Commentary: Major European football clubs must investigate their sponsors' human rights records

Author: Peter Bengtsen, Le Monde diplomatique, Published on: 5 January 2017

“Football giants don’t check on sponsors - Where the money comes from”, July 2015

 …Some of the companies now backing Europe’s top clubs are accused of child labour, illegalities, and rights and labour abuses…Juventus,…Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are sponsored by electronics giant Samsung, which acknowledges labour violations among suppliers in its latest sustainability report…FC Barcelona…has among its sponsors Panasonic, accused of discrimination and rights violations in its supply chain, and Intel, which sources from the giant manufacturer Foxconn, accused of much labour abuse…According to UN principles, clubs should approach sponsors over reports of human rights abuses…Lucy Amis of the Institute of Human Rights and Business…recommends that clubs investigate sponsors’ records on human and labour rights, and include the issue in sponsorship and licensing negotiations…Clubs are still not challenged or pushed to develop social responsibility in sponsor relations or in other ways…UEFA introduced the Financial Fair Play regulations in 2011 to improve finance in European football, but there are no binding…obligations for social responsibility actions by clubs…[Also refers to Adidas, Maxxis/CST & Qatar Airways]

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Related companies: adidas Foxconn (part of Hon Hai) Hon Hai Intel Panasonic Qatar Airways Samsung