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Which brands are dodging the hard questions?

One way we support workers’ rights is by communicating with brands like Nike, adidas, Puma and Fila. We contact them directly, usually by letter, raising cases where workers claim their rights are violated. We ask them to take action to ensure that workers’ rights are upheld.

Some companies are more willing to engage with us than others, and some companies respond to a few of our letters, but not to others.

Check out who’s responding to us and what they’re saying. And see for yourselves which brands are dodging the hard questions.

How long have we been waiting for a response?

Nike

We wrote to Nike on 23 January 2008. We asked whether Nike had implemented the recommendations we’d published 18 months previously in our Offside! report (PDF, 4MB), concerning labour rights in Nike’s supply chain.  Accompanying our letter were hundreds of messages from people around the world protesting the treatment of workers making sporting goods and calling for Nike to act. Nike has corresponded with us on other issues since then, but has so far failed to respond to the letter of January 2008. Find out more about our conversation with Nike.

adidas

We are in regular correspondence with adidas about particular factories as well as adidas’ overall labour practices. We’re not always satisfied with Adidas’ answers to our questions but, so far at least, they’ve always taken the trouble to respond. Find out more about our conversation with adidas.

Puma

We regularly write to Puma about their labour practices. We’re not always satisfied with Puma’s answers but, so far at least, they’ve always taken the trouble to respond. Find out more about our conversation with Puma.

Fila

On 25 October 2006, Oxfam International wrote to Sports Brands International, which owns the Fila brand. The letter pointed out that in our Offside! report (PDF, 4MB), published in May 2006, Fila ranked the lowest in efforts to address labour abuses in its supply chain. We wanted to know what Fila was doing to ensure workers were treated fairly, and our letter was accompanied by a petition signed by 28,000 people. Fila has yet to respond.

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