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New: International Olympic Committee action as a petition for local actions

New: Light the flame for workers’ rightstorch book mark/flyer

Order these flyers to distribute during the Olympic torch relay – they sum up why we need to take action to help end exploitation in Olympic supply chains and direct you to the online action.

NEW: Playfair 2012 leaflet: Campaigning for a sweat free Olympics 2012

Find out more about the conditions for workers making London 2012 goods and sportswear, and how you can get involved in the campaign

New report: Fair Games? Human rights of workers in Olympic 2012 supplier factories (Play Fair, 2012)

New report: Toying with workers’ rights – a report on producing merchandise for the Olympic Games (Play Fair, 2012)

Teaching materials for Playfair 2012

Life and rights in the global sports industry – An interactive, cross-curriculum resource for 9 to 14 year olds (order now for distribution after 20 Oct).

Teaching Resource Toolkit

The Olympics presents educators with a unique opportunity to help students connect with cultures and lifestyles from around the world. On this page you will find a toolkit of interesting materials to help students critically engage in the issues of global production of sportswear and merchandise. These will be updated on a regular basis in the period leading up to London 2012.

VIDEO: The real cost of flexibility for workers

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What is Decent Work – ILO animation

Give Girls a Chance

TUC report for the World Day Against Child Labour
June 2009 17-page report

Olympics and workers’ rights: the story so far (2007)

By Playfair 2012, Â 15 page report
This report discusses ethical trading experiences at past sporting events, as well as explaining how Olympic sportswear sponsorship workers. It sets out our case that Olympic organisations, especially London 2012, should do much more on workers’ rights. Download

Clearing the hurdles

By Play Fair 2008, 64-page report

Based on interviews with 320 workers in China, India, Thailand and Indonesia, this report analyses the problems faced by garment workers and makes detailed recommendations to overcome them. Playfair 2008, April 2008. Download the report

No medal for the Olympics

By Playfair 2008, 32-page report
Based on detailed research undertaken inside China into working conditions in four factories making 2008 Olympic bags, headgear, stationery and other products, this report reveals that factory owners are falsifying employment records, and forcing workers to lie about their wages and conditions. It shows evidence of children as young as 12 years old, adults earning 14p per hour (half the legal minimum wage in China), and employees made to work up to 15 hours per day, seven days a week producing Olympic merchandise.

Playfair at the Olympics

By Playfair 2004, 41-page report
This report asks fundamental questions about the global sportswear industry – questions that go to the heart of debates on poverty, workers’ rights, trade, and globalisation. ‘Olympism’, in the words of the Olympic Charter, ‘seeks to create a way of life based on … respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.’ This report shows that the business practices of major sportswear companies violate both the spirit and the letter of the Charter. Yet the Olympics movement, particularly the International Olympics Committee, has been remarkably silent in the face of these contraventions.

Sweet FA? Football Associations, workers’ rights and the World Cup.

TUC & Labour Behind the Label, 2006. 32-page report

Offside! Labor rights and sportswear production in Asia

Oxfam 2006, 108-page report
As global sports brands crank up their advertising for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, sportswear workers in Asia are struggling to earn a living. Oxfam International’s report “Offside! Labor Rights and Sportswear Production in Asia” examines how sports brands are tackling the problem of sweatshops in their industry with a particular focus on workers’ freedom to form and join trade unions.

The report features nine case studies that document how sports brands have responded to evidence of labor rights abuses in particular factories

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Labour Behind the Label

The International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Federation

The International Trades Union Congress

The Clean Clothes Campaign

War on Want


Principles of cooperation between London 2012 and the TUC