playfair 2012 campaign
Anti-Slavery is part of the Playfair 2012 Campaign which is calling on the organisers of the London 2012 Olympics and global sportswear brands to ensure that workers producing sportswear and souvenirs with the Olympics logo have their rights upheld.
Evidence from the 2008 Beijing Olympics documented labour rights violations, including forced labour, in the production of Olympic merchandise and sportswear. In one factory producing branded stationery, children as young as 12 years old were being forced to work 15 hours a day.
Great campaign success!
Agreement signed to protect workers' rights
23 Ferbuary 2012
In response to the evidence of exploitation of workers producing goods for London 2012, detailed in the new report Toying with Workers’ Rights
(Play Fair, 2012), the organisers of the London Games have signed a ground-breaking agreement with the Playfair 2012 campaign to protect the rights of workers in its supply chains.
The agreement commits the organisers to taking concrete steps to protect workers’ rights including:
- publication of the names and locations of the factories in China and the UK covering 72 per cent of the licensed products produced for London 2012,
- making information about employment rights – based on national laws and on LOCOG’s ethical code and establishing a Chinese language hotline so that workers can complain if their rights are being violated.
- providing training to some of the workers in Olympic supply chains to make them more aware of their rights.
- Commitment to work with Playfair 2012, the organisers of Rio 2016 and the International Olympic Committee to ensure that future Games benefit from the lessons learned.
More detailed information about the agrrement can be found on the Playfair 2012 website
Following the agreement the London 2012 Olympics organisers published the names and addresses of factories in the UK and China producing Olympic goods, covering 72% of the production. You can see the factory names and locations here
to take action and find out more, or watch the film below.