A recent published research has shown that Nike could have paid a decent living wage to its workers in 2001 and still remained highly profitable. The paper analyses the average wages reported by Nike in 2001 and in its financial statements, showing that the brand could have doubled or tripled the wages of workers while maintaining a high net income. This is a paradigmatic case for the sector, and a unique opportunity to prove that paying a decent living wage is possible without suffering losses.
As author stated, the leading brand names in the garment industry could pay a decent living wage to their workers while remaining highly profitable. Maybe this is the reason why there is no public data available regarding worker wages along all the steps of the supply chains, with the exception of this unique case published by Nike in 2001.
The research note can be downloaded here.