The government has promised to probe
charges that its factories use children to produce merchandise for next year's
The response came after the Playfair Alliance said in a report on Monday that
children were involved in packaging licensed stationery products for the Games
in the southern region.
Olympic products are a lucrative business for both licensed manufacturers and
pirates. And some businesses may be using child labor to boost their profits.
The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games, or BOCOG, says this is
Jiang Xiaoyu, Exec. vice-president, BOCOG, said, "BOCOG will abide by the
national law of China and the Olympic licensing agreement. We strictly adhere to
the regulation on banning the use of child labor. We will deal with each and
every case of labor abuse seriously found to be true."
BOCOG also warned it would cancel the contracts of companies using child
labor and violating minimum-wage rules.
At a press conference on Tuesday, the Foreign Ministry said China is looking
into the allegations. Spokesman Qin Gang said BOCOG has "very strict" labor
rights and social responsibility requirements regarding the manufacture of
Qin Gang said, "Factories are requested to abide by Chinese labor laws and
other relevant laws, as well as additional items in the contracts. If there were
indeed violations of relevant employment regulations, BOCOG will deal with them
As the Beijing Olympics approaches, BOCOG may face even tougher situations.
Pirated products are bad enough; using child labor is worse and will damage the
reputation of the Olympic movement. BOCOG will have to handle the labor charges
first and fast.