Play Fair at the Olympics: Respect Workers Rights in the Sportswear Industry Oxfam International

ISBN: 9780855985356

Published: December 15th 2004

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Play Fair at the Olympics: Respect Workers Rights in the Sportswear Industry  by  Oxfam International

Play Fair at the Olympics: Respect Workers Rights in the Sportswear Industry by Oxfam International
December 15th 2004 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | | ISBN: 9780855985356 | 7.28 Mb

In August 2004 the world s athletes gathered in Athens for the Summer Olympic Games. Global sportswear firms spent vast sums of money to associate their products with the Olympian ideal. This report looks behind the branding to ask fundamentalMoreIn August 2004 the world s athletes gathered in Athens for the Summer Olympic Games. Global sportswear firms spent vast sums of money to associate their products with the Olympian ideal.

This report looks behind the branding to ask fundamental questions about the global sportswear industry--questions that go to the heart of debates on poverty, workers rights, trade, and globalization. Corporate profits in this industry are created at the expense of the dignity, health, and safety of vulnerable men and women, contravening universal ethical principles.

Yet the Olympics movement, particularly the International Olympics Committee, has been remarkably silent in the face of these contraventions. This report argues that the Olympic movement has the power to ensure that the sportswear industry improves employment conditions and standards for millions of workers. Apart from asserting the moral imperative, the International Olympics Committee (IOC), as the primary holder of the rights to use the Olympics logo, and as the protector of the Olympics brand, can and should enforce changes by building into licensing and sponsorship contracts commitments to respect labor standards.

The movement should be using its influence to ensure that workers in the sportswear industry are employed under fair, dignified, and safe conditions.



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