Students and workers have forced Nike to end their attempts to hide workplace abuses and sign a landmark factory access agreement, reports United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS). A new protocol between Nike and the Worker Rights Consortium (WRC) was announced earlier this week and is expected to enhance the well-being and rights of workers who produce Georgetown-licensed apparel and offer a model for the industry. Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia hailed the new protocol, which was facilitated by Georgetown, as “an important new framework for collaboration to protect workers’ rights around the world.” Georgetown was among the universities which ended their Nike contracts after USAS launched a global campaign to force the footwear giant to ensure its 690 subcontracted factories can be accessed by the WRC, the independent labor monitor. Read more.
photo: worker at Alta Gracia, a factory in the Dominican Republic that offers workers a living wage.