Indonesian Working Conditions in Olympic Spotlight

From The Jakarta Globe:

London Olympics organizers said Saturday they were taking “extremely seriously” allegations of “sweatshop” conditions for Indonesian workers producing outfits for British athletes and Games volunteers.

The Independent newspaper alleged that the clothing being made for the London 2012 Olympics was “being manufactured for Adidas in sweatshop conditions in Indonesia, making a mockery of claims by London 2012 organizers that this summer’s Games will be the most ethical ever.”

Adidas, the German sportswear and equipment manufacturer, is investigating, the London organizing committee said.

“We place a high priority on environmental, social and ethical issues when securing goods and services and take these allegations extremely seriously,” said a spokeswoman.

“We have spoken to Adidas and they have assured us that they are investigating these allegations, the conclusions of which will be made public.

“We regularly remind all of our licensees of the importance we place on the sustainable sourcing code they have each signed up to.”

Workers at nine Indonesian factories which have contracts to produce Olympic shoes and clothing for Adidas are working up to 65-hour weeks and earning as little as Rp 5,000 ($0.55, 42 euro cents) an hour, the report claimed.

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