Although adidas’ Workplace Standards do not explicitly prohibit the use of recruitment agents, the company deems its suppliers “directly responsible for all recruitments terms, employment terms and conditions…” Suppliers are therefore not “allowed to use employment agencies which manage the entire employment relationship.”
Lotto says it is waiting for the Fair Labor Association (FLA) code review to be completed and will try to follow FLA policy on this issue. The company is not currently willing to make a commitment on the matter.
Mizuno says it understands “these problems and will take steps to state our policies on the response to the problems related our suppliers gradually,” but does not currently make a commitment on the issue.
Nike says it strongly discourages factories from using 3rd-party contractors to hire workers engaged in its core business, but the company will not commit to eliminating the practice, claiming that employment agencies are required in some countries (i.e. small firms in Malaysia).
“These already form part of our work with suppliers. Although there are some problems in some countries, in general all our core business suppliers have permanent, direct and open-ended contracts with workers.” While this is positive, the company needs to clarify whether they apply this standard at all supplier factories or just “in general” at “core” suppliers.
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