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Dear Herbert Hainer, Adidas CEO
Research has exposed the appalling conditions of thousands of workers making clothes for Adidas.
In Indonesia workers are paid poverty wages as low as 34p an hour and have to skip meals to save money. In Sri Lanka workers are forced to work overtime to meet production targets, yet their pay is often not even half the living wage. In China people work up to 15 hours a day and face punishment if they try and secure improvements in their working conditions. The workers who make your clothes are being exploited.
I support War on Want’s campaign to end the exploitation of workers in your supply chains. To do this Adidas must:
- Ensure that all workers are paid a basic salary that is at least a living wage – covering basic essentials like housing, food, healthcare and education.
- Ensure that all your supplier factories provide decent working conditions for all their workers – including tackling excessive hours, ensuring job security and freedom from verbal and physical abuse.
- Guarantee a positive environment for trade union organising throughout your supply chains – so that workers are free to organise to secure their rights without fear of repression or harassment.
It is appalling that you are willing to spend £100 million to become an official sponsor of London 2012 and yet you are not willing to end the exploitation of the workers who make your clothes.
The exploitation of workers is not ok here, and it’s not ok anywhere else in the world.