South Africa: Probe into labour standards at Zakumi makers

The Global Brands Group (GBG) has launched an ethical and social compliance investigation into the Chinese company manufacturing the Soccer World Cup mascot, Zakumi, it said yesterday. “GBG has taken appropriate steps to contract Intertek (the world’s largest independent testing, inspection and certification organisation) to conduct an immediate ethical and social compliance audit and inspection of this facility,” the company said.

It has been reported that the dreadlocked leopard, Zakumi, was being manufactured in China, where workers are reportedly paid only R23 a day.

ANC member Shiaan- Bin Huang’s company, Ascendo Industrial, in KwaZulu Natal, apparently contracted the Chinese company to make the mascot. Cosatu said last week that it was “outraged” at the situation.

As Fifa’s exclusive worldwide master licensee, GBG said it would take the lead role in the review of the manufacturer. It said licensees and their third party manufacturers had committed themselves to an international code of conduct and the principles of the International Labour Organisation. This included complying with national laws and international working condition standards, the non-use of forced labour, standard working hours and the non-use of child labour.

“GBG takes these matters very seriously. We have launched a review audit as a matter of priority.

“The Chinese manufacturer in question does not produce any other Zakumi plush toys, merchandise or products.” 



2 Responses to “South Africa: Probe into labour standards at Zakumi makers”

  1. 1 Moses Inman May 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm

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  2. 2 Roscoe Pierce May 30, 2010 at 8:10 am

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