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London 2012 to Rio 2016
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Playfair 2012 campaign! Without your activism we would not have made the progress we did. The organisers of London 2012 (LOCOG) have gone further than any previous Games organiser in taking steps to protect the rights of workers in its global supply chains.

  • LOCOG developed a Sustainable Sourcing Code which included international labour standards and applied to all companies it signed contracts with.
  • They established a complaints mechanism for workers to report violations of this code.
  • In February 2012 LOCOG finally signed  an agreement with Playfair 2012, which committed them to publicly disclosing 72% of production sites still in operation for Olympic branded goods.
  • This agreement also committed them to working with Playfair to develop a training project for workers about their rights in a number of key factories in China.

LOCOG’s learning is being captured and shared with Rio 2016 and the International Olympic Committee as a result of our work. It’s true that LOCOG could have and should have done more and taken the actions they did sooner to protect workers’ rights. Our research shows that workers making Olympic branded goods and sportswear for London 2012 were still exploited. So our campaigning isn’t over. Just as the Olympic flag has been handed over to the Mayor of Rio so our campaign moves its focus to Brazil.

A massive thank you to over 5,000 of you that took action calling on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to work with the organisers of Rio 2016 to build on the progress we’ve made in London. We know the IOC felt under pressure, because they blocked your actions. But we’ll be presenting a petition to them with everyone’s actions in the near future, so they’ll know how strongly we feel about having an exploitation-free Games.

Although Playfair 2012 has now come to an end, you can stay involved and keep active through the Playfair Brazil campaign and international Play Fair campaign

Thank you for your support

Playfair 2012

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