What are some of Nike's alleged unethical business practices?


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Requiring workers to work more than 65 hours a week, exposing workers to carcinogens and paying workers below minimum wages are some unethical businesses practices of which Nike has been accused. Nike has been accused of violating workers' rights at locations in Vietnam and Indonesia.

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During 1991 and 1992, conditions at Nike factories were exposed by Jeff Ballinger, a labor rights activist. He alleged that Nike was paying Indonesian workers low wages. In 1997, reports emerged that workers in Vietnam were exposed to carcinogens and forced to work more than 65 hours a week, which is more than Vietnam law allows. The company answered these reports by auditing problem factories and publishing reports containing audit data, the company's commitments and other information.

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