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Workers’ rights

Workers in developing countries have a pretty raw deal. They’re paid minimal wages and are often forced to work long hours in harsh – often dangerous – conditions.

Yet, they’re producing some of the world’s most expensive and coveted brands.

In the sportswear and garment industry – where much of our work focuses – most of these workers are women.

Major sportswear brands rake in billions of dollars in profits every year, spend millions of dollars on slick ad campaigns and sponsor the highest-earning players in sport from David Beckham to Michael Jordan.

But dig beneath this glamorous façade and you’ll see that this industry is built on the hard-working backs of some of the world’s poorest men and women.

Sportswear workers in Asia endure long hours in sweatshop-like conditions for on average less than US $3 a day and still struggle to feed and clothe themselves and their families.

There’s something wrong with this picture.

We’re working hard to ensure that the big brands like Nike, adidas and Puma treat their workers with respect and pay them enough to meet their basic needs.

How are we doing this?

By making the garment and sportswear giants accountable.

You can help by taking action with us.

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