Essay about Nike: the Sweatshop Debate

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Nike: The Sweatshop Debate
MGT/448
May 31, 2010
Instructor: Adrianne Ford

Nike: The Sweatshop Debate
The purpose and intent of this paper is to describe the legal, cultural, and ethical challenges that face the Nike Corporation in their global business ventures. This paper will also touch on the roles of the host government and countries where Nike manufactures their products and the author will summarize the strategic and operational challenges that Nike managers face in globalization of the Nike product. Nike is a United States based sports company in Beaverton, Oregon. Nike’s original name was Blue Ribbon Sports and its mission is to be the world’s leading sports and fitness company (Nikebiz, 2010). Nike had two options for
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According to the article international human rights, groups and labor coalitions have tried urging foreign invested factories to improve the living conditions, and Vietnamese laborers have little power to organize boycotts to try to stop the treatment going on in said sweatshops. The Vietnam workers in these factories are protesting more to have a better quality of life and the government of Vietnam has a responsibility to make this happen. The Vietnam government has the responsibility of ensuring workers when foreign investors enter Vietnam these companies are abiding by the country’s labor laws and if these companies refuse, it is the responsibility of the Vietnam government to enforce the law or force out the company. There are strategic and operational challenges facing global managers in today’s marketplace. In the case of Nike, they have to continue to better their business performance and relationships with its foreign investments. Nike must continue in its efforts to make a change by continuing the supplier code of conduct that extends the corporation’s values to its suppliers. Nike must continue in its efforts to retain good corporate social responsibility, which can have an influence on their suppliers. Nike must continue in its auditing practices, best practices in education, rewarding compliance and ensuring that variances from the standard

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