See how major sportswear brands rate on workers' rights
In response to protests about working conditions in their supply factories, some sportswear brands have developed labour rights monitoring and compliance programs and taken action on a number of issues and cases. Despite these efforts, substantial violations of worker rights and poverty wages are still the norm for workers in the sportswear industry. Just before the Beijing Olympics in 2008, Play Fair and The Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) published a report called Clearing the Hurdles: Steps to improving working conditions in the global sportswear industry. We identified four key hurdles facing workers in the sportswear industry and recommended four ways to overcome them:
- Develop a positive climate for freedom of association and collective bargaining;
- Eliminate the use of precarious employment in sportswear supply chains;
- Lessen both the frequency and negative impacts of factory closures; and
- Take steps to improve worker incomes, with the goal of reaching a living wage for all workers.
In these pages the Play Fair Campaign and MSN present responses from Nike, adidas, Pentland, Puma, Lotto, New Balance, Asics and Mizuno on their willingness to meet 36 specific targets to overcome the four hurdles facing workers in the sportswear industry. Although company responses on all 36 proposals are available here, we are highlighting their responses on 12 key proposals that best illustrate the brand’s commitment to meeting the Play Fair targets. Where necessary we have summarized brand answers to fit in the allotted space, while providing access to the full answers (in the company's own words) via links below each summary.