Clean Clothes Campaign (CCC) has urged sportswear giants Adidas and Nike -- two main sponsors of the upcoming World Cup -- to ensure workers in their Asian supplier factories are paid a fair wage as their share of the production cost dwindles. The share of production costs of Adidas and Nike shoes that end up in workers’ pockets has fallen by 30 per cent since the 1990s.
Adidas and Nike, which are sponsoring 22 of 32 teams at FIFA football tournament in Russia that kicks off this week, have moved most of their sourcing to Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam, where wages are lower and labour abuses rife. In the three nations, garment workers’ average salaries are 45 to 65 per cent below the so-called “living wage” that would allow them to cover their families’ basic needs.
Much of Adidas’ and Nike’s sportswear is made in Indonesia, where 80 per cent of workers in the garment sector are women and some make as little as €86 ($102) a month while others do not earn the legal minimum wage, according to the CCC’s report.