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

Stop negotiating and bring in the engineers

Surviving in a declining market is the biggest challenge for discount/mass-market retailers and suppliers of commodity products such as basic T-shirts, hoodies or cotton men's shirts – which is why it...

BLOG

The implications of buyer purchasing practices

New research has delved into one relatively underexplored aspect of global supply chains: how buyer purchasing practices impact wages and working conditions....

BLOG

just-style readership survey 2017 – Final reminder

We’re currently carrying out a survey to get a better understanding of the issues that matter the most to our readers, and how we can better serve you in the future. ...

BLOG

Why China continues to lead apparel sourcing

On just-style last week we took an in-depth look at why China is expected to retain its leading role in apparel sourcing for some time to come. ...

just-style homepage



Forgot your password?