World Product Research: Sports Balls

I decided to research how sports balls are made and who makes the product. I chose this product because I wanted to see how  sports balls were made because the majority of my life consists of playing sports. You would think that some sports balls from Transnational Corporations like Nike and Adidas are made in factories but actually 75% of sports balls are hand stitched by workers in India, China, Indonesia and Pakistan. These workers stitch balls at their own homes or in factories as part of a production line.

As consumers some things about the production of this product that we should know, is that the majority of the workforce is made up of women and children. These workers often face discrimination and rarely have a voice. The workers are paid based on the quantity of the pieces sewn, as a result workers often work long hours  in extremely hot conditions , also they rarely receive legal minimum wages. A study by the International Labour Organization estimates that over 7,000 children, ages ranged from 5-14  work up to 11 hours to help their families make a larger income by stitching balls, just in the Sialkot region alone.

Fairtrade standards for sports balls makes sure that there is no discrimination against women and there will be no child labour.  It also provides a minimum wage and an additional Premium to invest in social and economic initiatives in the communities. I was really surprised when I found out that companies like Nike use child labour and discriminate women to make their products.