Join Date: Nov 2006
In the case of Nike I believe a lot of their stuff is made through independent contractors for which they have very little control over how the factory is run. Basically Nike pays them X dollars for the product, and the factory makes sure they get what they want by any means.
The ethical issue here tho is should Nike take responsibility for how the workers of these factories are treated, even tho they don't own the factory. The argument can go both ways really. You could say it's not Nike's fault in that they aren't running show, just paying. Or you could say the factory is only running because Nike is all of their business, and they should make sure there products are made ethically.
The best thing Nike can do in my opinion is make sure they do ethical audits on there manufacturers from time to time. Make sure the factory is abiding the local government laws for the country the stuff is made in. This is difficult tho as often these places will have 2 sets of books, and will restrict you from talking to their workers. It should however still be done.
If your still worried about how where your stuff is coming from and what child created it shop smart. Brands like Alife, and Supreme have a lot of their production done in Canada, and even Diamond and TH have their tees at least screened in the USA. This stuff may run at a premium because of it, but at least you know some 8 year old kid didn't sew your hoodie.