By Ed Mattos, Intern, International Labor Rights Forum
“Is it fair to go to a mega sports event and pay a high price for a t-shirt that has been made by an underpaid worker in a sweatshop on the other side of the world?”
This is the question asked by Play Fair 2012, a global campaign organized to draw attention to labor conditions in the apparel industry of the Global South. In the midst of preparations for the 2012 London Olympic Games, Play Fair is seeking to persuade such brands as Nike and Speedo to improve labor standards in their suppliers’ factories. In March the campaign was also launched in Brazil, site of the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament and the 2016 Olympics. There Play Fair was joined by the Building Workers International [BWI] at a conference. The two organizations want to ensure fair labor standards in the construction of venues for these high-profile events as well.