Nike Hasn't Learned Its Lesson

As a long-standing critic of Nike Inc.'s Asian production practices, I applaud Linda Himelstein's observation that Andrew Young did a disservice to Nike by failing to address some key issues ("Nike hasn't scrubbed its image yet," News: Analysis & Commentary, July 7). Young's GoodWorks International may have made a significant contribution, however, by providing a good example of what "independent monitoring" isn't. In the coming months, President Clinton's apparel-industry partnership will unveil its plan for monitoring factories. As GoodWorks' facile report makes clear, this monitoring must include survey work done by indigenous groups the workers trust, not using factory walk-throughs with a few ritual visits to local worker-rights groups.

Jeffrey Ballinger

Alpine, N.J.

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