The decision by the University of Oregon to protest sweatshop conditions at shoe factories abroad may cause Nike Chairman Phil Knight to withdraw his $30 million pledge to expand the school’s stadium, the Associated Press reports.
Although Knight has hinted he may reconsider his financial generosity, the school reports that no pledges have been withdrawn from its stadium expansion project.
Knight, an alumnus and former athlete, has complained about the school’s decision to join the Workers’ Rights Consortium, an organization of students and activists.
Knight defended Nike’s labor record, saying that since he promised industry reforms in 1998, Nike has increased minimum age requirements for footwear workers to an industry high of 18 years old, AP says.
Nike is repeatedly targeted by labor rights groups that hope to pressure the industry leader to reform so other companies will follow suit, AP says.