26 Aug '11, 4pm

Cleaning Up Brand Names' Supply Chains

Competition is heating up among the world’s leading sportswear manufacturers, but not to see who can introduce the hottest new running shoe. Since the advocacy group Greenpeace released its “Dirty Laundry” report in July, Nike, Puma and Adidas have been racing to respond to charges that their suppliers are polluting Chinese waterways. The report found dangerous amounts of toxic chemicals released by Chinese textile manufacturers producing sportswear for these global brands, and it challenged these corporations to set a zero-discharge policy for their suppliers. Soon after the publication of “Dirty Laundry,” Puma was the first to take the leap, pledging to eliminate the discharge of hazardous chemicals in their production processes by 2020. Nike then made a similar commitment. Adidas responded to the Greenpeace report without committing to a deadline. But in an e-mail messa...

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