Olympics drops Chinese firm over child labour

1 August 2007 — Beijing (CHN): The Beijing Olympic organising committee (BOCOG) has terminated a licensing contract with Lekit Stationery after an investigation found it guilty of employing child labour.

A June report accused the stationery firm, involved in the manufacture of official merchandise for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, of employing children and making them work 13-hour days.


At the time, Lekit manager Michael Lee strongly denied the claims, telling the BBC: "It’s not true. We work for some of the best brand names in the world and they check our company every month."


After completing its investigation, BOCOG said: "The report shows that from January to February 2007, Lekit Stationery was believed to have used child labour by employing eight students for packaging work, which was not related to Olympic products.


"In addition, labour contracts were not signed with some of its workers. BOCOG has decided to terminate Lekit Stationery’s right to manufacture and sell Olympic licensed products and revoked its licensing contract with the company."


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