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Is Adidas fair trade?

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Mariana Nin

on 23 June 2015

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Adidas Fair Trade Scandal
Raw Materials
Lots of polyester, which is made up of crude oil
50% of crude oil: made in the Middle East
Pollutes environment
A large drill is needed to extract the oil, since it is very very deep down
Cotton is an important material needed to make products for adidas.
Cotton comes from a plant called "cotton plant" and all it needs to survive is water,soil and the sun.
China is the world biggest cotton supplier.

Raw Materials #2
Dye is a big product used in the adidas company it's made up of Chemical.
Natural dye is made up from roots,berries,bark,leaves,wood and etc.
Has been around for 100 years
Amazonian rubber very in demand

There have been many reports on child slavery used in the cotton industry for decades
Slavery: definitely involved

Africa: 24 factories
Americas: 215 factories
Australia/New Zealand: only 4 factories in 2010
Slavery: Involved
Workers have to lie to Adidas officials to keep their jobs
Some are forced to hide in the bathrooms to appear more efficient

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Where slavery is taking place
Supply chain

Making Adidas products > 65 countries > 1200 factories > over 770 000 employees
United States has one of the biggest distribution centers of 2013
It is situated in South Carolina
The U.S. is a wealthy country with no records of slavery in the 21st century
Slavery: not present
Mainly Asian countries supply Adidas
Countries include Thailand, Indonesia India and China
They are required to post workplace standards and conditions
Workers say they never follow them
Slavery: not sure
Main suppliers that involve slavery:
- China
- India (Sri Lanka, Phillipines)
- Indonesia
- Vietnam
- Pakistan
- Sialkot
Judging from their website, transportation is relatively fast.
The fastest mode of transportation is by plane and by truck
I suspect slavery
The items are coming from poorer countries, so that means that
they are in desperate need for workers, but they cannot pay them

Adidas stores are everywhere in the western part of the world
They’re apparently very good service
Slavery: not present

Human trafficking -
the illegal movement of people
Mainly Western wealthy countries buying items
Slavery: not present
Trafficking of children is mainly involved in Indonesia, children are tricked are into working in the factories with terrible conditions. Since trafficking is the easiest way for men to raise money for their families and needs.
Forces labour -
any work people are forced to do against their will, under a treat or punishment.
The Situation for the Slaves
The slaves and workers are being held in harsh conditions and are being
treated terribly

Examples of harsh working conditions and treatment:
Sexual Harassment common
Punishment if overtime was refused
15 hour days
less than 60$ a month ( below the ILO's demand for a living wage)
Expected to do minimum 70 hours a week
Forced to lie and hide to appear efficient to officials
Not payed for sick days or holidays
Payed less than a dollar a day
They are threatening the workers with the prospect of being fired
Filthy sweatshops
Children as young as 15 and even younger
1 in 6 children 5 - 14 years old are part of child slavery in developing countries
Chinese workers shared cramped and overcrowded rooms with hot water only available after 23:00, when their shift finished.

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Here is a link to our bibliography :
Employees work overtime, from 7 AM to 11 PM. This is consitent every day of the week (monday to sunday). Obviously this was the decision of the employees that work for adidas. The employees are pressuered and threatended by the company managers and owners. If they do not come to work, they do not get paid )or there is wagedeductions )and if they stand up for themselves they are fired. But their jobs are required to cover family and personal needs.
Child labour -
illegally hring children under age to work
This type slavery is mainly involved in Indonesia. That is because men in Indonesia who are unemployed need a way to raise money and meet needs for themselves and their family. So trafficking and tricking children to work at factories is a way to get money and receive basic needs. In factories , working for Adidas, children are froced to work illegally and overtime. If children refuse to work overtime they are punished mentally, verbally and physically. Their wages can be deducted, they may be fired or they would be sexually harassed.
Types of slavery involved
Types of slavery involved
Terrible and unfair conditions :
Adidas rules ingnored :
- " Employees must not be required, except in extraordinary circumstnaces, including overtime or local legal requirement."

- Employees must be allowed at least 24 consecutive hours of rest within every seven days.
- Unfair payments : children are paid less than 60$ per month
- Unfair work hours : children are execpted to work 70 hours per week. And workers in China are working from 8 am to 11 pm regularly.
- Unfair punishements : if workers refuse to work or do not show up, their wages are deducted, they do not get payed at all or they are fired. Also children in Indonesia are being sexually harassed if they do not work.
- Terrible health : employees are forced to skip meals in order to save money. Workers said that every day someone passes out because they exhausted or unwell.
- Terrible working conditions : factories have terrible hygiene and hundreds of workers are stuffed into one factory. in addition workers are expeosed to dangerous chemicals/minerals.
Free education for all children:
Most children accept the slavery because they either have to raise money for their family, or they do not know better. With free education they will first of all learn, and get a proper education, and also they will learn about what is safe and unsafe in the world. They will find out that if random people ask you to come with them, it is not safe. Most of the children aren’t educated enough to understand that it isn’t safe to go with strangers.

Support workers unions:
Often, the workers aren’t well represented in the industries that they are working for, so they have no real way to speak out about misunderstandings, and also about unfair conditions in the work place. With a union, many of the unfair conditions and treatments may be dealt with, and the work environment would be a lot better.

Solutions #2
Solutions #3
Support Child help organizations: Child help organizations raise money to build homes, schools, and wells. Also, they help children get a proper education, find homes, and to save children from a future in child slavery. Plus, the fact that they help children get free education is a bonus, since the free education is a solution to the problem as well.

Solutions #4
Simply educate others: The more you educate others, the more others will try to put a stop to it as well., which means that our impact on the industry will be a lot bigger than if you did it all by yourself. Spreading the word will increase the global impact, and help children like ourselves.
Solutions #5
Shop fair trade: Shopping fair trade is good for everybody. It supports a great cause; fairtrade items do not use slaves or anything inhumane in their production, that is why it is called fair trade. As well, it spreads the word by you just having the fair trade item in your possession, so it is kind of like educating others in a more subtle way.

Solutions #6
Other smaller solutions:
send a letter to the company in question voicing your concerns
do a presentationin class on the subject
contact people who help child slaves and notify them
put up flyers in your neighbourhood about the company
put up flyers in your school
do personal research
Solutions #7
Other smaller solutions:
go to a geographical location where slavery takes place
write a letter to the government to ask to put up a legislation concerning the subject
contact government to make a minimum family income
contact celebrities to support the cause; with their large folowing, they could make a difference
Solutions #8
Other smaller solutions:
enforce labour laws
abolish child trafficking
This info graphic is a way for our group to promote the slavery that Adidas has involved. We have put together all of our research to conclude that Adidas products are not fairtrade.
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