07 June 2007 | Paul Snell
Sports equipment manufacturer Nike has unveiled a range of corporate social responsibility goals.
The firm, once famously criticised for poor conditions at supplier factories, says it wants to improve working conditions for the 800,000 people who manufacture its branded products. It hopes to eliminate the problem of excessive overtime by 2011.The company is also keen to increase the transparency of its supply chain operations by posting a list of the 700 factories it uses on the internet at nikeresponsibility.com. The site will also explain the auditing tools it uses to examine its suppliers.
It also intends to make its factories, shops and business travel climate neutral by 2011.
Last month Nike signed a deal with a new supplier in Pakistan to make Nike footballs after problems with a different supplier last year. The contract has imposed strict guarantees on Silver Star, which is expected to meet nine workplace conditions, including making sure that employees are registered, paid hourly rates and eligible for social benefits, such as healthcare.
Nike said the previous supplier had broken environmental, health and safety and labour requirements and "failed its employees".