Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. In June we welcome summer and get active outdoors with Fairtrade sports balls.

Whether your sport is soccer, volleyball, basketball, football or rugby, take a pass on regular balls and instead look for the FAIRTRADE Mark.

Children should be free to go to school and have time to play, not spending their days sewing sports balls. The harsh reality is that thousands of children in Pakistan and other countries work long hours for little pay, sewing sports balls in poor working conditions. Many women are also employed in the industry, earning very low piece rates and facing discrimination.

The difference that Fairtrade Makes

The Fairtrade Standards for sports balls prohibits child and forced labour and works so that women do not face discrimination. A Fairtrade minimum wage is paid to all workers, and safe working conditions are provided. An additional Fairtrade Premium is paid which is invested in social and economic initiatives for the workers and their communities.

To learn more, we encourage you to watch this short video featuring Fairtrade Canada licensee James Milligan.