Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. With many sports seasons kicking off in June, we encourage you to play fair and look for the FAIRTRADE Mark when shopping for sports balls. You can find Fairtrade certified balls for soccer, volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, football and rugby.
Sports balls are often hand-stitched by women and children working in poor conditions for very low pay. The Fairtrade Standards for sports balls prohibit child and forced labour, specify safe working conditions and state that a legal minimum wage is paid to all workers. An additional Fairtrade Premium is paid which is invested in social and economic initiatives for the workers and their communities.
Stitchers at Anwar Khawaja Industries in Pakistan, ©Transfair Germany