Sunday, May 8, 2011

Open Letter to ASICS

April 24, 2011

ASICS America Corporation
Nobou Oda, Chairman and CEO
29 Parker, Suite 100
Irvine, CA 92618

Dear Nobou Oda,

In my letters to you dated November 20 2009, January 19 2010, June 14 2010, and November 18 2010, I detailed my passion for running and my enjoyment of running in ASICS Gel Enduro trainers. Further, I expressed my concern about conditions common to many clothing and shoe manufacturing facilities.

Over the past two years, I have been pleased to see a series of improvements to your website which provide great detail about your policy on Corporate Responsibility. Since my last letter, I note that the website contains further detail about restrictions on work hours, benefits, workplace safety, fair wages, child labor, and collective bargaining for employees of your business partners. I also note that you provide information on internal, external, and FLA conducted audits of your manufacturing facilities as well as educational programs given to the managers at your subcontractor facilities.

This self-reported information reassures me that ASICS is committed to a fair and safe workplace. If I may suggest an additional layer of verification of these commitments, I would encourage ASICS to consider inviting organizations other than the FLA, such as Team Sweat or the Worker Rights Consortium, to inspect subcontractor facilities.

As I have previously noted, I am a consumer willing to pay more for products produced with a commitment to social justice. As I have been doing with my previous ASICS purchases, I will again demonstrate this commitment with a donation to Jim Keady and Team Sweat ( I will also begin making contributions to the Worker Rights Consortium.

In sound mind and body,

David E. Winchester, MD


Vivienne Riggio
ASICS Corporation
Corporate Social Responsibility

Jim Keady
Captain, Team Sweat

Steven Walker
Host of Phedippidations

Fair Labor Association
1707 L St. NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20036

Scott Nova, Executive Director
Worker Rights Consortium
5 Thomas Circle NW
Fifth Floor
Washington DC 20005

Prior letters:

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