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4 responses to “World AIDS Day and Red Laces”

  1. Judy

    I think this is a great project and want to support it but I cannot find information on where the laces are made and whether the workers get a living wage in the process. Can you enlighten me?



  2. jeff Nolan

    Shenzhen China and yes these employees, as all of folks are in the many factories she operates, are paid competitively and work in modern factory environments with modern housing units. This is essential as these workers fall on the skilled end of the spectrum (her main line businesses are manufacturing of retail luxury fashion items that demand high quality and rather intensive processes) and employee retention is a pretty big issue.

    The thing you have to understand is that China is not hillbilly country anymore, with the influx of brand name companies in the region there is an emphasis on safety and worker morale. Nike, and Disney as well, employ a rigorous set of standards that factories must comply with in order to become approved factories, and the benchmark is even higher for “inline” status.

    You can still find some pretty abhorrent working conditions in this region, the industrial center of China, but you won’t find them attached to brand name U.S. companies, generally speaking, especially after the lead paint scare of years past. Buy a pair of laces, your simple $4 purchase will fund 2 days of ARV drugs for an AIDS patient and education for young people most susceptible to contracting HIV.

  3. adamrlees

    Hey Jeff I was just wondering if you had any more specifics on where the shoelaces are made and what the workers wages are?

  4. jeff Nolan

    I thought I was pretty specific… Shenzhen China. What are you asking for?

    As for wages, it would be pretty pointless to talk about wage levels in a comment on a blog post without having a more extensive conversation about what a competitive wage is in this part of China. Even if I were so inclined to have this conversation I certainly would not disclose proprietary information in a public forum where it could be obtained by competitors.