Working together to create pressure for change - international
campaign forum in Belgium.
"Without international solidarity we cannot move the
sportswear industry to sit up and take notice of the stories
behind their products". Lek Yimprasert, Director of
the Thai Labour Campaign, made these comments during the
"Play Fair At The Olympics" International Campaign
Forum which ran from 21st- 22nd April at International Trade
Union House in Brussels. Ms Yimprasert was commenting on
the need for cooperation between trade unions and NGOs in
the Global South and the Global North.
The forum ran from 21st-22nd April and brought together
NGOs, trade unions and industry representatives from around
the world to debate issues including how to increase accountability
among global sportswear manufacturers and the impact of
corporate social responsibility on working conditions. The
forum was organised by Global Unions and the Belgian arm
of the Clean Clothes Campaign
Industry and Olympic representatives also recognised the
important role that activists involved in NGOs and trade
unions can play in changing the way the industry works.
Thierry Zintz from the Belgian National Olympic Committee
said, "The participation of NGOs and trade unions is
necessary to exert pressure on sportswear companies, in
a sort of triangular model". A representative from
adidas, Frank Henke, echoed this view, arguing in favour
of cooperation between civil society and the sportswear
industry to change the current scenario.