Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball, Football, Rugby… all beloved games played by Canadians yet the work involved in the making of these balls is far removed from the joy of the game.
Visit our Fairtrade MVPs page to learn about Canadian leaders in Fairtrade, or consult our interactive list of registered brands and companies that sell Fairtrade certified products in Canada. Contact them to find out where to buy in your area.
Most sports balls are carefully sewn by hand from workers in Pakistan, China, India and Indonesia. Workers stitch balls both in factories as part of a production line and in their own homes. They receive ball pieces from manufacturers, ready for stitching.
Women and unfortunately too many children comprise a large percentage of the workforce but rarely have a voice and face discrimination and poor wages.
Fairtrade Standards for sports balls ensures no discrimination against women, that no child labour be used and provides a Fairtrade minimum wage and an additional Premium to be invested in social and economic initiatives for the workers and their communities.
Go ahead and enjoy Fair Play with Fairtrade sports balls!