Concerns raised over Firestone's sponsorship of US Super Bowl given alleged labour & environmental abuses in Liberia

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31 January 2008

Firestone chief fires back

Author: Dan Adomitis, President, Firestone Natural Rubber, in Los Angeles Times

With regard to Dave Zirin's latest comments, let me respond directly and succinctly. We do not tolerate child labor at our Liberian farm. If an employee even brings their child to the work site, they risk losing their job. No one, anywhere, in any endeavor, can guarantee total compliance with any rule. We do, however, guarantee that when we find child labor violations (and yes, we do monitor for them), they are dealt with. Any number of former employees who've lost their jobs because they violated our policy can attest to that.

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29 January 2008

Firestone: Helping or hurting Liberians?

Author: Dan Adomitis. President, Firestone Natural Rubber

While I'm sure Dave Zirin's concern for the people of Liberia is sincere, his recent opinion piece regarding Firestone Natural Rubber operations contains a host of unfounded allegations and paints an unfair picture of the situation in Liberia. It is important to set the record straight...

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29 January 2008

[scroll down] Firestone's corporate spin - Official policy doesn't match plantation reality

Author: [opinion] Dave Zirin, author of "Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports", in Los Angeles Times

Adomitis [President of Firestone Natural Rubber] writes that my piece contains "a host of unfounded allegations" regarding his company's alleged practice of child labor and environmental degradation...[D]espite a heavy dose of clever corporate spin, his response challenges absolutely none of the essential points of my piece.

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20 January 2008

Is the NFL on the right team?

Author: [opinion] Dave Zirin, author of "Welcome to the Terrordome: The Pain, Politics and Promise of Sports", in Los Angeles Times

...[Firestone]...has been crowned the "Official Tire Sponsor" of Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLIII...But NFL [National Football League] Commissioner Roger Goodell might want to be more careful about who the league cozies up to, especially when the partner is known in some parts of the globe not for high-velocity tires but for highly exploitative labor practices.

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