Child labour is hardly a new phenomenon. Some countries have attempted to address and curb this prevailing issue and yet, the number of children engaged in child labour continues to persist and climb. According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are reportedly 246 million children trapped in child labour in the world, out of which approximately 70% of them toil long, hard hours under exploitative and perilous conditions.
In the lead-up to Saturday’s Grand Final The Age/Herald broke the story of child labour in Sherrin’s supply chain. Child labour is rife in the manufacture of sporting goods in the developing world and over the years Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Puma and many others have faced scandals and allegations. Sherrin’s response has been swift and dramatic. The company cut ties with all its Indian subcontractors and hastily pulled the promotional footballs intended to be handed out at the $350-a-ticket North Melbourne Grand Final Breakfast.