• Fila touts the high quality and Italian design of its products but factory workers in Asia, Latin America and elsewhere complain of laboring in substandard conditions to put Fila's brand on the market.
• According to China Labor Watch, workers at a Chinese factory that produces shoes for Fila were subjected to the inhalation of methylbenzene and other hazardous chemicals without protection.
• At an Indonesian factory where Fila accounts for 70 to 90 percent of all orders, the Clean Clothes campaign found that workers were subjected to sexual harassment and verbal abuse, low wages and compulsory overtime, impossibly high targets, and denial of trade unions.
• Fila has not joined multi-stakeholder initiative on labor standards and there are concerns that the company is not following its own code of compliance.
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-- Profile Updated 07/01/2010
About Fila USA
Fila is known for its athletic endorsements and as a maker of sportswear. Based in Sparks, Maryland, Fila employed 2,863 people and reported revenues of $1.75 billion in 2005.
Clean Clothes Campaign
The Clean Clothes Campaign is an international campaign that aims to improve working conditions and to empower workers in the global garment industry, in order to end the oppression, exploitation and abuse of workers in this industry, most of whom are women.
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Oxfam International’s report entitled “Offside! Labour Rights and Sportswear Production in Asia,” examines how twelve international sports brands are confronting worker rights issues in factories, particularly the right to form and join trade unions. The report presents several case studies, one of which is Tae Hwa, an Indonesian factory that supplies 70 to 90 percent of its production to FILA. Oxfam International noted a pattern of silence on the part of FILA in response to violations of trade union workers’ rights:
- FILA remained silent after Oxfam and Play Fair Alliance (PFA) called for the reinstatement of a key trade union organizer. Parkati was dismissed from Tae Hwa in 1999 after protesting working conditions
- FILA did not actively call on Tae Hwa or the government to enforce the reported workers’ rights violations, sexual harassment, verbal abuse, and so forth
- FILA remains silent about its role in Tae Hwa’s decision to move its production elsewhere
- FILA has not paid the factory workers their legal entitlements to severance pay
In fact, FILA stated that its ability to improve working conditions in its suppliers is strictly limited as there is no labor clause in their contract.
-- Oxfam, 06/01/2006
According to the Clean Clothes Campaign, “Although Fila has a Code of Business Conduct, we have not been able to trace any information on how the company actually implements its code. Fila has not joined any multi-stakeholder initiatives on labour standards. Evidence on the ground suggests that the company is far from meeting its ethical commitments.”
-- Clean Clothes Campaign, 06/28/2005
Source URL: www.cleanclothes.org/companies/fila.htm
The Clean Clothes Campaign reported serious infringements of workers' human rights at Tae Hwa, an Indonesian factory employing more than 5,000 workers, most of them women, in the production of shoes for FILA and other brands. FILA accounts for between 70 and 90 percent of orders. Problems include sexual harassment and verbal abuse; inappropriately intrusive policies; inadequate wages; compulsory overtime; impossibly high targets; and denial of trade union rights
-- Clean Clothes Campaign, 08/01/2004
According to “Play Fair at the Olympics” a 2004 report by the Clean Clothes Campaign, a number of workers at an Indonesian factory producing for Fila, Asics, Puma, Nike and Adidas stated, “Pretty girls in the factory are always harassed by the male managers. The come onto the girls, call them into their offices, whisper in their ears, touch them at the waist, arms, neck, buttocks and breasts, bribe the girls with money and threats of losing their jobs to have sex with them.”
-- Clean Clothes Campaign, 03/01/2004
Source URL: www.cleanclothes.org
Nike, Adidas, Fila and Reebok were involved with a Thai supplier called Bed & Bath which closed down its factory in 2002 owing staff $ 400,000 in back pay. Workers claimed they were forced to work through the night and even drugged to keep them awake.
-- Clean Clothes Campaign, 12/04/2002
Source URL: www.cleanclothes.org/urgent/02-12-04.htm
A 2001 report by the Chinese Labor Watch revealed that Dougguan Elegant Top Shoes, a Chinese factory that produces shoes for Reebok and Fila, used child labor and subjected workers to methybenzene and other hazardous chemicals without protection. Workers exceeded 60 hours a week and women were subjected to sexual harassment. Wages were about $25 a week
-- China Labor Watch, 10/01/2001