University of Washington cuts ties with Adidas

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SEATTLE — Following months of student protests, the University of Washington has cut all business ties with Adidas over the company’s failure to provide severance compensation for workers at a closed factory.

University of Washington’s President Michael K. Young instructed the university’s Office of Trademarks and Licensing to sever all Adidas’ production of UW-licensed items, said Bob Roseth, director of UW’s News and Information.

The university’s advisory committee has reviewed the school’s relationship with Adidas over the past year. The committee decided the company’s actions were not consistent with the school’s code of conduct. The primary issue, Roseth said in a statement, was Adidas’ responsibility for contractors in its supply chain, and their failure to adhere to local law.  Adidas contractor P.T. Kizone failed to meet Indonesian law providing severance compensation for laid-off workers.

“Whatever technical or legal arguments Adidas may rely on to support its position in this case, the bottom line is that its handling of the situation does not meet our expectations for the humane and ethical treatment of workers who produce UW licensed products,” Young said in a statement.

Adidas will have 60 days from Tuesday to sell any remaining inventory of school product.

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  • Edward Weelsen

    Yea, this looks good for the University of Washington as they hide the fact they were supporting "sweat shops" and child labor practices by purchasing all those products from these factories before all this became a "public" issue. Been there, have seen multiple factories, hiring people of all ages, locking them in the factories in the morning, letting them out for a 30 minute lunch and locking them in again for the afternoon and evening. No bathrooms. No water fountains, Nada, Zilch and a huge denial from from all our "politically correct" "public universities". Got pictures. Got statements. Have copies of orders. And you will get a response from our universities when called upon: '"we would never knowingly support such an operation".Blah Blah Blah,,,,BS politically correct denial,,,Aye yai yai. Take a trip. take your camera. Wake up. They support this for all the wrong reasons. I was buying nike and addidas sneaker for $2 a pair outside the plants. A pair of dockers were also $2. The 3 of us brought back 5 suitcases with 31Kg of new products labeled for sale in the US. The college apparel was 5 for $1. Pick your school, it doesn't matter. You see, I am lucky, my spouse was chief of import/export for a manufacturer of these fine american products.
    You ask: How could you purchase these products? Raw materials with tight inventory controls results in the plant manager's ability to produce a small amount beyond the orders the plant receives. He never discloses this and sells it on the black market or to local outlets and pockets the money for his bonus. The americano never goes into the "local" neighborhoods, doesn't speak the language and always "hires" a translator or "consultant" to communicate for him. He has no clue. really doesn't care.
    I was outraged by these events and working conditions but was told by the factory workers making $60/month it was a job and not to say anything for fear they wouldn't have a job to support their families..Somewhere between $2 a pair for nike and addidas ( there are many other brands and known labels) and the Billions they pay for product endorsements, can they not have a conscience and pay the poor factory worker more money or provide them with decent working conditions? Awful. Just plain awful. And they all hide behind their PR firms spewing politically correct BS at the public who sucks it in and believes it. Really? My only words of advice is to challenge everything. Due diligence is the motto. Investigate everything. Let's rally to the cause of decency.

    • lkjhgfd

      Please explain how you make your own clothing…..Because if you buy anything from any store you are also supporting the same……KTHXBI!!!!!