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High street sw19 04-10-2013 07:33 AM

For all you Dunlop & Donnay fans.
 
Think of this before you part with your money, this guy owns all three brands Dunlop / Slazenger and Donnay!

Mike Ashley uncovered
A BBC investigation has followed the supply chain of multi-millionaire Mike Ashley's sports retailing business all the way back to one of the world's poorest countries where workers are paid around 1 per day for a 12 hour shift.

A special Inside Out programme about the controversial owner of Newcastle United football club filmed workers in Laos making clothes for his Sports Direct stores.

The factory had one sealed air conditioned room to keep cool a computerised sewing machine which was embroidering dozens of Lonsdale logos.

Elsewhere on the site hundreds of people were in long production lines in the heat sewing clothes together ready to be shipped to Mike Ashley’s UK stores. They were bagged up - and amazingly even had a 70% discount sticker already added before they left the factory.

The manager told the undercover reporters that his factory did not meet the internationally accepted standards for all garment workers – known as the AS 8000 standard.

It guarantees no child labour is used, and the workers get a living wage without excessive overtime - in a safe and decent environment.

The factory manager admitted, to meet the standard he would have to improve conditions in the factory - and pay staff more.

Many other major sports retailers - such as Nike publicly list all their suppliers who all have all passed this test. Sports Direct doesn't list its suppliers.

A spokesman for Mike Ashley told the BBC that the neither the company nor the club would be commenting. They did say that some of the questions the programme makers had written to them about were "inaccurate and misleading" – although they haven’t said in what way.

The spokesman added they'd be watching the programme closely.

Bartelby 04-10-2013 07:37 AM

Thanks for that.

Organic chickens and pigs love me already, so no child exploitation for me.

High street sw19 04-10-2013 07:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Bartelby (Post 7335914)
Thanks for that.

Organic chickens and pigs love me already, so no child exploitation for me.

You are welcome !

The Meat 04-10-2013 07:48 AM

Dunlop's designs have been getting pretty ugly since 4D so I haven't bought any, doesn't affect me too much.

Didn't know Dunlop is a brother company to Donnay.

PKfan1 04-10-2013 02:20 PM

When did Donnay stop manufacturing in Belgium?

cluckcluck 04-10-2013 02:45 PM

This is from 2010.

Relinquis 04-10-2013 02:58 PM

sad... first they hike up the stiffness of their racquets (dunlop), now we find out about this...

ericsson 04-10-2013 11:22 PM

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Originally Posted by PKfan1 (Post 7336719)
When did Donnay stop manufacturing in Belgium?

1992 were the last rackets made in Belgium. In 1993 they went bankrupt (for the second time) and became Donnay International till 1996 (production already moved to Taiwan) and in 1996 Sports Soccer (Sportsdirect) took over the license, the rest is history...

High street sw19 04-10-2013 11:43 PM

And started selling sweat shop products.

Rorsach 04-11-2013 12:15 AM

Isn't the current line of Donnay racquets from a different licensee, who rents/bought/loans the Donnay brandname from Sports Direct?

High street sw19 04-11-2013 12:19 AM

It's a license deal, but Fat Mike has final say on product like all license deals.

mctennis 04-11-2013 05:24 PM

Thanks for the info. There will always be companies using inexpensive labor where they can find it. Probably every country ( at one time or another) had children working in factories. We also had children working in the factories. Everyone back then needed to work to make ends meet. Same with the people you are talking about as well. I think we like to transfer our country and our standards to every other country. That just doesn't work out. What a working wage is here would be a kings ransom in other countries. Look at the per capita income differences in countries across the world. What a dollar would buy here would buy 1000 times that amount of something over there. So ruining an areas economy by paying a lot more to the workers then moving that company out of that area once they found another place to go would destroy that areas economy even more. I don't like sweat shop conditions either but we don't rule the world nor rule what companies do. We buy Chinese products like they are the greatest country for workers rights. They have worse than sweatshop conditions by using slave labor camps, black prisons, child labor,etc.. Of course there are some factories in China that are probably fine to look at and go through. Just what they want you to see, no more. Try going into other areas to look at where something is made that is in an area that is forbidden. Good luck with that.

High street sw19 04-12-2013 12:04 AM

Better still you can support manufacturers that sign up to ethical sourcing agreements (happily) and boycott those that do not, once they are hurt in the only place that matters ( cash ) maybe they will change then.

syke 04-12-2013 01:36 AM

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Originally Posted by mctennis (Post 7338781)
Thanks for the info. There will always be companies using inexpensive labor where they can find it. Probably every country ( at one time or another) had children working in factories. We also had children working in the factories. Everyone back then needed to work to make ends meet. Same with the people you are talking about as well. I think we like to transfer our country and our standards to every other country. That just doesn't work out. What a working wage is here would be a kings ransom in other countries. Look at the per capita income differences in countries across the world. What a dollar would buy here would buy 1000 times that amount of something over there. So ruining an areas economy by paying a lot more to the workers then moving that company out of that area once they found another place to go would destroy that areas economy even more. I don't like sweat shop conditions either but we don't rule the world nor rule what companies do. We buy Chinese products like they are the greatest country for workers rights. They have worse than sweatshop conditions by using slave labor camps, black prisons, child labor,etc.. Of course there are some factories in China that are probably fine to look at and go through. Just what they want you to see, no more. Try going into other areas to look at where something is made that is in an area that is forbidden. Good luck with that.

For tennis racquets, you can be sure Yonex won't be making theirs in labour camps.

robbo1970 04-12-2013 03:14 AM

The problem I have is that their are not many shops that sell decent rackets near me. I know SD is 90% *****e, but the Lillywhites in London does have a very good selection of all brands including the top models.

But they do also have a fair range of very low end Dunlop rackets, which are basically copies of the top rackets.

High street sw19 04-12-2013 03:30 AM

So go to a specialist like Wigmores ?

Rogael Naderer 04-12-2013 03:52 AM

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Originally Posted by High street sw19 (Post 7339289)
So go to a specialist like Wigmores ?

And pay their over inflated prices / receive advice that is lagrely based on manafacturer marketing? No thanks.

babyhagrid 04-12-2013 03:55 AM

Lilywhites are owned by SD, hence the cheap Dunlops. There is a half decent shop in Farnham, and a resonable mail order store in watford.

High street sw19 04-12-2013 04:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Rogael Naderer (Post 7339305)
And pay their over inflated prices / receive advice that is lagrely based on manafacturer marketing? No thanks.

What, you are seriously telling me that there is no specialist shop in the London area that has price matching? Wigmore do ask them. Or order from TWE !

Dave M 04-12-2013 04:36 AM

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Originally Posted by babyhagrid (Post 7339310)
Lilywhites are owned by SD, hence the cheap Dunlops. There is a half decent shop in Farnham, and a resonable mail order store in watford.

Some years ago I went on a trip to London with the family, my activity of the day was a trip lillywhites, you can not imagine how disappointed I was that it was now just a SD.....


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