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October 2015, Nike has decided it will no longer allow independent monitoring organizations, like the WRC, to access and inspect any of its supplier factories. Instead, Nike will monitor its own compliance by referencing its own internal code of conduct. Nike's refusal to allow the WRC access to any of its supplier factories undermines the entire structure that our universities have worked to build for almost two decades to protect the integrity of our licensing programs.
Most importantly, this decision will undoubtedly have a dangerous impact on garment workers around the world who rely on their ability to communicate with the WRC when their basic rights are violated in the workplace. Nike’s extensive track record of code of conduct violations is well-known to all of us - the repeated abuses documented in Nike factories around the world were among the catalysts that drove our universities to adopt their own labor codes of conduct and rely on the WRC in the early 2000's. The WRC exists because apparel companies, including Nike, cannot be trusted to voluntarily police themselves without impartial third-party oversight.
United Students Against Sweatshops has already brought this issue to the attention of their schools, and WRC Executive Director, Scott Nova, has issued a memo explaining the WRC's stance on this decision, as well as a comprehensive history of the WRC monitoring Nike supplier factories. That memo can be found here.
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