[Originally published on The Sustainability Sensibility.]
Earlier this year, I attended the International Association for Impact Assessment’s (IAIA) annual conference in Calgary, Canada. I got to meet some incredible people and get my poutine fix. Score! Thanks to Dr Daniel Franks and Professor Rauno Sairinen for having me in their session on ‘SIA and CSR in the Mining and Energy Sectors: A Merging of Generations?’. Some excerpts from my talk…
This time last year, in the lead up to the AFL grand final, the iconic Australian brand Sherrin was heavily criticised in the Australian media for using Indian child labour to stitch AFL footballs for the Australian market.
Through a sub-contractor, children in India were found to be hand-stitching balls for as little as 12 cents each. The children, almost all of them girls, were reportedly being pulled out of school to stitch balls for up to 10 hours a day, seven days a week, with the balls sent off for Australian children to play with.