Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse (R) wrote a letter to Nike CEO John Donahoe on Wednesday asking about the extent of the athletic wear company’s ties to China in light of its opposition to a bill that would protect Uighur Muslims from forced labor.
The letter asked if Nike relies on Uighur labor and told Donahoe that Chinese Communist principles were at odds with the company’s professed values.
“Consumers believe in human rights and want to support businesses that share a fundamental respect for human dignity,” Sasse said.
He wrote a similar letter to Disney over the summer after learning that the company filmed part of Mulan in the area of the Uighur labor camps.
Besides Nike, other companies including Coca-Cola and Apple are trying to get Congress to soften the language in the act. As Sasse said, the actions are nothing but “despicable.”
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