Nike will allow Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) to access its supplier factories. WRC will have formal access to Nike supplier factories that manufacture WRC-affiliated collegiate products, to investigate working conditions and strengthen coordination regarding any remediation efforts. The agreement also improves coordination between the consortium and the sportswear company when a violation is identified and change is required.
Nike also continues to work directly with the Fair Labor Association, a vital organisation dedicated to raising the standards for workers through its comprehensive supply chain program.
A report by the Worker Rights Consortium found that factory workers in Vietnam endured poor treatment, including not being allowed bathroom breaks and being padlocked in the factory. In the case of that facility, WRC identified a number of significant labor rights violations and has been working since then to try to get them corrected.
Worker Rights Consortium is an independent labor rights monitoring organisation, conducting investigations of working conditions in factories around the globe. Its purpose is to combat sweatshops and protect the rights of workers who make apparel and other products. Nike plans to focus on the hottest-selling sneakers, slash the number of styles it offers and sell more shoes directly to customers online as part of a restructuring in which it also will cut about 1,400 jobs.