Academics Studying & Athletic and Campus Apparel Industry
Who is ADIDAS' CEO? Is it Steve Wynn, President of Adidas America? NO WAY. Few know for sure because Adidas does not engage in the same PR strategies as Prima Donna Nike, or Human Rights Champion Reebok. Check their web sites and you will see. Nevertheless, Adidas does make the news. Answer: Adidas is Germany's sportswear giant. The CEO OF ADIDAS is Robert Louis-Dreyfus. With his Harvard MBA, he downsized Adidas in 1993, closed down the European factories, and set up subcontracts in China. He is worth $390 million.
WHAT IS ADIDAS' STRATEGY? When consumers find out what is happening Adidas will cancel their contracts and move along to countries such as China where there is even less resistance. This happened in El Salvador and in Thailand to cite two examples. This way workers can continue to slave in Dickensian working conditions. Check the Adidas FAQ or the Adidas CEO letter to shareholders (just facts on products and financials); you will see it is completely different than Nike's site, which defends every factory scandal every day.
WHO OWNS ADIDAS? - adidas-Salomon AG - SOGEDIM which is based in Belgium is 100% owned by ADIDAS INTERNATIONAL HOLDING GmbH the shareholders of which are the members of the ADIDAS board of directors Robert Louis-Dreyfus and Christian Tourres (both from France), Mary H. Friday and Thomas Russell (botz from USA) and David Bromilov (Great Britain) (CCC).
WHAT DOES Adidas MEAN? Adidas combination of ADI the first name of the founder DAS first three letters of his last name, Dassler. The full name now is Adidas-Salomon AG.
DOES ADIDAS have A Code of Conduct? In 1996 Adidas signed the International Football Association FIFA Code of Conduct against child labor in the production of footballs and international unions (ILO) are doing some monitoring since July, 1st, 1997 (CCC). Currently there are more than 3,000 employees working at adidas’ two main operational centres, at HQ in Herzogenaurach (Germany) and in Portland, Oregon (USA). 12,433 employees work worldwide directly for Adidas. Hundreds of thousands more work under what is called "STANDARDS of ENGAGEMENT"
COULD ADIDAS PAYING A LIVING WAGE? The figures speak for themselves.
ALL WE HEAR ABOUT ARE NIKE PROTESTS - WHAT ABOUT ADIDAS PROTESTS? If you only read the New York Times and Washington Post you will not find out about Adidas protests. Go to Germany and the Clean Clothes Campaign is quite active (CCC). Adidas dominates the European Athletic Apparel market.
Where are the factories? The GLOBE PROJECT is an attempt to compile a list of them.
Newspaper : Jakarta Post
Title : Probation sentence
sought for Ngadinah –ADIDAS
A prosecutor asked the Tangerang
District Court on Thursday (July 26) to sentence
labor activist Ngadinah to a probation period for
inciting other workers to join a strike. Prosecutor
Eka Widyastuti said that defendant Ngadinah
should be sentenced to seven months in jail if she
repeated the same offence within a year. The
prosecutor said that the defendant had violated
Article 335 of the Criminal Code on inciting
others to commit "offensive or violent
acts", which also inflicted losses to the company
where she works: PT Panarub, a company
that produces Adidas shoes.
Dressed in a blue long-sleeved
shirt and beige slacks, Ngadinah listened
intently to the sentence demand. She told presiding
judge Achmad Zaini that she would prepare her
plea in the next session on Aug. 6. She told The
Jakarta Post outside the courtroom that her lawyers,
Pardoman Simanjuntak and Lelly Gustinar, decided on
July 3 to withdraw themselves from the case in
protest over the court's rejection of their
request to present expert witnesses: Harkristuti
Harkrisnowo, criminal law expert of the
Indonesian University and HP Raja Gukguk of the
Indonesian Christian University. Ngadinah
said that the judges later granted the request to
allow Harkristuti to testify in the hearing early this
month, but the two lawyers still refused to continue
handling the case. Commenting on the prosecutor's
demand, Ngadinah, said it was the right of prosecutors
to determine the length of the sentence demanded.
"I am not shocked because I have seen from earlier
sessions that all (legal) process is unfair," she
said. Tangerang Police arrested Ngadinah, 28,
who had worked for PT Panarub for five years, on April
23 following information provided by company
human resource manager Slamet Supriyadi. Supriyadi
filed a complaint with the police that the
defendant had forced other workers to join a massive
strike between Sept. 8 and Sept. 11, 2000,
causing the company Rp 500 million in losses
during the four-day strike by 8,000 workers.
After spending four weeks under police detention,
Ngadinah was released on May 22 and was put
under house arrest under guarantee of State Minister
for the Environment Sony Keraff, Deputy Director of
the Foundation of the Indonesian Legal Aid
Institute Munir and Coordinator of the
Commission for Missing
Persons and Victims of Violence Munarman.
Earlier, police charged her with violating Article 160
of the Criminal Code for resisting authorities
in public. However, the prosecutor then also charged
her with violating Article 335.
ACADEMICS STUDYING ... What are the Studies?
The Studies focus on the Way Women are organizing to demand LIVING WAGES, SAFE WORKING CONDITIONS, and COLLECTIVE BARGAINING. The Global anti-sweatshop movement is a WOMEN'S MOVEMENT. A reaction to male dominated global capitalism. We are studying this as a Global Movement: