Federer’s Uniqlo deal under scrutiny

The new sponsorship deal between Japanese clothing brand Uniqlo and Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has come under fire from NGOs advocating better conditions for textile workers in South East Asia. The deal between Federer, formerly with Nike, and Uniqlo (who also sponsor Serbian player Novak Djokovic), surprised many when it was made public earlier this week at the outset of the Wimbledon Open. Although the details of the contract remain unknown, the deal is reported to be worth some $300 million over the next ten years – more than double Federer’s previous deal with Nike. + More on the commercial implications of the Federer-Uniqlo deal Now, however, attention has been drawn to the working conditions of some 2,000 Indonesian textile workers whose factory went bankrupt a few months ago, following the cancellation of a deal with Uniqlo. According to Swiss public broadcaster SRF, the workers have since been waiting in vain for the payment of outstanding salaries and ...

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