Commentary: Who Says Student Protests Don't Matter?

For several years, Nike, Gap, and most other leading U.S. garment makers have tried to placate anti-sweatshop activists by hiring auditors to inspect their overseas factories. But the industry has refused to make the audits public. Executives have insisted that they shouldn't have to air their dirty laundry until the factories--which are often owned by contractors--have a chance to fix any problems.

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