Play Fair 2008 campaign

In July 2008, a month before the start of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, major brands, including the adidas Group, joined local and international trade unions and worker rights groups in Hong Kong for a three-day conference to discuss working conditions in the sporting goods industry.

The conference was hosted by the Play Fair 2008 campaign, an alliance of civil society organisations led by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers Federation (ITGLWF), Maquila Solidarity Network (MSN) and the Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC). The conference was the culmination of a series of engagements between Play Fair and the sporting goods companies spanning a period of eight years.

The 2008 conference was timed to follow on from the April 2008 release of Play Fair's most recent report titled 'Clearing the Hurdles'. The conference identified areas of common interest and concern, including the weakness of minimum wage setting systems, the lack of research being undertaken on the impact of lean manufacturing and productivity initiatives on workers' pay and conditions, and the reduced benefits and job security for contract labour. Differences were also identified, including the lack of willingness of brands to share commercial information on pricing or to change global purchasing practices, or to directly promote the activities of trade unions.

Engagement with Play Fair 2008 is continuing, with a workshop planned in Indonesia during 2009.

Read the adidas Group's full response to the recommendations and proposals put forward by Play Fair 2008.

Read our specific comments on the 'Clearing the Hurdles' report.