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Manufacturing in Indonesia (02:58)


Adidas makes its shoes in Indonesia, taking advantage of its cheap labor. Social Codes of Conduct have become standard for factories that supply the textile industry. Who monitors factories to see that conduct codes are carried out?

Employee Rights and Remuneration (03:12)

In the Adidas factory, employees are trained for several weeks prior to employment. They learn about employee rights. Even though Social Codes of Conduct cover employee remuneration, the code is vague about specifics.

Global Social Responsibility (03:29)

The fact that companies can no longer continue their previous practices in countries with cheap labor is due to the dedicated efforts of international agencies. Adidas and its suppliers have violated employee rights and provision of a living wage.

Living Wage in Indonesia (03:17)

Employees of the Adidas factory complain that they do not earn a living wage. An employee makes only one-third of what it costs to live in Jakarta each month. Government systems prevent a single company from raising wages for local workers.

Adidas in Indonesia: Employee Overtime (03:02)

In Indonesia, many company owners do not follow legal regulations regarding overtime pay. Employers might lose customers if they allow employees to work more than is allowed.

Violation of Workers' Rights (05:31)

Many Indonesian workers in Adidas factories or their suppliers' factories are not aware of their legal rights nor are they acquainted with their unions. They work on a day-to-day basis, over with extended overtime and with no contracts.

Turkey: Textile Supply Innovations (04:20)

Turkey competes with low-wage countries with concepts or its own. It produces organic cotton for specialized markets and for future demand. This segment takes film viewers into a cotton-processing factory.

Turkey: Future of Textile Manufacturing (03:41)

Guidelines for chemicals used in coloring processing of textiles prevent dyeworks from using harmful chemicals. Turkey faces competition from labor forces in Uzbekistan, Egypt, and Pakistan. The EU puts pressure on Turkish textile manufacturers.

Turkish Textile Customization (02:26)

In Turkey, there are still small sewing shops that can quickly respond to spontaneous customer wishes with hand-made, made-to-measure garments. These small shops undergo scrutiny by European regulators.

Ecological and Social Standards for Textile Manufacturing (04:15)

International organizations like UNICEF and WWF oversee textile manufacturing and help countries produce goods in compliance with Western social and ecological standards. This segment features India's textile industry.

Dye Works: Environmental vs. Economic Issues (02:21)

In India, where compliance with environmental standards is lax, international suppliers are required to update dyeworks facilities to eliminate harmful chemical pollution of groundwater. Local dye works companies escape regulation.

India's Polluted Groundwater (02:49)

Pollution of Indian's groundwater by the textile industry begins with pesticides used in the cotton fields. Many farmers, increasingly unable to make profits, commit suicide. It the textile industry in Asia fast, cheap, and fair?

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Most industries exploit the advantages of globalization—specifically, low labor costs. Recently, however, major textile manufacturers have come under increasing pressure from fair trade activists and NGOs. This program studies the complex mix of economic forces, corporate policies, and social conditions that go into the production of everyday consumer goods, especially apparel items. Shedding light on the policies of adidas, H&M, and other key players in the global textiles market, the program examines the circumstances under which sports shoes and T-shirts are produced in countries like Indonesia, India, and Turkey. Viewers will gain insight into labor practices that have improved but remain troublesome for many workers. (45 minutes)

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL39601

ISBN: 978-1-60467-484-2

Copyright date: ©2007

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