Blog: Leonie BarrieA new offside rule?

Leonie Barrie | 30 May 2006

As the media frenzy surrounding the football World Cup starts building to fever pitch for the event’s kick-off in two weeks’ time, Oxfam has hit out with an attack on some of the game’s biggest names. Of course it’s not the first time giants such as Nike, Reebok and Adidas been accused of exploiting the people in Asia who make their goods, but the timing is especially pertinent. Who isn’t humbled by the harsh contrast between the workers making the sports shoes for as little as £2.50 a day and the £16m Nike pays each year to the Brazilian team for example?

Whether it will make any difference, though, is another question. In August of 2004, just before the Olympic Games in Athens, the Play Fair Alliance concluded that sporting brands needed to do a lot more to improve conditions for the factory workers who made their products. Now, almost two years later, it seems that little has changed.

INDONESIA: Sportswear brands red-carded on workers’ rights


BLOG

Trump and Brexit generate more confusion

Over the past month, Donald Trump and his team failed to offer any clear plan to ensure Americans would "Buy American, Hire American" - while the British government's attempts to clarify the specifics...

BLOG

Bangladesh works to resolve labour activist issues

The Bangladesh government was forced to respond late last week to pressure over its crackdown on labour activists after a number of global brands and retailers, including H&M and Inditex announced pla...

BLOG

US border tax a contentious issue

Fresh from their disappointment at seeing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade deal abandoned last month with an executive order by President Donald Trump, the US apparel and footwear sector...

BLOG

Primark's sustainable cotton programme takes shape

With the ultimate aim of ensuring all the cotton in its products is sourced sustainably, value clothing retailer Primark is adamant that having a business model focused on offering the lowest prices o...

just-style homepage



Forgot your password?