AFL, NRL and A-League: stand against using child slave labour to create footballs -- drop Summit Sport immediately.

AFL, NRL and A-League: stand against using child slave labour to create footballs -- drop Summit Sport immediately.

    1. Michael Canny
    2. Petition by

      Michael Canny

      Melbourne, Australia

October 2013


Good news! With over 1000 signatures, Summit management have confessed: child labour had been used on their products, and they will demand it cease. They’ve promised a refund on their rugby balls and will donate a quarter of the profits to Oxfam. Thanks for signing my petition and putting the pressure on Summit to make these changes! The AFL have demanded a full briefing on the matter from Summit, the A-League is seeking assurances from the brand, and the NRL have confirmed their Summit made products are not the ones from India. You can read more about Summit’s response here:

Watching the AFL Grand Final on Saturday was awesome. I love everything about the game and I can’t wait to get back on the field and kick the footy around.  But today, I learned that there are kids younger than me working to hand stitch Australian footballs.

Kids, some as young as 13, are being paid as little as $1.20 a day to make hundreds of balls for Summit football company - and Summit Sport won’t admit where its factories are, or commit to doing anything to fix this.

I love playing footy -- it’s a noble game: what happens on the ground stays on the ground and everyone's mates after. But I can’t stand the idea of playing with a ball that’s been made by a kid in a slum, in child slave labour conditions - that’s just wrong.

I’ve looked on their website, and the AFL, the NRL and the A-League, ALL have deals with Summit.  If Summit won’t say where their factories are, then they must be hiding something.

These leagues, and the heroes that play in them are what inspire us to play footy. I’m asking our AFL, NRL and A-League codes: end their deals with Summit until they stop using child slave labour to make their balls and reveal where their factories are.

It just doesn’t sit well with me, and our game, if kids are making our footballs.

AFL, NRL, A-League: Stop using Summit footballs until they stop using child labour and disclose who makes their balls

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    Reasons for signing

    • Seivelath McGamer AUSTRALIA
      • 7 months ago

      Our sports have some of the best people in it, but mixed with the worst, they look just meh. Let us rid of this evil scourge...

    • Claire Lamont MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA
      • 7 months ago

      Aside from the obvious, Australia has such pride in its sports and it's disgusting and shameful to think what goes in to creating an object which Australia holds so dear. Share some of that pride knowing those footballs are made in safe circumstances by adults being paid at appropriate rates of pay in reasonable working conditions.

    • Michael Danaher AUSTRALIA
      • 7 months ago

      I am totally opposed to the exploitation of children of any kind.

    • Lee Fisher AUSTRALIA
      • 7 months ago

      Once again money overrides humanity. This is disgraceful and neds to be stopped right now!

    • Sara Yeend AUSTRALIA
      • 7 months ago

      Slave labour and particularly children needs to be stopped worldwide. People's basic rights to fair pay are fare more important than shareholders and profits


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