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14 Jun 2018

Major World Cup sponsors, adidas & Nike, accused of paying "poverty wages" to women workers in their supply chains

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A new report by Éthique sur l’étiquette and Clean Clothes Campaign, "Foul Play", accuses adidas and Nike, major sponsors of the 2018 World Cup, of paying poverty wages to the thousands of women in their supply chain that sew the football shirts and shoes of players and supporters.

The report says that while the top teams will receive record breaking amounts in sponsorship from Nike & adidas, the wages of workers in their supply chain will not follow this upward trend.  The report states much of these brands’ sportswear is produced in Indonesia: "where 80% of garment workers are women and earn between 82 and 200 euro per month. Their wages often do not even cover basic needs, and is much less than would enable them and their families to have decent lives, which according to calculations by Asia Floor Wage would amount to 363 euro."

The article below contains statements from Nike and adidas.