Sporting goods manufacturer Mizuno has become the first Japanese company in the sector to sign a global framework agreement with the International Garment and Leather Workers Federation.

ITGLWF president Hisanobu Shimada, and ITGLWF general secretary Klaus Priegnitz, said they believe the agreement, which includes the commitment of all signatories to ensure the implementation of eight ILO core labour conventions, is a step forward and a way to protect the interests of textile workers worldwide.