Feminist? Like Humans? (Yes, Still) Boycott Nike. For now.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jul 18, 2011
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Say it ain’t so, Shoe Giant?

10 years ago, Nike reformed its ways. Or, not:

At the Taiwanese-operated Pou Chen Group factory in Sukabumi, Indonesia, which makes Converse shoes for Nike, and PT Amara Footwear factory in Jakarta, workers alleged that they are paid ultra-low wages, regularly verbally and physically abused, and even fired for the act of taking sick leave:

The 10,000 mostly female workers at the Taiwanese-operated Pou Chen plant make around 50 cents an hourread the rest here.

From 10 years ago (Indonesian workers are making 10 cents more an hour, now, than then—10 years ago. That’s a great annual raise, right?):



About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


3 Responses to “Feminist? Like Humans? (Yes, Still) Boycott Nike. For now.”

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  2. Namaste says:

    any suggestions for how to not advertise for Nike when I go running now? I have a pair of their sneaks and it would be wasteful to throw them out but now I really dont want to be an ad for them. Patch over sneakers…hmmm…

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