Tan Holdings Corporation
Tan Holdings Corporation (THC) is a holdings company located in the United States Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). Since 1983, the company's headquarters are located in Saipan. The company's CEO Willie Tan and President Jerry Tan are both sons of the Chairman of the Board Tan Siu Lin. The company’s Executive Vice-President is George Chiu. Tan Holdings is the largest private taxpayer and employer in the CNMI. In 1972, Dr. Tan Siu Lin and his family moved from Hong Kong to Guam to engage in shipping, real estate and movie distribution businesses. Over the years, the family-run business has evolved to include airline, amusement, fast food, fishing, ground handling service, hotel, information technology, financial services, logistic services, publishing, retail, and wholesale subsidiaries.
Evidence links the Tan Holdings Corporation and Willie Tan to the Jack Abramoff CNMI scandal implicated the company's involvement in illegal sweatshops, prostitution and other illegal ventures located on the CNMI.
Levi Strauss subcontracting
In 1991, Levi Strauss & Co. was involved in a scandal involving six subsidiary factories run by the Tan family on the Northern Mariana Islands, in which Chinese laborers suffered under what the U.S. Department of Labor called "slavelike" conditions. Cited for sub-minimal wages, seven-day work week schedules with twelve-hour shifts, poor living conditions and other indignities (including the alleged[by whom?] removal of passports and the virtual imprisonment of workers), Tan would eventually pay what was then the largest fines in U.S. labor history, distributing more than $9 million in restitution to some 1200 employees. At the time, Tan factories produced 3% of Levi's jeans with the "Made in the U.S.A." label. Levi Strauss had no knowledge of the offenses, severed ties to the Tan family, and instituted labor reforms and inspection practices in its offshore facilities.
The business practices of Tan Holdings Corporation gained new notoriety during the American political scandals of Congressman Tom DeLay and lobbyist Jack Abramoff. Both were involved in protecting sweatshops and the economic control of CNMI by Tan family businesses. Because the Northern Mariana Islands are part of the U.S. Commonwealth, goods had been produced with the "Made in the U.S.A." title; however, the islands have been, to some extent, exempt from federal immigration and labor laws. Outcry arose in the late 1990s against goods labeled "USA" labeled while being made for $3 hour in slave-like conditions, and now these goods bear a "Northern Mariana Islands" or other commonwealth tag.