want to do anything about it because you dont want to. if you own the company you can damn well change the contract, which should never allow or accept this type of abuse. i think you should have to pay damges to each worker for balant negligence

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    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • almost 3 years ago

      Nike is yet one more mega corporation that isn't content with abusing the rights of American workers in America, with the assistance of their Republican and "Blue Dog" Democrat puppets. They now need to expand their nefarious activities abroad to the "developing world" where they can take advantage of child and slave labor and unsafe working conditions in their quest for ever more riches...

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