While Nike continues to take heat for their Colin Kaepernick ad campaign, they have taken on new criticism for their history of what some view as anti-American worker business practices. Nike has come under fire in recent years for laying off 1,400 American workers and moving factories outside of the U.S. to places like China, Honduras, and Vietnam all in the name of saving some money.
For free-market supporters, outsourcing is not necessarily a bad thing. But for a company that is literally making money off of promoting social justice, it seems a bit ironic that they run their business like, well, a capitalist.
Breitbart has more:
“For more than three and half decades, Nike has employed most of its workforce in low wage Vietnam and China, rather than the United States. For example, as of this year, Nike has 46 percent of its products produced in Vietnam, where the year minimum wage is close to $1,000. About 27 percent of its products are made in China, where the average worker earns less than $5,000 a year.
“In Beaverton, Oregon — where Nike headquarters remain — the district lost more American jobs to Chinese outsourcing than any other district in the state. In the last ten years, about 21,000 American jobs in the region have been outsourced to China by multinational corporations like Nike.”
But that’s not the only examples. A Screen printing factory in New York that made T-shirts for Nike and employed around 170 Americans closed up shop in 2015 to move their operations to Honduras, where the average minimum wage worker makes less than $8,000 a year.
If Colin Kaepernick is so concerned with injustice, maybe he should take a look at the business practices of Nike, instead of taking their money.