A Movement To Reform Fashion
According to the Worker Rights Consortium Covid-19 tracker, Adidas has committed to #PayUp by paying for all orders placed prior to the pandemic in full and on time.
KEEP WORKERS SAFE
Adidas has failed to Keep Workers Safe. The company has not responded to PayUp Fashion regarding our demands that brands contribute to the Severance Guarantee Fund for laid-off garment workers and contribute 1% of net revenue towards direct relief for garment workers impacted by the pandemic. Like many other large brands, Adidas is a signatory to the ILO Call to Action, which promised to “protect garment workers’ income,” but the Call to Action released a staggeringly insufficient sum of money to garment workers and is in no way a satisfactory response to the pandemic.
12-20-20 – Adidas posts $682 million in earnings for Q3 of 2020, joining the ranks of brands who have turned profits during the pandemic while garment worker wages have dropped by 21% and 77% have faced hunger since the start of the pandemic. We are asking brands like Adidas to #ShareYourProfits with garment workers by contributing to direct relief for garment workers and chipping in #tencentsmore per garment into a Severance Guarantee Fund for laid-off workers. Read more about Keep Workers Safe and our 7 Actions.
To receive a “YES” for Action 3 on the PayUp Fashion Tracker, Adidas must additionally disclose its tier 2 (fabric mills), tier 3 (fiber and yarn producers) and tier 4 (raw materials) suppliers as well as disclose the wages of the lowest-earning workers at each factory and share audit and remediation reports publicly, and make these findings available to the garment workers in the audited factories.
SIGN ENFORCEABLE CONTRACTS
Adidas has signed onto the new International Accord on fire and building safety, agreeing to individual brand accountability, an independent Secretariat to oversee the Accord, and expansion into new garment-producing countries. For their commitment, they get a yellow slash under Sign Enforceable Agreements to indicate they’ve met some conditions of this demand. They are also on the positive side of our Accord Tracker.
HELP PASS LAWS
California’s Garment Worker Protection Act (SB62)
Adidas is part of an industry association, the AAFA, that vocally opposed California’s Garment Worker Protection Act, a bill that passed anyway in 2021 and which aims to end poverty pay and wage theft in California’s garment industry. Upon reaching out to Adidas, the company told us that Adidas “are not involved or engaged in any lobbying related to this proposed legislation.” While this statement indicates that the AAFA opposition does not reflect wider industry sentiment, AAFA was in fact lobbying against this bill on behalf of its membership.
Mandatory Human Rights Due Diligence (mHRDD)
In September of 2020, Adidas joined 25 other companies, businesses associations and initiatives to make a joint call for EU-wide mandatory human rights and environment due diligence legislation.