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Child Labor Report 2005

Appendix C: Codes of Conduct Provided by Companies Surveyed

NIKE Policy

Wherever NIKE operates around the globe, the company is guided by the following Code of Conduct, and binds its business partners to the code's principles with a signed Memorandum of Understanding.


NIKE, Inc. was founded on a handshake.

Implicit in that act was the determination that we would build our business with all of our partners upon trust, teamwork, honesty and mutual respect. We expect all of our business partners to operate on the same principles.

At the core of the NIKE corporate ethic is the belief that we are a company comprised of many different kinds of people, appreciating individual diversity, and dedicated to equal opportunity for each individual.

NIKE designs, manufactures and markets sports and fitness products. At each step in that process, we are dedicated to minimizing our impact on the environment. We seek to implement to the maximum extent possible the three "R's" of environmental action: reduce, reuse and recycle.

We seek always to be a leader in our quest to enhance people's lives through sports and fitness. That means at every opportunity whether in the design, manufacturing and marketing of products; in the environment; in the areas of human rights and equal opportunity; or in our relationships in the communities in which we do business -- we seek to do not only what is required, but, whenever possible, what is expected of a leader.

There Is No Finish Line.


1. Government regulation of business

(Subcontractor/supplier) certifies compliance with all applicable local government regulations regarding minimum wage; overtime; child labor laws; provisions for pregnancy, menstrual leave; provisions for vacation and holidays; and mandatory retirement benefits.

2. Safety and health

(Subcontractor/supplier) certifies compliance with all applicable local gov ernment regulations regarding occupational health and safety.

3. Worker insurance

(Subcontractor/supplier) certifies compliance with all applicable local laws providing health insurance, life insurance and worker's compensation.

4. Forced labor

(Subcontractor/supplier) certifies that it and its suppliers and contractors do not use any form of forced labor prison or otherwise.

5. Environment

(Subcontractor/supplier) certifies compliance with all applicable local environmental regulations, and adheres to NIKE's own broader environmental practices, including the prohibition on the use of chloro-flouro-carbons (CFCs), the release of which could contribute to the depletion of the earth's ozone layer.

6. Equal opportunity

(Subcontractor/supplier) certifies that it does not discriminate in hiring, salary, benefits, advancement, termination or retirement on the basis of gender, race, religion, age, sexual orientation or ethnic origin.

7. Documentation and inspection

(Subcontractor/supplier) agrees to maintain on file such documentation as may be needed to demonstrate compliance with the certifications in this Memorandum of Understanding, and further agrees to make these documents available for NIKE's inspection upon request.

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Companies Surveyed

Dayton Hudson Corporation

Dillard Department Stores

The Dress Barn, Inc.

Family Dollar Stores

Federated Department Stores

Fruit of the Loom

The Gap

Hartmarx Corporation

JC Penney Company

Jones Apparel Group

Kellwood Company

Kmart Corporation

Land's End, Inc.

Levi Strauss & Company

The Limited

Liz Claiborne

Mercantile Stores Company

Montgomery Ward Holding Company



Oxford Industries

Phillips-Van Heusen

Price Costco

Ross Stores, Inc.

Russell Corporation

Salant Corporation

Sara Lee Corporation

Sears Roebuck & Company

Spiegel, Inc.

Stage Stores, Inc.

The Talbots, Inc.

Tultex Corporation

Venture Stores

VF Corporation

Wal-Mart Stores

Warnaco Group

Woolworth Corporation

Child Labor Report 2005

Child Labor

This report was developed and provided by the U.S. Labor Department

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